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Old 04-07-2010, 04:56 PM   #1
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M113

I never see non WWII stuff here but nothing says WWII only so here goes. A small militaria museum I'm involved in likes to displyay my models but I noticed when they do mobile displays it often centers on the Vietnam war because there are alot more veterans still alive. I thought I would do an M113 for them and this is the result. The running gear is Plasticpanzers road wheels with Scratch built idlers and drive wheels and Stuart tracks. When someone makes some 113 Running gear the model will get an upgrade pretty easily. I had fun building most of the details into the interior. The hatches work,The ramp door opens, the ramp lowers and the trim vane works like the original. The hardest part was forming the ACAV turret. Mostly built with 1/8" styrene with some .060 thrown in.









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Old 04-07-2010, 05:02 PM   #2
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I never see non WWII stuff here...
Looking in the right places?

That is a VERY nicely done vehicle - congratulations
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:10 PM   #3
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OMG...Freakin' unbelievable!! I sooo miss driving those things (don't miss the PM's though). This is such a gorgeous piece. I'm green w/ envy!!!
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:45 PM   #4
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outstanding M113. it's one of my favorites vehicles,next to a M60A3.
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:53 PM   #5
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Awesome! I love it! The one I was working on got trashed when my cats decided to get in a fight over it while inside it! It's repairable I just couldn't seem to find the ambition to fix it but now that I have seen yours I have some inspiration to get to it now.
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:01 PM   #6
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Very Nice Work !!!!!

Mike Orona Made sprocket for me awhile back , it is for my Panzer III links as they bear a resemblance to M113 track without the top pad . I still have the molds .
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:05 PM   #7
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looks great

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Old 04-07-2010, 08:07 PM   #8
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Outstanding!!!
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:35 PM   #9
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Very nice!
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:22 PM   #10
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Very Nice Build!!
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:55 PM   #11
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I actually thought about using Panzer I or II links but thought Panzer III links would be too wide. After looking at them they would be close. The stuart tracks are about .250 too narrow. I always welcome the comments and find it gratifying the memories this model has brought back for veterans. I showed the early hull to the museum board members and the Vietnam Vet made a comment on how uncomfortable the benches were to sleep on !
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:02 AM   #12
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What a beuty of a veichle, another favourite, absolutely my favourite outside of WWII timeframe. I must congratulate you on a job well done, it looks awsome, so with that in mind, thanks for sharing it with us.
Please post more of your Vietnam stuff!
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:03 AM   #13
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Holy smoke - that's amazing!

Very, VERY well done.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:40 AM   #14
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....What everybody else said. This is incredible!
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:52 AM   #15
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What about using the Bradley tracks? I might have a extra set? You didn't make the Stryker at Joelanta did you?
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Old 04-08-2010, 03:47 AM   #16
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I rode on those almost my entire 20 years in the military, you did an excellent job. I would love to have your M-113. I am sure it will bring back memories to anyone who sees it, once again great job.........Hammer

Yes those seats were not very good to sleep on.
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:01 AM   #17
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did they use white interior in earlier years? the interior of our tracks was that puke green...
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:47 PM   #18
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I have never seen Bradley tracks for sale so would have never thought of using them. My main resource for the build was the Squadron walk around book. I put every detail in it I could except for some of the small interior stuff as it was exhausting trying to make it all. In the book the interior looked gloss white so thats what I used.
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:36 AM   #19
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That is awesome!
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:26 PM   #20
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Now this brings up alot of fond memories of days of old...

That looks great! I still have my old OSB Locust M113 on my unsolved cases evidence shelf with Steve's Panzer 3 links. You can have the links if you want to use them for your beauty.
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:03 PM   #21
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Re: M113

Beautiful...just caught this thread now. (Love the referenced topic links attached to threads.)
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:44 PM   #22
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Re: M113

I actually have M113 links ready to go , David planned on doing the whole running gear some day LOL
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:42 PM   #23
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Re: M113

OMG....how did I ever miss this thread? I was the driver and then TC for an M113A3 back in the early/mid '80s. Our track had the off-white interior then too. Seems to brighten the interior when buttoned up and make things easier to see. The inside surface of the hatches were OD green though....including the ramp with black tread-patches all over to prevent slipping when it was wet. As for the rest.....OUT....EFFIN....STANDING!!!
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:19 AM   #24
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Re: M113

Absolutely magnificent, one of the best M113's I have ever seen! I am super envious....I really want an M577 and a FIST-V...someday. Thanks for posting.

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Old 07-10-2014, 04:07 PM   #25
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Re: M113

Wow! I haven't been to this part of the boards in ages and I stop by and see my old M113 right there. I donated this model to the Museum of Military Memorabilia which resides at the Naples Municipal Airport in Florida. You can see it prominently on display along with My M2A2 Bradley I did. I always enjoyed being at events with the M113 and having Vietnam Vets talk about how uncomfortable it was to sleep in them. With Track links and road wheels making an M113 is a fairly easy project.
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:28 PM   #26
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Re: M113

Outside of WWII Vehicles, this is my favorite vehicle. I want to build a few of these. Yours is as has been said, outstanding!

Steve, I wish David could get the rest of the drive gear done. I'd be lined up for the sets of them.
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