In-progress review of a Program 5, ATC(H) constructed for Vietnam Riverine Veteran, Michael Hennessey. "Tango" T-151-6
Project Dated: 21 June 1998
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Here is an over all shot of the basic hull arrangement. The off-white items are cast in resin, and the white parts are sheet styrene. Each part is measured, cut, and glued in the proper position following the original blueprints I have of the Program 5 ATC(H).

Another view of the well deck. Notice the two rows of ammo cans that were stowed in folding bins that ran along each side of the well deck. Below this are two folding gunner platforms. Gunners that manned the Machine guns forward could flip these down and have a better view since the well deck floor sloped downward to the rear of the boat.

Here's a shot of the well deck. Notice the shock proof/anti-mine seats, also mounted atop a collapsible frame. Their were 40 of these seats lining the center of the well deck. The legs of the seat are built similar to the original ones, made by rolling photo etched brass screen. The original were made of steel mesh that would collapse if the boat hit a mine. This theory was good, but overall the seats were normally tossed overboard due to the fact that the troops that rode in them preferred to lie down during transit, and also hindered their exit from the boat. It took me about 1.5 hours to construct this one prototype seat, and I'm quiet proud of the results. When completed, they will also feature seat belts just as the original. I just wanted to see if it could be done. Notice the folding racks in the background. Their were normally 4 on each side for the crew to sleep, when not in use they were folded up. Construction was accomplished by warping black thread around styrene rod and gluing card stock in the center, and suspended to the side of the well deck by scale chain much like the real thing.

Construction of the rear gunners area.

Construction of the helm with folding top hatches and a adjustable seat for the boat commander is visible.

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Rear 40-mm gunners station.

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Shot of the helm and steering wheel.

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The helms radio equipment, serine, and search light arrangement.

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