Why do you need a Terrain Model Kit?
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A Terrain Model Kit is a portable map set you use to setup a model of the terrain you'll be covering during your mission. It has to have everything you need for every type of mission, as well as additional pieces that help you to model obstacles and terrain features you expect to see.
What should be in it?
- A complete set of laminated, colored cutouts for every type of squad and platoon unit. You have to laminate them to write on them, and to protect them from the elements. Here are a few starter options:
- ROTC LDAC kit -- PDF format
- An extra set of alcohol markers and eraser -- keep them in the kit and don't use them for anything else or you'll lose them.
- Ten feet of colored yarn -- at least five different colors. You can use cord, which is thin but durable, or knitting yarn, which tends to fray over time. I recommend going to a craft store (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, etc.) where they sell the yarn on arge spools and you can cut off and buy only what you need.
- Thick sticks of sidewalk chalk -- you'll scrape these with your knife to fill in water, greenery, etc.
- Index cards, cut into quarters and laminated. You can use these smaller squares to show landing zones, linear danger areas, target reference points, and a heck of a lot more. I would make at least 20 of them.