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Australian M113 APC

by Andrew Judson


M113 APC

images by Brett Green


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Here is Tamiya's M113 kit, product number MM135.

The mode was built pretty much straight from the box. As usual, the fit of the Tamiya parts was to a very high standard, even with this relatively old kit.

The conversion set was from Firestorm Hobbies. This comprised ammunition storage, a new gun shield, new upper deck hatch with ventilation system, belly armour and the long tarp hanging from the side.



All the resin Firestorm parts fitted well too, with minimal cleanup required.

The figures are also from Firestorm. They are great. The parts fitted together well and the Commander's pose is good. The only disappointment is that they are not full figures. The legs are missing, which means that if you position the rear hatch open to display all that terrific internal detail, you will be confronted with some resin stumps - start kneading that Milliput!



Painting and Markings


Painting the vehicle was simple. Olive Drab, toned down, was sprayed overall. The Australian markings were painted by hand, followed by a heavy oat of the dreaded red dust.



The end result is one dirty M113 that has been there and done that!

This project is recommended for both the Firestorm sets and the kit to all Vietnam War era modellers.


Product Summary

Tamiya ACAV M113 - #135

Firestorm Australian M113 Conversion - #FST064

Firestorm Carrier Crew Figures - #060

Thanks to Firestorm Hobbies for the samples.



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Model and Text Copyright 2003 by Andrew Judson
Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 14 March, 2003
Last Updated 17 March, 2004

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