Note: for 21st century models, please see the the US Army in the 21st Century page.
APCs & IFVs
HMMWVs, Jeeps & FAVs
Full US Units
GHQ M1A1 Abrams
These don't have any M2 HMGs on them; eventually, I am going to order a pack from CinC and add them, but it is pretty low on the priority list. They will probably also get I94 Enterprises Chevron decals at that point.
GHQ M1A1s with GHQ NATO chevron decals. These really do add to the appearance of the vehicle, and are very easy to use.
This is GHQ's M1A1 with the machine guns that come with the kit mounted. I generally don't mount them, because they are extremely difficult to keep attached, particularly the loader's 7.62mm machine gun.
GHQ M1A1 With Mine Plow
Standard GHQ model, with their excellent mine plow. It attaches very easily to the bottom of the model.
I don't know how much I don't already have this model on here, as I have about 75...
From an unknown UK manufacturer, though not a bad model.
GHQ M1 Abrams
M1 In Official Post-1987 Three-Tone Scheme
I attempted to paint up these early GHQ M1s using the "official" 1987-onwards M1 3-tone camo scheme. I found it very difficult to maintain a consistent, identical pattern from vehicle to vehicle. Heavy machine guns are the ubiquitous CinC M2HBs.
US M1s in MERDC Euro Spring/Summer
This is the CinC version of the M1 slick. The black and armor sand are supposed to be only 5% of the total painted area each, but they don't make much impact at that level.
GHQ M1A1s in a similar scheme. Actually, I think the GHQ model represents the M1E1 (which has different style ammo blowout hatches)
Here is a group of CinC M1 slicks -- the paint job looks really effective at a distance.
Alternate CinC M1 Paint Job
This is an eBay rehab job, using slightly different paint colors, doesn't look great up close, but nice on the table.
Yet another version of CinC's M1 slick
And finally, a 4th version...
In Service Miniatures model with baggage and camo netting. Actually a neat model, which the photos do not do justice to -- it looks quite distinctive on the table.
CinC models, part of a new battalion I've painted up and mounted on Wargames Accessories bases
Unknown manufacturer. A really terrible model.
A rather rare model, now out of production. CinC's version of the original Chrysler XM-1 prototype. Painted in one of the numerous early schemes used on the M1.
Hypothetical model from ISM, with a variety of different baggage arrangements on the turrets.
This is GHQ's M60A3 in US MERDC Euro/North American summer camo. This picture doesn't really do it justice, and I will add a better one when I reclaim my workshop from the builders working on my basement.
These are older models and required a fail bit of work to rebuild after purchasing them form eBay. They are painted in MERDC Euro Fall pattern.
Other versions, older molders rebuilt from eBay
These are the old M60 castings from GHQ. They are cruder than the newer, but still decent. I got this off eBay, but they had no guns. I built the guns using three sections of plastic rod. It is probably too thick, but looks good. Given how these models looked when I got them, I am pleased with how they turned out. I have finished 13 and have about 40 more to go (including 20 M60A2s)
These are some of my favorite models. CinC did a great job with them.
A far better paint job...
CinC M48 hull with CinC M60A3 turret
This one has an ACAV turret inserted in the commander's cupola. I believe it is a CinC model.
Painted up in generic NATO colors. Not entirely sure who actually used them outside of Israel.
CinC on the left, GHQ on the right
I went a little bit heavy with the black wash on the GHQ model.
This is one of the cases where the GHQ model is definitely superior to the CinC version.
GHQ Sheridan (Later Production)
This is the GHQ model with the updated commander's station.
This one is from a UK manufacturer, and appears to be about 1/350
|APCs & IFVs
The model in the back is what they look like ion the table, rather than under a flash.
Here is a different set of GHQ M2A2s, which I attempted to paint in the official NATO tri-color pattern.
GHQ M2 Bradleys
NATO tri-color paint schme with GHQ infatnry.
A different version, painted up in MERDC.
And even more GHQ Bradleys, with GHQ decals
One vehicle from each company in a scale battalion, along with the scout team (S) and headquarters track (34)
CinC M2 Bradleys
These models appear to be made off of an earlier prototype, and while the general form is accurate, many of the final details are lacking.
This was one of the proposals for the program that ultimately led to the M2 Bradley. It was effectively the later Bradley with less armour and a smaller turret. This unusual model is from Heroics & Ros.
