Project RIPCORD:

 A Vietnam Fire Support Base in 1/72 scale

  • Article:  Ralph Nardone
  • Members of AMPS Central South Carolina “Wildcats” and Perry McLeod 
  • Period Photos from RIPCORD:  Christopher Jensen
  • “This article was originally published in the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society’s magazine Boresight and is reprinted here with permission.”

Special Thanks to RIPCORD veteran Craig Van Hout (B-2/506th) for his firsthand account of being on RIPCORD throughout the battle and all his help in obtaining photographs for the Diorama project and being the Liaison for the Ripcord Association.

The construction of the Firebase Ripcord Diorama
from start to finish in 6 parts. 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

The Project        The Base        Hardscape         Details       Models       Figures        Final Countdown        Moving the Diorama       Quick Tour       Lessons Learned       The Team