Message from Springbok in South African Border War: Operation Savannah #modeling


2019-04-12 13:27:46 UTC  

R5 was also used by pilots and crewmen right?

2019-04-12 13:27:50 UTC  

Nope

2019-04-12 13:27:51 UTC  

R4

2019-04-12 13:28:00 UTC  

Pilots mostly had pistols

2019-04-12 13:28:19 UTC  

Ah alright

2019-04-12 13:30:03 UTC  

Do you know exactly when the R4 was adopted?

2019-04-12 13:30:07 UTC  

As so far I haven't got a clue

2019-04-12 13:30:24 UTC  

Not mentioned in any of the books I've read thus far...

2019-04-12 13:30:25 UTC  

83-84

2019-04-12 13:30:49 UTC  

85 all the combat units had R4

2019-04-12 13:31:25 UTC  

Im sitting with my dad and a pal if i should ask them any questions?

2019-04-12 13:32:15 UTC  

Alright lekker, I needed to know because I want get the equipment more or less accurate per operation of course not every operation will be featured as not all of them were major ops

2019-04-12 13:32:29 UTC  

Yes yes

2019-04-12 13:33:38 UTC  

Ja I have a few questions on my mind right now

2019-04-12 13:33:46 UTC  

Shoot my man

2019-04-12 13:37:09 UTC  

I've found a couple of images of the Unimog soft skinned vehicle in use in SWA were these used quite often? As I'm not sure whether to include them or not as the Buffel is pretty much the same thing just with the armoured cabin.

It may just be a waste of time and resources to include this if it wasn't used in high numbers.

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/510512702636949507/566255490015952907/6c2edb1a068d4c78ed9a5fba521096b6.jpg

2019-04-12 13:38:41 UTC  

Second question.

Was the Y2 MGL widely issued? I only have a few references of it and nothing more. I'd like to know what units and roles were they issued to and what time frame? 80's?

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/510512702636949507/566255874599944192/5470717709_2759f00c0e_b.jpg

2019-04-12 13:39:58 UTC  

Unimogs are early war, after 86 only SF in mozam used mogs

2019-04-12 13:40:26 UTC  

You could maybe just use the buffel

2019-04-12 13:41:13 UTC  

Ja I may consider doing the soft skin Unimog down the line just to flesh out the SADF early war period a bit but it's not a priority at the moment

2019-04-12 13:41:25 UTC  

Have you shown them my Buffel and other vehicles?

2019-04-12 13:42:01 UTC  

Snotneus was only issued to fighting units as far as they know

2019-04-12 13:42:16 UTC  

My dad only used it when they were attached to 62 mech

2019-04-12 13:42:49 UTC  

Wasn't the Snotneus the M79?

2019-04-12 13:43:02 UTC  

Or was the "snotneus" nickname also applied to the Milkor Y2 MGL?

2019-04-12 13:45:06 UTC  

My Milkor Y2 MGL still work in progress. Been awhile since I worked on it though as I was preoccupied with the other models.

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/510512702636949507/566257490455429122/screenshot004.png

2019-04-12 13:45:06 UTC  

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/510512702636949507/566257492548386825/screenshot005.png

2019-04-12 13:45:23 UTC  

They applied snotneus to all GLs

2019-04-12 13:45:40 UTC  

Ah alright good to know

2019-04-12 13:45:49 UTC  

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/510512702636949507/566257672643543041/stefano-corrado-23509101-419329041818593-4863519299732092939-o.jpg

2019-04-12 13:46:17 UTC  

And it was issued after 83-84 as well

2019-04-12 13:46:45 UTC  

They started using more MAGs per unit as well

2019-04-12 13:46:53 UTC  

More mortars as well

2019-04-12 13:46:58 UTC  

Lots of 60mm

2019-04-12 13:48:18 UTC  

The M26 grenade was also used by troops correct? https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/M-61Grenade.jpg

2019-04-12 13:53:13 UTC  

Yes m26

2019-04-12 13:54:10 UTC  

Was the writing on the grenade in English or Afrikaans? Since I believe they were locally manufactured the writing on the grenades if there was any may have differed from the US version? Might be something difficult to recall though.

2019-04-12 13:54:38 UTC  

It's the small details like this that while not super important are nice to get right.

2019-04-12 13:58:02 UTC  

English

2019-04-12 13:59:33 UTC  

Okay cool. That's about it for now, thanks man.