M113A3s on top, with NATO Tri Color paint job, M113 in inferior version of MERDC Euro Fall at the bottom with GHQ infantry
Another Version of GHQ's M113A3
A fine model, which comes with a molded command figure.
A pair of GHQ M113s with CinC M2HBs
Not a great model
GHQ M113 ACAV
This is the newer mold; the older (dating from sometime in the seventies) is crude at best. I will include a shot of it here at some point
A very early version of the GHQ ACAV... probably from the 1970s.
GHQ M114 Scout Vehicle
Cadillac Gage Commando
An excellent Vietnam-era model from GHQ
A speculative model of an M113 with the dual HMG/AGL turret from the AAAVP-7
My US helicopters are fairly plain, although I am looking to get some lo-viz markings for them.
GHQ AH1, GHQ AH64 Apache
Another shot of the GHQ AH-64
An outstanding model; my only complaint is that the rotor blades are too fragile.
An excellent and unique model from Starling Miniatures -- only 15 or so built in real life before being cancelled in favor of the AH-1
Comes with both metal rotors and plastic rotor discs
Anyone know how to glue on rotor discs without getting that fogging?
A decent model; the rotor is plastic cardstock
No rotors on these -- I was unable to get the factory version to assemble properly. Eventually I'll get GHQ brass rotors to do the job.
CinC OH58A, GHQ OH-6 Cayuse
I picked up 9 of these off of eBay. I believe these are originally made by Heroics & Ros. I replaced the rotors with GHQ etched brass.
AH-6 Little Bird
A really cool little model of the attach helo variant of the OH-6 Cayuse from GHQ.
Heroics & Ros models with GHQ infantry. Rotors are again GHQ photo etched brass. The rotor mounts are cut down wire brads.
Early UH-1 from Viking Forge with GHQ brass rotors and brass wire for door guns
A fine model from GHQ -- used early in Vietnam
Another excellent GHQ model, but props are tough to keep on
This was my first aircraft. From H&R, not a bad model at all (their aircraft tend to compare more favorably to other manufactuers than their armor models do). I added GHQ bombs and missiles. I consider the paint job to be a learning experience.
This model is from CinC, but while it is an excellent sculpt, I can't recommend it -- it is too difficult to keep from falling apart.
The fine GHQ model -- comes with a veritable arsenal of ordnance
Another, much worse version of the GHQ A-10
Skywarrior models, decals from a variety of sources, including I-94 Enterprises and Nichimo 1/300 plastic aircraft. Armaments from GHQ's aircraft weapons packs.
A fantastic model from CinC. Truly a work of art.
The GHQ version... unfortunately, one got dropped and was damaged.
Another excellent model from CinC
An excellent version of the F-15 from GHQ
A really awful F-15 (complete with landing gear) from an unknown manufacturer (could be Skywarrior)
This is GHQ's excellent F-4E, with accessories from their airborne weapons pack. The decals are scavenged from a Nichimo 1/300 kit, with tail codes from I-94 Enterprises.
An interesting model from ISM -- comes with bombs already attached.
Part of a large lot of Skytrex aircraft I picked up off eBay. This is a huge model -- feels like it weighs about a pound. Despite the relative lack of detail, size, proportion, and general 'feel' seem right. The decal on the tail is from I-95 Enterprises, while the one on the wing (which is probably ahistorical) is from Nichimo.
H&R Model. Easily the most basic paint job I've even done. Ultra-flat black body, dark grey air intakes, gloss windows.
Unpainted resin model from Gamecraft Miniatures.
An absolutely fantastic model from Gamecraft Miniatures. They are promising more aircraft, and I hope they follow through.
This is the model painted with commercial ultra-flat black spray paint
GHQ M728 CEV
Standard US combat engineering vehicle, based on an M60 chassis.
M728 without lift arms in MERDC Euro Spring
Another version, this one reclaimed from eBay and not good
A vastly better version...
A fine model, superior to its GHQ equivalent.
Easily the nicest model of a bridging vehicle out there
Scotia M9 ACE
Somewhat crude M9 Armored Combat Earthmover. Still, at about 60 cents apiece, quite inexpensive. It would be a much better model with some definition to the running gear.
