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Offline MGH

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Vietnamese sampans
« on: May 11, 2019, 08:34:12 PM »
Hey Tonkin fans,

  I ordered a couple of sampans from Gringo40 and now I'm wondered what colors would be used to paint them. I would think being civilian vessels they would certainly not be too colorful. But then what do I know, which is why I'm looking for advice!

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Re: Vietnamese sampans
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 01:38:52 AM »
I have seen some painted fairly brightly, but they are modern Sampans. These are Barrage Miniatures Vietnames river boats and junks (photos from their catalogue):



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Re: Vietnamese sampans
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 02:40:39 AM »
I had myself some of these at one point. Beautiful kits, but yes....modern.

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Re: Vietnamese sampans
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 03:14:29 AM »
Hmm the sampans are actually a pretty timeless design and the painting of eyes and bright colours is traditional. so I'm pretty sure you could paint them much as in the pics for the 1880s. Many photos show a semi cylindrical, woven grass or reed cover on these boats as a refuge from sun and rain.

The other boat, the bigger one in the second photo, from Barrage range is a Yabuta junk. Those were commissioned for use by the South Vietnamese Navy as patrol vessels and built in Japan for use in Operation Market time, the interdiction of seaborne supplies and infiltrators from the north during the Vietnam War. Motorised and definitely modern, although similar types probably predate and certainly still do exist in the region.
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Re: Vietnamese sampans
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 03:53:07 AM »
Carlos, you're a wealth of knowledge. :)

Offline WuZhuiQiu

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Re: Vietnamese sampans
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2019, 11:55:40 AM »
Earlier designs might have had fewer ribs and, earlier on, have been built up from dugout hulls, but different designs could well have coexisted.

Offline S J Donovan

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Re: Vietnamese sampans
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2019, 11:11:08 PM »
Ainsty Castings has a sampan that might work for the period
[url]http://recreationalconflict.lusagi.com/ainstypics/riverfront/3503sampanbarge.jpg[url]

Offline FierceKitty

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Re: Vietnamese sampans
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2019, 12:23:24 AM »
Ainsty Castings has a sampan that might work for the period.
[url]http://recreationalconflict.lusagi.com/ainstypics/riverfront/3503sampanbarge.jpg[url]

Which period?
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