|A mixture of Bravo Team ready mades (at rear), Esci (unpainted front left), and cardboard model M-113s|
The Esci kit was missing a few key pieces that I replaced using the usual methods of bodging out of plastic card, or finding something about right in the bits box.
|One of those road wheels is not like the others.....|
|A wheel and tire from a jeep or light truck is given a outer ring of plastic card in order to make a new road wheel.|
|The green hatch is a spare from the Airfix M-113 Fire Support Vehicle kit.|
|Esci vs. Cardboard.|
I don't think I have really succeeded in doing this - at best I have made three M-113s that have a certain air of clutter to them. I suspect I need to put more stowage on them, and/or items of auxiliary equipment that will earmark the vehicle into a support role.
|Needs more stowage.....|
|And the tracks aren't quite right....|
|I could have put more effort into the rear doors, but I figured this was good enough...|
On the cardboard front I have benefited from the generosity of Paul from Plastic Warriors sending me three rather nice scratch-built APCs (click here for details)
|Esci vs Cardboard part II.|
The fact that there existed earlier APCs, such as the M-75 and the M-44 (click here for details). that were somewhat larger than the M-113, makes it easier to declare these to be a hitherto unknown vehicle of a similar ilk.
|Spot the Esci!|