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How bad IS Tamiya's M-113???
b2nhvi
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Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 06:33 PM GMT+7
I want to burn up (pardon the pun.) the Zippo turret I have left from the Academy kit. Have a lead on a Tamiya kit for cheap. Not worried about the interior as it'll be buttoned up.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 07:13 PM GMT+7
The Tamiya is still quite good despite its age. I am a sworn fan of the kit, don`t mind the "better" Academy release. Tamiya of course need some detailing, so you can get the Legend Production update set.

http://www-legend.co.kr/portfolio/lf1325-m113detailing-set/

And myabe a better set of tracks.
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 07:32 PM GMT+7
and you'll need to fill some holes, one inside and above each sprocket wheel and maybe one on the "belly" plate.
The roadwheels could be better but I think most M113 kits suffer in this area so it's not really worth thinking about.
/ Robin
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 04:47 AM GMT+7
I've built it a couple times when it was the only game in town. The first thing about the hull (if it matters to you) is that it's a very early M113. Has the Desoto gasoline engine, and the transmission only used for a short time period. None of these saw combat with the Army. I guess it'd be fine buttoned up. The Tamiya kit comes with the water steer gear box, and this is to be deleted when doing a Vietnam track. I cannot remember if the used the same differential (third member), and should know.

There were M113's without the ACAV turret in combat, so that's not important. The interior leaves something to be desired, but it's also a good start. Somebody sells an interior for the Tamiya kit. The interior is a little different with the flame thrower, but have only looked inside a zippo once or twice.

gary
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 06:10 AM GMT+7
There would be one or two minor details differing in the interior:




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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 07:50 AM GMT+7

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Has the Desoto gasoline engine, and the transmission only used for a short time period. None of these saw combat with the Army.



I believe the Vietnam picture (from http://hht2nd11thacr.tripod.com/id2.html ) below shows the Chrysler 75M gasoline engine fitted to early M113's :



H.P.
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 10:14 AM GMT+7
Road wheel arms molded to the lower hull and not separate could be a turn off if you don't want to show it flat and level.
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 01:32 PM GMT+7
Thanks All. Sounds like the Tamiya kit will work. I'm planing on building it buttoned up so engine / interior is not an issue. Plan is to build it as an 11th AR track with some fictitious art work. (Fahrenheit 451). The Academy ACAV kit is being used for a PAVN M-113 with a Type 63 , 107mm rocket launcher mounted on the roof during the Cambodian invasion / Viet-Sino war. I'e seen no evidence of this combo , but they did inherit M-113s when Saigon fell and had the Type 63s and PAVN is known for their cobbled together systems. (Like the M-101 , 105mm mounted on a Zil or Ural truck as SPA.) Oh! What differenes are there with the engine intake / cooling vents between the gas and diesel?
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 03:40 PM GMT+7

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Thanks All. Sounds like the Tamiya kit will work. I'm planing on building it buttoned up so engine / interior is not an issue. Plan is to build it as an 11th AR track with some fictitious art work. (Fahrenheit 451). The Academy ACAV kit is being used for a PAVN M-113 with a Type 63 , 107mm rocket launcher mounted on the roof during the Cambodian invasion / Viet-Sino war. I'e seen no evidence of this combo , but they did inherit M-113s when Saigon fell and had the Type 63s and PAVN is known for their cobbled together systems. (Like the M-101 , 105mm mounted on a Zil or Ural truck as SPA.) Oh! What differenes are there with the engine intake / cooling vents between the gas and diesel?



Frenchey's photo sort of confirms a story I heard from my brother inlaw. He said the 1st Infantry brought over a had full of gasoline powered tracks. Few ever saw serious usage, and most were kept in the Headquarters troop. He told me that Alpha and Bravo 1/4 CAV never used them. Then he dropped the bombshell, and said they also brought a few gasoline powered M48's! All I can say is that none were in I-Corps for sure, and know of nobody that saw one in II-Corp. My guess is that there was less than 25 total for both the M113 and the M48.

You needn't date yourself till after the fall of SVN. The ARVN used them all thru the war (they might had had some gasoline powered tracks). On the otherhand, I never saw them with a zippo. Did they or did they not; I just don't know for sure.

