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Mystery Van.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:18 AM UTC
Just laid my hands on a Takom T3 van. Kit comes with Bundeswehr and Syrian army decals. I know the Lebanese , Danes, and US Army in Germany used them. What other military users were there? I have some Croat, Ukrainian, and Greek/ Cypriot decals kicking around that would look spiffy if they can be justified. (I know STar does a set from the Balkans CF with a Croat militia medical vehicle, but I'd like to use what I have.
Paulinsibculo
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:46 AM UTC
https://politievoertuigen.nl/Kmar/Volkswagen%20T3.html

Some Dutch alternatives:

Dutch Koninklijke Marechaussee (Military Police)
LonCray1
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 01:54 AM UTC
Yeah, the US Army in the mid 80's used a ton of those things. They were the USAREUR equivalent of the CUCV Blazer used in CONUS.
Frenchy
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 03:06 AM UTC
Apparently, Swedish and Finnish armies used them as well (the few I've seen all had the high top roof though...).

Here's a (ex-?) Finnish Army (Ilmavoimat) one :


H.P.
HermannB
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 03:49 AM UTC
VW T3 from Berlin Brigade MP.

https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=features&file=view&artid=6677
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 04:46 AM UTC
I am fairly certain that I drove one of these during my military service in the Swedish Army. It did not have the raised roof.
The Swedish Defence Forces probably had both the pickup and the buss version.
Can't remember if it was dark blue or plain green though, probably green but I can't guarantee the colours.
I am almost certain that it wasn't camouflaged.

/ Robin
matlev
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 06:08 AM UTC
We had a lot of those in the Swedish Airforce during the 90:s. Both the standard van and the LT31 pickup version. All painted mid blue. They were later replaced with Renault Trafic...
Removed by original poster on 06/14/19 - 06:30:41 (GMT).
LonCray1
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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 03:29 AM UTC
Your decals link is some sort of casino site, so everyone watch out. Me, once I figure out how to make my own decals, I plan to do some little number decals for the doors and have my own USAREUR T-3 van.
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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 06:47 AM UTC
The last post in the Facebook link is from 2017 and the owner says that he has decided to quit the decal business completely.

" Dear Scale Modelers. I have got some bad news. I've decided to quit with Flevo Decals. There is no fun in it anymore, and I have got no more motivation to go on with the concept. I will continue to do orders for other company's and If I will continue releasing decals it will be Under the worldwide Aviation Decals range, and I will only deliver to stores then. But, that are all things for the future, and nothing is for sure.
Current stocks will not be destroyed but go to the stores.
All anounced sets which are not released yet, will not be released anymore.

Niels Dol"

The other link goes to some casino crap.
/ Robin
Paulinsibculo
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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 06:33 PM UTC
Sorry, dear visitors to this site!
I used to use the decals many times and still have quite some stored.
I took both links from the bags, which contain the decal sheets and put them in my post.
Sorry to hear they stopped the business, the more since they had a niche market covered (Dutch mil vehicles)

I will check better in the future