3 Aug 2019

12mm M132 Zippo from Butlers Printed Models

One American M132 Armoured Flamethrower (Zippo). Available in 6mm (1/285), 12mm (1/144), 15mm (1/100), 20mm (1/76) and 28mm (1/56).

 The M132 Armoured Flamethrower (nickname, "Zippo") was a United States built flamethrower armed variant of the M113 and M113A1 armoured personnel carriers developed in the early 1960s. Approximately 350 were accepted into service.

The first prototype of the vehicle was produced in August 1962 when a flamethrower was mounted on a M113. This prototype was only used in combat situations four times that year.

In December 1964, the First Armoured Cavalry was sent two M132 flamethrower armoured vehicles. Based on combat experiences with the vehicle the Army Concept Team advised that four M132s and two M113s be shipped to each regiment.

Standard operating procedure was to use the 7.62mm coaxial machine-gun to suppress the target until the M132 could be manoeuvred into the flamethrower range. Sometimes a “wet burst” of unignited fuel would be sprayed into the target first, only to be ignited by a second “flaming burst.” This was found to do more damage to the target.

 M132 Zippo

M132 Zippo picture 1

M132 Zippo picture 2

M132 Zippo picture 3

Pictures shown are for 15mm models

All models supplied unpainted, unbased and without crew (figures)

3D printed to order

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