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Flencer Amphibious Scout Vehicle (ASV)
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Flencer's ASV, a sleek and nimble amphibious scout.
About this creation
In the early 1960s, as the civil war in Vietnam raged on, Flencer worried that soon, Great Britain and her allies would be sucked into the conflict. They studied photos, paintings, and maps of Vietnam to design a perfect Infantry Fighting Vehicle that would be well-suited to Vietnam's tough, jungly terrain. What resulted was not an IFV at all, but rather a one-man forward observation all-terrain, amphibious vehicle. Predictably, it was named the Flencer Amphibious Scout Vehicle, or ASV. A sort of hovercraft with wheels, it was designed to spot enemy positions on the water and in the jungles. However, when deployed in the jungle, especially during the monsoon season, the ASV frequently became stuck due to it being wheeled and not tracked. On Vietnam's many swamps and rivers, the ASV performed admirably. Its two 12-cylinder engines, borrowed from World War Two aircraft, propelled it along at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Another drawback of the ASV besides the jungle mud was that it was unarmed. However, many were field-modified with two AN/M2 .50-caliber machine-guns, also taken from World War Two aircraft. When used on land, the two propellers on the back were easily removed, then put back on before entering the water. The ASV entered service with the Royal Navy in 1966. In the Vietnam War, many were used to good effect by Australia and New Zealand, the main "Allied" fighters of the war behind the AVRN and US. The ASV shown here is fresh from the Motorworks, and thus is unarmed.

This MOC is once again a slight modification of Lego Creator set 31003 "Red Rotors", this time of the hovercraft. All that is added is the wheels, two glass blocks behind the large one, and the cover for the canopy. The wheels and glass were both taken from the set, but the cover is from my own bucket of Legos.

The front. The red half-cylinder piece behind the canopy is actually an infrared radar, used for night patrols.

The left side, nothing different from the right.

The back, not much to gawk at...

The bottom. The two cone blocks are a sort of muffler for each engine. Also note the tricycle-like wheel setup. The front wheel posed some problems on the ASV, because it often bent and broke away, due to the wheel not being able to support the weight of the front of the craft.

The ASV in real water! My basement frequently floods due to the old A/C among other things, so there's about an inch of receding water in my room. My ASV travels through it, searching for those nasty Vietcong!

Country of origin: UK, used by Australia and New Zealand
Powerplant: 2 1,280hp Packard V-1650-3 V12 engines
Top Speed: 40mph/64kph
Armament: None, though field modifications allowed for 2 .50-caliber machine-guns

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