23/08/2021 11:06 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Models help illustrate Vietnam’s military history

The historical military milestones of Vietnam, including the April 30th victory and also the victory of the “Dien Bien Phu battle in the air”, are reintroduced through scale models made by Nguyen Hoang Quang, a 40-year-old man in Hanoi.
Initiated by a model featuring the Russian military on the internet, Hoang was very interested in the scale models. Then he found and created models reflecting Vietnam’s military history.

In 2008, he began to learn how to assemble military models through newspapers and the internet. In the beginning, Hoang had to buy models from Russia. After that he did the research and created his first model which was a miniature of a fighter aircraft, MiG-21. MiG-21 F96, No.5121 was under Regiment 921 of Division 371 which was the first fighter regiment of the Vietnam’s People Air Force. The fighter aircraft was at the “Dien Bien Phu battle in the air” in 1972. It is now preserved at the Vietnam Military History Museum. After three failed attempts, Quang finished a miniature of MiG-21 which is 99% similar to the real one.

After that Quang successfully assembled many other models, including the miniature of the T59 tank No. 390 which went crashing through the gates of the South Vietnamese presidential palace on April 30, 1975. Other models include armored tanks, field guns and transportation vehicles. Each model illustrates a historical part of Vietnam’s military. Through Quang’s interpretation, every detail of the models comes alive with their own flair.


Having great passion for military history, especially Vietnam’s military history,
Quang has engaged in making military weapon models in more than a decade. 



Quang himself does all phases to complete his models.


Processing small details. 

After ten years, Quang has created more than 100 military models. 

For 13 years, Quang has spent a lot of time and effort nourishing his hobby. He has created a collection of more than 100 miniatures of Vietnam’s military weapons. Quang said that each kit of a military model consists of 400-500 pieces. There is a set of up to 2,000 pieces, so it is almost scientific to complete a model.

Quang is not only a stylish creator of military models, but also is a person who spreads his hobby in the community. He established a forum of Vietnam’s military models with over 1,500 members. The forum is a unique playground for people who love creating military models as well as learning about the great history of Vietnam’s military.

In the near future, Quang hopes to make models illustrating international battles from world wars and other historical models.


Quang’s most favourite model is the miniature of the T54 tank No. 390
which went crashing through the gates of the South Vietnamese presidential palace on April 30, 1975.
The tank signals the end of the war and is the symbol of the victory over the Saigon regime. 



A model of the legendary Soviet Union-made fighter aircraft MiG-17 of the Vietnam’s People Air Force.


Miniatures of tanks owned by the Vietnamese People’s Army through various periods.


A model of training 
aircraft Yak-52 of the Vietnam’s People Air Force.


Model of the coastal defense missile systems assembled by Quang. 


Model of a Kilo-class submarine owned by the Vietnamese People’s Navy. 


Miniature of the fighter aircraft Su27 of the Vietnam People’s Military. 


T90 main battle tank is among over 100 military weapon models made by Quang. 

Models of military’s weapons recall heroic years of Vietnam during the wars. 

For 13 years, Quang has created a collection of more than 100 miniatures of Vietnam’s military weapons. 
 
Story: Bich Van         Photos: Viet Cuong        Translated by Nguyen Tuoi