M35 Truck with GEMSS Minethrower
GHQ truck, unknown "frisbee flinger"
An absolutely fantastic model from CinC. A rare subject, but extraordinarily well done.
New models from a new company. These are actually WWII dozers, but similar models remained in use with all of NATO throughout the Cold War. I need a better shot of these guys.
A great model, and crucial to any engineering unit
M132 Flamethrower Vehicle
A nice model, particularly the turrets.
Another camo scheme, including one with a FAASV ammo vehicle
The M109A6 Paladin by GHQ is one of their best models, and one of the best I own. It is well detailed with jerrycans on the side of the turrent and a CinC-style HMG mount (the hatch and the MG are one piece, making it easy to mount and easy to keep in place)
Not a bad model
Basic paint job -- served with various NATO armies through the 1980's.
Another paint job...
Heroics & Ros MLRS Battery
Inferior to its GHQ counterpart, but better than the Skytrex, which is wretched. These models have some stock plastic detailing added. Painting note: US Army Europe MLRS units were in MERDC camo right through until the end of the Cold War.
ISM MLRS Reload Vehicle
GHQ M198 155mm Towed Howitzer
An excellent model from GHQ, figures are GHQ WWII US summer artillery crew.
Here is the same gun ready for towing.
H&R Lance Launcher and Reload Vehicle
GHQ M106 in MERDC
Several more M106's with Dragon 1/144 decals
Stevens International M106
I believe these to be re-packaged Skytrex models
Older M106s ... I believe the one in the rear is an old GHQ models from the 1970s (though I have an even older model.)
|Air Defense Systems|
Really, not one of their best models, which is not helped by a mediocre paint job. Unfortunately, the CinC version is not significantly better.
A comparison of the CinC and GHQ models
Not a great model
CinC Hummer Avenger
One of the last new models released by CinC -- an excellent casting with multiple parts. The others are CinC HUMMWVs with Mk19 AGLs
CinC M730A1 Chapparal
Another fine model from CinC. The only thing it lacks is the frames for the canvas cover that are usually stores on the front of the vehicle.
Another version, with a MERDC camo scheme and the optional cab cover.
GHQ M42 Duster
One of GHQ's new releases from the last few years, the detail is just fantastic.
H&R M247 Sgt York
Also known as the DIVADs (Divisional Air Defense System), was cancelled just as it reached the production stage. Problems throughout development yielded a system that could not meet requirements (although whether those requirements were realistic is another question entirely.)
Another version of the modely, using the same turret with the guns from the CinC AMX-30 DCA, and a GHQ M48 Hull.
M48 Chassis with US version of Roland. I believe this is the H&R model
Air Defense Anti-Tank System on M113 Chassis
Self Propelled HAWK
From H&R, I believe this version of the ubiquitous SAM was phased out of US service early. I think more will be ordered and the missiles used to scratch build ground mounts.
Amraam Ground Mount
A hypothetical vehicle; picked this one up off of eBay, rebuilt it and repainted it. An AIM-120 battery mounted on a HEMTT.
Don't know anything about this vehicle, except what the package said...
AN/MLQ-34 Tactical Jammer
This is a custom built model using a CinC M548 as a base. I actually built two, each with slightly different rails for around the body.
GHQ M88 Hercules Armored Recovery Vehicle
A nice model by GHQ, particularly like the tracks on the hull.
Part of buying off of eBay is that you often end up with some models in unusual numbers. I have about 25 US recovery vehicles of various types.
Another GHQ model with a different (better but you wouldn't know it from photo) paint scheme
and another version from a UK manufacturer
Tthere is not a great different between the GHQ and CinC versions.
Painted in MERDC Euro Spring
More of the same, these in NATO tri-color
Another verion, this one from CinC
The ubiquitous M577 command vehicle, seen here with nylon paint brush antennaes. There is an older GHQ model out there from the seventies that is far cruder (and out of scale).
Similar in quality to the GHQ example.
This is one of the best ISM models I have seen so far -- the base model looks to be "borrowed" from GHQ, and the add-on baggage, tarps and jerry cans are very effective. I might go as far as rating this the best M577 out there. Looks great on the table top, although like most of my photos, these are too washed out to really show that.
Mech Battalion Command Group
CinC M901 and GHQ M548
Two CinC tank destroyers and a GHQ armoured transport.
