Taking a short break from the gun trucks and started on the AFV Club M113 ACAV. Not a bad kit, lots of small parts and a very basic interior (no motor comp. and motor). The kit does supply nicely detailed seats, fuel tank, radios and not much else. I decided to add a second radio rack that would have held more radios and will use that to store ammo cans or personal gear. I also want to add some wiring and other details not included in the kit, just to busy it up a bit when looking through the hatches and also since I want the rear ramp down. The floor will be filled with lots of ammo cans, gear etc and maybe sandbags. I am doing mine without the later added belly armor so I won't add the added floatation on the front vane and glacis sides.
Last Edit: Apr 16, 2018 8:52:16 GMT -5 by scratchmod
Filling the floor with 50 caliber ammo cans was kind of the norm back in the day. Many tracks also had a layer of sand bags under the ammo cans. Ontop the 50 caliber cans would be several 7.62 ammo cans (a dozen or even two dozen). Then there would be the small 5.56 cans here and there. The favorite storage box was the bomb fuse containers. They come painted a light grey color, and had a lift off lid. gary
Post by scratchmod on Mar 16, 2018 19:57:45 GMT -5
yup all ammo canc, 50cal and M60 cans. Didin't have enough 50cal cans since I used three AFV Club sets on my three gun trucks lol. She already has her base color on and decals on the motor comp walls tomorrow.
one thing to keep in mind when doing an ACAV or even an M48 is that you never ever sleep inside it! Why? Prime target with only one way out. Usually slept under the track. You could get by doing this in the daylight, but you were usually on the move then. Looking inside one, you might see a couple cots (if they found some to steal), and some blankets & poncho liners. You always kept your beer and anything of value inside as the locals would steal anything they could lay their fingers on. gary
Panther is on the shelf and so it was time to finish the build and start the painting of the M113. Weapons and some extra stowage will be added later but the model is built and got some primer colors and base green last night/today. Will let this cure a bit this afternoon before applying a clear gloss and the decals.