Wednesday, August 16, 2017


A sturdy building.

It has a spot for a flagpole so I printed out an RSI one.

When the Allies invaded Italy, the government fell and was reorganized in two.

One was a co-belligerent with the Allies and the other continued to fight alongside the Germans, the RSI.

The rear door is a strong metal door.

The  upstairs window is blocked almost completely.

Back door.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fascist Italy

Lifelike made a host of American style buildings for decades.

This one was called the Woodlawn Police Station.

It's an HO scale plastic kit.

The original kit is molded in several colors, you can often find unpainted used ones.

I decided to make mine into an RSI headquarters.

I downloaded a number of posters from the Internet and printed them out in tiny sizes.

The kit has little flash and goes together well.

The fascines on the light poles and the columns at the entrance to the front door give a very Fascist look to the building.

The fascine is a symbol of Mussolini's Italy.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Republic of South Vietnam

Recently the City of Westminster, California dedicated a monument to South Vietnamese heroes. 

When Saigon, the capital city of South Vietnam, fell to the Communists, most people in South Vietnam knew the war was lost.

Many high ranking military officials killed themselves rather than submit to Communist rule...

And as an atonement for failure.

US and ARVN soldiers.

Bunkermeister welcomes readers from Vietnam.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Vietnam War Era Jeeps

Known locally as the "Jeep Guys" these are Vietnam War reinactors.

They operate and maintain an excellent collection of Vietnam War era Jeeps.

They are all in driving condition.  They range from gloss to flat finishes.

Most are M151 series, but some are older Jeeps.

They also show various military insignia.

Radios, flags...

And a host of uniforms, small arms, and vehicle gear...

An impressive sight seeing them all together.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

ARVN Museum

Many of these models from the Museum of History of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces are riverine ships.

I really liked this model.

Models were clean and the displays were well lighted.

I loved these first two ships.

LST with doors open.

Tank battle miniature in 1/35th scale, new.

The aircraft models were great.

I am inspired to make a few of these myself!

Particularly some of these the US military did not use.

They fly the American and South Vietnamese flags out front.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Museum of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces

Recently MRS Bunkermeister and I visited the the Museum of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces.

A small museum, but very well done.  They have a nice Facebook page.

Nice collection of field gear.

Nice open display.

I spoke to one of the docents and he said their large collection of ships models were donated by several ARVN veterans who built them.

Most of these are American ships that were transferred to South Vietnam.

The models are excellent.

Most seem about 1/72 to 1/100 scale.

Despite being behind glass they photographed well.

Hot Wheels M113, Australian Fire Support Vehicle in HO scale.

Welcome to all those veterans of the Vietnam War who fought for freedom and democracy.