Painted in MERDC Euro Spring
Another version of the same, better painted
This is from a UK manufacturer, I believe H&R
Older SP TOW from CinC. Not the best model -- really just a base M113 with a hole drilled for the TOW launcher. A better version would include the later kevlar tent that was common.
GHQ Scorpion Self Propelled 90mm Gun
Tracked supply vehicle from Scotia (I think)
This version is from Skytrex
Modern heavy truck. Model comes in three parts, which greatly adds to its detail level.
GHQ HEMTT Fueler
Another excellent model, although this shot is a bit washed out.
M35 6X6 Trucks -- GHQ, H&R (I believe), CinC
The CinC models is best of the lot, with a removable cargo bay cover and multi-piece chassis.
CinC Version of the ubiquitous M35A2
and more of them:
This is GHQ's version
ISM Medium Truck With Cargo
A decent model from ISM, I believe it is supposed to be an M-35. While I like the cargo in the bed, the quality of the casting is not great.
1960s era US heavy truck. I believe these are Skytrex models.
GHQ Gamma Goat
For some reason, I have about 60 of these things...
Yet more Gamma Goats
ISM US M35 Van Back Comm Vehicle?
ISM Semi Trailer
Painted up to look like an Ikea truck, an idea I got from somewhere else on the web (don't remember where)
Scotia GMC Trucks -- cargo and radio versions
|HMMWVs, Jeeps & FAVs|
ISM Hellfire Hummer
This is a speculative vehicle put out by In Service Miniatures -- it appears to mount a pair of Hellfire heavy ATGMs on a pedestal on top of a HMMWV. Kind of a neat little model.
CinC HMMWV-TOW with one by Skytrex (I think)
A NATO Tri-Color HMMWV-TOW
Skytrex HMMWV Fire Support Vehicle
Not 100% clear what weapon that is supposed to be...
ISM HMMWV C3I
Command variant -- and yes, I failed to paint the antennae...
Another fantastic entry from CinC -- unfortunately, my ability to paint a red cross is apparently rather limited. It should have been easy; the model has the design scribed on the side.
H&R Cargo Variant
Jeep with 106mm Recoilless Rifle
GHQ M151 Jeeps
These are new (2007?) models, and come 7 to a pack. Excellent models -- this is the TOW version.
CinC Jeeps With TOW
ISM FAV with TOW
ISM FAV w/40mm Mk19 AGL
Scotia (?) FAVs
GHQ's modern US heavy weapons and infantry are excellent, far better than every other manufacturers. They are a bit large in scale, but it allows sufficient detail in the models and makes them paintable.
Infantry and Command
Forward Observer and Stinger
Custom Built Units
I needed 81mm Mortar and M2HB units, so I decided to build them from GHQ modern US heavy weapons teams. The HMG team came out great, and uses the CinC M2HB. However, the mortar, made with a length of plastic, was not a success. Still, they'll suffice.
GHQ Vietnam-Era Infantry
I'm using these models to represent US Army National Guard infantry
The two Vietnam-era infantry packs are are in some ways better than their modern US counter parts -- there is a wider variety of poses in the infantry packs, and a good selection of weapons in the heavy weapons pack -- 81mm & 107mm mortars, 90mm RR gunners, M60 gunners, infantry with shotguns (might be 40mm grenade launchers?), mortar crew, commanders, radio men, etc. More to follow.
81mm Mortar and Crew
Heavy Machinegun Team
4.2" Mortar Team
Main Force Miniatures Infantry
Lumpy stands, but useable. Organized as a light infantry battalion (platoon-scale)
Dragon Team, though it is tough to tell
Machine Gun Team
US National Guard ROAD Infantry Battalion
Common organization in 1960s-1970s for regular army, survived in some National Guard units into the late 1980s.
3 Infantry companies, each with 3 platoons and a weapons stand in front, along with a command stand and a FO stand. In back are a pair of AT vehicles (in this case, Jeeps w/106mm recoilless rifles). Also, a Redeye stands, a heavy weapons stand, and a 4.2" mortar stand.
US National Guard ROAD Infantry Brigade
3 Battalions, plus engineer company, MP company, 155mm Howitzer battalion, along with Jeeps for command stands.
ISM FAV Company
M60 and M1 Battalions, along with AVLBs
National Guard Mech Brigade