I don't remember what the intakes looked like, but there were three different exhaust pipes used (maybe four?). Gasoline, diesel, and Israeli. Seems like the U.S. diesel pipe went almost strait up, while the other was bent downwards.
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 06:00 PM GMT+7
ARVNs did have some Zippos. I saw a couple photos in my research. Vietnamization.....
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Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 06:50 PM GMT+7

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Oh! What differenes are there with the engine intake / cooling vents between the gas and diesel?



Just check out this thread for some info :

http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=172959&page=1

H.P.
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Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017 - 07:17 AM GMT+7

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ARVNs did have some Zippos. I saw a couple photos in my research. Vietnamization.....



never said they didn't, but never saw them using one. Same could be said of the M114. I saw exactly one, and it was a serious mess.
gary
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Posted: Friday, October 06, 2017 - 12:27 PM GMT+7
AFV makes M113 tracks in both indy and band style. They are pretty cheap. The band ones aren't bad; I got some for my M577.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 01:30 AM GMT+7
its a good model !
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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 03:42 AM GMT+7
They build up nice with some TLC, both not quite finished


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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 04:02 AM GMT+7
Any other company it would get torn apart as an outdated piece of trash. But, it's Tamiya so it gets a pass. Both Academy and Italeri are improvements with superior engine decks and suspensions but Tamiya is a fan favorite despite its age and flaws.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 04:40 AM GMT+7

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Any other company it would get torn apart as an outdated piece of trash. But, it's Tamiya so it gets a pass. Both Academy and Italeri are improvements with superior engine decks and suspensions but Tamiya is a fan favorite despite its age and flaws.


There may be some parts that are better in Italeri kit, but overall it is very poor kit. The Academy kit is controversial - it has more parts and seemingly more details, but in most cases if some part is included in the Tamiya kit, it is better there: sharper details, more correct shape etc. Academy kit looks good from the distance, but up close all details are soft and in most cases more or less off accuracy-wise.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 04:44 AM GMT+7

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AFV makes M113 tracks in both indy and band style. They are pretty cheap. The band ones aren't bad; I got some for my M577.



The problem with earlier AFV Club tracks - both indi and band - is that the edges of links are way too thick. It just looks bad from the side. I used the band type tracks on my M113A3 model, but plan to replace them with new AFV Club tracks (released with new M113A1 kit), which have nice thin edges, although they are only suitable for late variants of M113, as the shape of rubber blocks is not good for earlier vehicles.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 07:01 AM GMT+7
Here is my Tamiya M113 with the supplied tracks!

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 02:08 PM GMT+7
How come the inner shield on the rear mudguards are not present? - https://www.shapeways.com/product/DKQF5TFR8/1-18-m113-mudguards?li=shareProduct -

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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 04:15 PM GMT+7
New AFV Club track set isn't much better. Go Fruil or MK or whatever your favorite is,
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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 06:09 PM GMT+7

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New AFV Club track set isn't much better. Go Fruil or MK or whatever your favorite is,


I have several sets of those as well, but I also have those new AFV Club tracks already, so I will use them to improve the old build (as they are not horrible), while keeping better ones for new models.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 06:15 PM GMT+7

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How come the inner shield on the rear mudguards are not present? -


Because it is approx. 40 years old kit?...

More puzzling is why the new AFV Club kit does not include them. Luckily they're easy to add.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 10:03 AM GMT+7

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How come the inner shield on the rear mudguards are not present? -


Because it is approx. 40 years old kit?...

More puzzling is why the new AFV Club kit does not include them. Luckily they're easy to add.



Pawl;

When you got a brand new ACAV, one of the first things you did after filing the gas tank and checking oil was to remove all the mud guards. There was a pile of mud guards in Chu Lai that would have filled a rail road box car! You went from there to see the head dude at the Sea Bee shack for a roll of chain link fencing and a dozen engineers stakes. After that it was on to the Americal Main post PX for beer and soda.

gary
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Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 11:38 AM GMT+7

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How come the inner shield on the rear mudguards are not present? -


Because it is approx. 40 years old kit?...

More puzzling is why the new AFV Club kit does not include them. Luckily they're easy to add.



Pawl;

When you got a brand new ACAV, one of the first things you did after filing the gas tank and checking oil was to remove all the mud guards. There was a pile of mud guards in Chu Lai that would have filled a rail road box car! You went from there to see the head dude at the Sea Bee shack for a roll of chain link fencing and a dozen engineers stakes. After that it was on to the Americal Main post PX for beer and soda.

gary



Why did you remove the mud guards?
Did they collect too much mud and block the tracks or something?
Curious as h*ll
/ Robin