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Flames of War  Wargames Illustrated

 

M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)

M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200) M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)
includes one M577 Command Vehicle & one Vehicle Commander figure.

The M577 is a derivative of the M113 series of Armoured Personnel Carriers; it is essentially a standard M113 but with an elevated roof that begun just behind the driver’s position. Originally designed as a command post vehicle, the M577 was also used as a fire-direction centre, communications vehicle and to provide mobile medical treatment.

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Tour Of Duty
The Vietnam War defined a generation, whether it was through service in Vietnam or opposition to the war. The war in Vietnam remains one the bloodiest wars since the Second World War.

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Tour Of Duty
M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)
The hull was of all-welded aluminium construction and provided the crew with a basic level of protection from small arms fire and shell fragments. In case of emergency, the crew could exit the vehicle via a door at situated at the rear of the vehicle in the powered ramp used to load the vehicle. The M577 also carried a tent extension that afforded the crew more space to operate when in a static position, these tents could be joined together to create a command post made up of several vehicles.

Design by Evan Allen
Painted by Mark Hazell

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The M577 in Flames Of War Vietnam
      Armour
   
Name
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
M577
Light Tank 2
2
1
Amphibious, Wide tracks.
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Amphibious
Amphibious vehicles are designed to swim, carrying their passengers across rivers or lakes.

Amphibious vehicles treat all Impassable water terrain as Difficult Going instead of Impassable. If Passengers are forced to Dismount for any reason while in Impassable water, they drown and count as Destroyed.

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Wide Tracks
Some excellent tank designs have successfully utilised wider tracks, allowing them to cross almost any terrain.


If a vehicle with Wide Tracks becomes Bogged Down while attempting to cross Rough Terrain, roll again. On a roll of 4+ the vehicle immediately frees itself and continues moving.
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Contents of the M557 Blister Pack
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M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)
Description of Components
a. 1x Right-hand side fender.
b.
1x Left-hand side fender.
c. 1x .50 cal MG turret.
d. 1x Vehicle commander figure.
e. 1x Cargo ramp door.
f.
1x Cargo ramp.
g. 1x Hatch sprue.
h. 1x Trim vane sprue.
i. 1x Right-hand side track.
j. 1x Left-hand side track.
k. 1x Resin M577 hull.
Assembling The M577 Command Vehicle
Step 1. Begin assembly of the M577 with the tracks.

Tip: Each track is stamped with the letter 'R' or 'L' to indicate correct orientation.

Step 2. Attach the tracks to the hull of the M577.

Tip: When referring to left or right-hand side in regards to a Flames Of War miniature, the orientation is determined as if looking at the vehicle from the rear.
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Tip: Each fender is stamped with the letter 'R' or 'L' to indicate correct orientation. Step 3. Next, attach the side fenders to the hull of the M577.

Below:
Attach the side fenders to the M577 hull.
M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)
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Step 4. Attach the driver's hatch to the top of the hull. Step 5. Next, attach the trim vane to the front of the hull.
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Below: The trim vane attached to the front of the M577. Step 6. Attach the cargo ramp door to the inside of the cargo ramp.
Step 7. Next, attach the cargo ramp to the rear of the M577.
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Below: The cargo ramp attached to the rear of the M577. Step 8. Next, attach the hatch to the .50 cal MG turret. Step 9. Finally, attach the .50 cal MG turret to the top of the M577.
M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)
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M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)
M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)
Below: The .50 cal MG turret in place.
Phil's Tip: During the conflict in Vietnam it was more common to see the M577 without the .50 cal MG. To do this, simply attach the turret hatch direct to the top of the M577 as seen in the example below. Below: With the .50 cal MG turret / top hatch in place, the fully-assembled M577 ready for the painting table.
M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)
M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)
M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)
M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)
Adding A Vehicle Commander
Step 1. Attach the .50 cal MG turret hatch to the turret ring in an open position.
Step 2. Attach the turret to the top on the M577 and add the vehicle commander inside the open hatch.
Below: The fully-assembled M577 Command Vehicle complete with vehicle commander ready for painting.
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US Vehicle Painting Guide
M577 Command Vehicle (VUS200)