For this build I used Tamiya's M151A2 & trailer kit, which has a M416 trailer, and for the trailer I used the one the I had left over from Italeri's Jeep & trailer-kit.
tisdag 22 juni 2021
I somehow got distracted, or better said got stuck, in doing a Canadian M151A2 MUTT with a trailer as seen on a picture during REFORGER 1980 Certain Rampart.
I got this idea, because I was a) looking for information on the Canadian M113's and b) because I practically had all I needed already here at home. Research showed that it basically was a standard m151A2, but with a M100 Jeeptrailer.
The references I used for the M151A2:
tisdag 1 juni 2021
Like I mentioned before I am using Tamiya's old ACAV-kit for this project. Why a canadian UN M113? I actually wanted a Danish Leopard 1-tank in UN white, but the only set available for such a conversion is the Legend one and that one seems not only very rare, but would also set me back around $45, shipping and customs not included! That would most likely almost double the cost. Which would still leave me in need for a kit for the tank itself, adding another $50 or so... plus shipping. Nope, not gonna happen.
But I still wanted a UN vehicle, found some M113 pictures while researching the subject and this $15 kit.... Easy choice, right? In hindsight an Academy M113A2 (or the A3, which is the same kit with a lot of extras) would have been the right or at least better choice. It is the correct version with all the correct parts. But it was not available locally or quite costly elsewhere, again defying the purpose. The tamiya M113A2 was, but that is basically the same kit as the ACAV with some additional accessoires.
What were the issues to tackle to make it into a Canadian M113?
First of all the Canadians had started to ipgrade their M113A2s to A3 standard, which would mean a different interior. However some pictures seem to suggest that A2s were still used in Yugoslavia, so I might get away with the original interior to some extent.
There are many small details on the outside that stood out, like the external fueltanks, the different blinkers, modified sideskirts and above all the different tracks (NATO/M113G tracks)! I figured I would tackle those as I went along.
I decided that I would leave the interior partially visible through the hatches, but would close the ramp. I did not want to go all bananas on correcting the interior at this point, but still add some basics and gear to make it look the part.
The interior is pretty much as is, except for the tank; that one is enlarged and rounded at the front, using the too small and square original parts as a base. It turned out to be slightly to large when I was done.
I also added a radio on a shelf, but it is not the correct radio. It is a leftover spare from a Tamiya M115, but as with many of my builds, I use the principle "better something then nothing" to make do.
The kit has some rather glaring shortcomings that must be tackled when left open. One is the rearhatch with very visible ejectormarks and the opening cord on the wrong side (bottom) of the hatch. Another is the drivers hatch, which again has ejectormarks, but also a huge hole were the periscope opening is.
I needed a break from allthe heavy metal I've been doing lately and I have also been looking into the theme of the Yugoslavic civil war, planning on doing a display with various models. The reason for that is that is was one of the most hidious and viscious wars I had ever seen, heard or read about and the immense disservice done to many of those who were stationed there is phenomenal. It must not be forgotten and their stories must be heard.
Besides an IFOR Abrams M1A1, a SFOR Challenger II and a KFOR Dutch Leopard II I had hoped to do something in UN white. A Danish Leopard 1 would do nicely, but such a combo of kit & conversion would be an expensive enterprise. I needed something else and my eye fell on a Canadian M113, whilst simultaniously finding a cheap Tamiya M113 ACAV kit. That would do nicely, given the turrets needed.
The Medak Pocket is a major part of the Canadian experiences. There's a book about it too:
torsdag 20 maj 2021
I don't like my Zvezda T34/85 kit.... There, I said it.
I just do not get the "feel" for it, don't get into "the zone" with it.
Don't get me wrong, it is a nice kit. And the fit is generally good. I just.... no. I struggle to get it done, don't pay it the attention that is needed, which only makes things worse. I really messed up with the fuel tanks, which meant I had to chop up fully cured subassemblies. Which doesn't make for pretty finishes, broken off pegs and slightly deformed tanks due to the force exerted.
Zvezda also has these ridiculously small parts. Without adding spares. So when of them zings through the air after leavig the tweezers at considerable speed..... gone. Like the lifting hooks on the turret. Found one again, but another is lost.
And then there are the tracks. I used the kittracks on my old (also Zvezda) T-34/76 and they just did not fit. Had to cheat by adding one extra trackpad and cut off its joints. The reason for the trackswap was that the "76" was already painted and using the coloured tracks would save me a lot of painting headaches.
For this kit I am using spare Dragon single link tracks and these just fit, even though they are bigger then the original kit version!
Nice cast detail with clearly marked locations for the small parts.