Vietnam War-Era Searchlight Jeep with Light Effects from Brickstuff

Searchlight Jeep

During the 1960’s the US Army assembled anti-aircraft defense battalions as part of the growng conflct in Vietnam. One of the key pieces of equipment was the searchlight JEEP, which mounted a 100 million candlepower AN-GSS searchlight on a M151 1/4 ton Utility Vehicle. While the perceived threat of air attacks by the North Vietnamese never materialized, the  searchlight was an invaluable piece of equipment used for night time base defense. The lights would be used to sweep the parimeter in IR (infra red) mode, then siwtched to visible light when a target was pinpointed, then reduced using heavy fire from machine guns, M-55 quad or M42 “Duster” batteries.


We have assembled a limited number of Searchlight Jeeps to augment our previous line of Vietnam War era military vehicle kits. The kit includes a working searchlight powered by Brickstuff light effects accessories, two minifigures with cloth M69 Flak Jackets from MMCB Capes and BrickArms M1 Steel Pot helmets custom printed by Citizen Brick.

Additional information about this Brickmania custom Lego® kit:

The Searchlight Jeep has the following features

  • M151 is built using the “Durabuilder” Jeep base for playability
  • Two Vietnam War era soldiers with cloth M69 Flak jackets and BrickArms accessories
  • Includes bright cool white LED and 3AA Battery Pack from Brickstuff (batteries not included)
  • 1/35 scale to match other Brickmania models
  • Over-all color is new light gray
  • Includes 148 genuine new-condition LEGO®, BrickArms, MMCB Capes and Brickstuff Elements
  • Intermediate Skill Level (4-6 years experience with LEGO is recommended)

All Brickmania model kits are made of new-condition LEGO bricks. This model comes disassembled and includes completed printed building instructions and comes packaged in a sealed box. This is a limited edition kit and production may be discontinued at any time.


Production (top) with cool white LED verses prototype model with warm white LED installed. This is the first time cool white LEDs have been made available from Brickstuff.

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