1/144 Vietnam Revetments - 12'
To assist the Vietnamese people in their struggle with Communist forces, large numbers of U.S. Air Force strike aircraft were deployed to Southeast Asia where pavement for aircraft parking was at a premium. Operational requirements made deployments necessary before a vigorous construction program could provide enough new aircraft pavement. As a result, aircraft were parked so close together they compromised safety as well as being vulnerable to enemy attack. These conditions demanded an urgent program for the erection of protective aircraft revetments.
It was determined that the revetments would be constructed using steel bins filled with compacted earth. Each bin or "kit" would make 240 lineal feet of revetment 5 ½ feet thick and 12 feet high and would require 8420 tons of compacted fill material. It would be erected in 10-foot sections, each section being composed of 16- gauge steel panels bolted to steel columns to form the bin.
A revetment was erected and tested at Eglin AFB. Tests consisted of attacks from 50-caliber machine guns, 20-mm cannons, mortars, and 750-lb. general purpose bombs. The revetments passed all tests. Stability of the revetment was proven when a 750-lb. bomb detonated on the surface 18 feet from the revetment wall.
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhut Airfield, Saigon, Vietnam on 2 August, the Advance Party spent two weeks surveying the aprons at the three operational bases and developing and designing the final configurations. After coordinating with other responsible agencies of the operational command, 2nd Air Division, the design selected was for a revetment 105 feet wide by 90 feet long. This configuration would allow maximum flexibility in parking aircraft.
These revetments were used in Vietnam as well as Korea and at Nellis AFB in the US.
The USAFline kit is cast in resin and comprises enough components to build one revetment wall (note that three kits would be required to build a typical 'U'-shaped revetment). There are eight double sections, two single sections and two end pieces, together with “connectors” to allow plastic card strips to be added to hold the fill material (for which we recommend railway scenic products).