Tag Archives: Vietnam

Fall of Saigon

Lego Saigon Street Corner

This beautifully messy street scene entitled ‘Street corner of Saigon’ comes from Flickr’s Know Your Pieces, and it perfectly captures the jumble of detritus found on any number of East Asian street corners, with plastic stools, a broken moped, and a compressor all expertly recreated in Lego form. One fixture of Saigon’s street corners is notably absent, but seeing as the metropolis, now know as Ho Chi Minh City, is today a throughly modern and advanced megacity we won’t give credence to that old stereotype. See more of the way things used to be at Know Your Pieces’ photostream via the link above.

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Blue on Blue

Skymaster

Given the USAF’s propensity for shooting its allies and own forces, painting “Don’t Shoot” in large letters on your aircraft isn’t as silly as it first seems. During the Vietnam War era, when precision systems such as GPS weren’t invented and other electronics such as IFF were unreliable, it was a very practical thing to do. Forward Air Control  was, and still is, a high risk business.

Whilst the custom stickers might be the first thing that catch your eye on Henrik Jensen’s Cessna O-2 Skymaster, there’s other stuff to see too. Henrik has added some military stores under the wings and changed the windscreen from the trans-clear of his civil version, to a toned-down trans-brown. Take a look at Henrik’s MOC on Flickr and then see Danny Glover flying the real thing in the highly fictionalised, BAT*21.

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Gone Fishing

Lego Chinese Boat

This enchantingly beautiful Vietnamese fishing boat is not our usual blogging fodder. However, in parts of Asia the boat is the car, so we’re bending the rules a bit! Either way, Hoang Dang‘s creation is one of the greatest we’ve seen this year. See more of his incredible vessel on Flickr by heading over via the link above.

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