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K-3 (PT-76) Ironclad Company (VPABX03)
K-3 (PT-76) Ironclad Company (VPABX03)
includes five K-3 (PT-76) Armoured Personnel Carriers, one Tank Commander sprue, ten Rare earth magents & One PAVN Tank Decal sheet.

The People’s Army committed their armour into battle in battalions,
Tiểu Đoàn Thiết Giáp (pronounced thee-ow doh‑ahn tee-et harp), and grouped these into entire regiments.

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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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As aid from China and the Soviet Union increased, their armoured strength grew rapidly from a single battalion in 1965 to three armoured regiments in 1971. This gave them a significant advantage over the puppet forces as each battalion had more tanks than an entire ARVN armoured brigade.

The Vietnamese term xe thiết giáp (ironclad vehicle) is used to refer to tanks. However, the influence of the English word ‘tank’ has also led to the use of xe tăng (pronounced ser tung), or simply tăng as well. Confusingly, tăng itself means increase or up.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Blake Coster
K-3 (PT-76) Ironclad Company (VPABX03)
The K-3 (PT-76) in Flames Of War
      Armour
   
Name
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
 
K-3 (PT-76)
Standard Tank 2 1
1
Co-ax MG, .50 cal AA MG, Amphibious, Wide tracks.
D-56T 76mm gun 32"/80cm
2
11 3+
 
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Built as a amphibious light tank, the K-3 (Soviet designation PT-76) was ideal for operations in Vietnam where its light armour and mobility allowed it to manoeuvre through terrain that would stop other vehicles. Armed with a 76mm gun it could knock out enemy gun positions, but was less reliable against enemy armour.
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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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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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Hen and Chicks
Tank crews are trained and equipped with Soviet tanks. Their doctrine requires the entire company to operate as a single entity under tight control of the company commander. Combined with a preference for going into battle with all hatches closed, this results in Nationalist tanks following their company commander, as the Germans described it in the Second World War, ‘like chicks following a mother hen’.


If a Nationalist Warrior or Platoon Command team moves in the Movement Step, all of the Tank teams in its platoon (Nationalist company) must move as well. If the Platoon Command team does not move, only Tank teams that started the Movement Step Out of Command may move.

Any Tank team that moves adds +1 to the score required to hit when shooting with its main gun. This gives a cumulative penalty of +2 for ROF 1 weapons unless they have Stabilisers. Machine-guns do not suffer this penalty.
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The K-3 (PT-76) Ironclad Company Advance
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The Contents of the K-3 (PT-76) Ironclad Company Box Set
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K-3 (PT-76) Ironclad Company (VPABX03)
Description of Components
a. 10x Rare earth magnets.
b.
1x Tank commander sprue.
c. 5x Turret hatches.
d. 5x Main guns.
e.
5x .50cal AA MGs.
f. 5x Mudguard sprues.
g. 5x Left-hand side tracks.
h. 5x Right-hand side tracks.
i. 5x Resin K-4 (PT-76) turrets & hulls.
Decal Sheet
Also included in the K-3 (PT-76) Ironclad Company box set is one PAVN tank decal sheet.
K-3 (PT-76) Ironclad Company (VPABX03)
Assembling The K-3 (PT-76)
Step 1. Begin assembly 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 resin hull.

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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Step 3. Next, attach the mudguards to the front and rear of the hull.

Tip: The mudguards are generic so can be used in anywhere on the hull.
Below: Both front mudguards attached to the hull.
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Step 4. Attach the mudguards to the rear of the hull.
Below: Both rear mudguards attached to the hull.
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Step 5. Next, attach the main gun to the front of the turret. Below: The main gun attached to the front of the turret.
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Step 6. Attach the turret hatch to the top of the turret.
Step 7. Finally, attach a AA machine-gun the rear of the turret.
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Adding A Tank Commander
Step 1. Attach the commander's hatch to the turret in the open position. Step 2. Add the tank commander figure of your choice. Tip: It may be necessary to reposition the AA machine-gun to accommodate the tank commander and the open hatch.
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Adding Rare Earth Magnets

Evan has created a recess for a rare earth magnet in the hull of the tanks included in the box set.

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Below: The magnet recess complete with magnet.

Below: Simply glue a rare earth magnet to the bottom of the turret and you have a safe and secure way of attaching the turret to the hull.
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Below: The fully-assembled K-3 (PT-76) with and without a commander.
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PAVN Tank Painting Guide
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Last Updated On Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Blake at Battlefront