In 72/76th I built the Esci kit a long time ago, a good kit but I don't know if it's available, Italeri are re-releasing Esci moulds but I don't know if they've got around to the M113 yet. Trumpeter also do a small scale M113
The Tamiya kit is the oldest but still stacks up well against the Academy kit (which is better in some respects). Personally, I'd rate the Italeri kit as the worst option.
Beware of the designations however. The Tamiya kit is closest to an M113 (but can be modified to an m113A1 easily). The Academy kit is probably closest to an M113A2 but can easily be made into an M113A1, but none of the available kits are accurate for an M113A3 (because the latest kits are all based on earlier releases).
The major changes are: -engines (M113 petrol to M113A1 onwards with a diesel) -suspension (rear idler is mounted higher on A2s and A3s) -splashboard (that plate on the front) is bigger on A1s etc -steering (A3s have a steering wheel rather than tiller bars) -exhaust stacks (A2s and A3s have a truck-style 'flip-lid' stack whilst earlier marks have a simple, angled pipe. -fuel tank (bigger on the diesel variants and removable rather than fixed).
I'm sure there are a few others but I'm working from memory.
For a NASA vehicle, you'll need to do some research as the colour schemes have varied considerably over the years. The earliest examples (for the Mercury and Gemini missions) were covered with a heat-resitant 'zimmerit-style' asbestos paste. After it was removed, they went through painted aluminium, that awful lime green you used to see on USAF fire engines and later to white. Even then, the exact schemes and badges tended to vary slightly.
I was considering building one myself a while ago, but it never got anywhere.
wafu819: Can anyone please tell me colour of f4j cockpit and where I can get a decent picture of the tie down points
Jul 15, 2017 20:10:53 GMT
jay16: can anyone help i'm after the decalpool 1/12 wayne rainey and kevin schwantz leather decals for the 1988 season
Sept 12, 2017 21:39:05 GMT
jay16: hello i've recently returned to the hobby i mainly build motor bikes from the 60's-00's kit all 1/12th scale and would like to thank the fellow members at the harrow club for helping me improve my builds
Sept 12, 2017 22:16:24 GMT
dc: I'm trying to get in touch with Mike Verier, I spoke to him at the Tyneside show but I've lost the e-mail address, please could you reply Mike if you see this or pass it on to him if you know him,
Nov 5, 2017 19:14:50 GMT
modelmotab1: hello everyone. off on hols to hanoi and phuket. does anyone know if there are any model shops in either of these places?
Nov 9, 2017 16:13:42 GMT
bannyjunior: I'm trying to find the F Parts sprue for the Tamiya 1/12 Williams FW14b. Unfortunately this is no longer available from Tamiya. Help would be very gratefully received.
Nov 27, 2017 14:28:16 GMT
jeeves103: Hi, i’am Looking for instructions and decals for the old Revell HH-53 Or CH-53 USAF / MARINES in 1/48 Scale. Can anyone help please. Thank you in advance. Regards, Dave
Jan 30, 2018 10:38:10 GMT
Jason: Blog updated pop on over to theaveragemodeller.com for a read,
May 27, 2018 11:26:32 GMT
bannyjunior: Glad to report that I stumbled across this site: www.spotmodel.com who offer free copies of instructions for lots (all?) Tamiya kits - including my missing ones!
Jun 17, 2018 15:51:59 GMT
stimpy60: Does anyone know the UK contact for AMP? If there is one that is. I've just had the front clear cockpit crack on the Westland Dragonfly helicopter and want to try and source replacement parts if possible.
Jul 28, 2019 18:39:57 GMT
xvtonker: Can anyone please point in the right direction for ordering kits from Big Die Scale Models? Thanks...
Dec 25, 2019 11:31:26 GMT
dave82820: I am building a roden mohawk jov. I have had a accident with the top canopy, I have a small crack in it. I need a replacement for it. I have tried to contact roden @ firstname.lastname@example.org have not had any response. Can you please give me some advice on how to
Feb 12, 2020 19:05:08 GMT
kfirfae: Joined recently. Been stashing kits for years. Time to start building! A few years ago I purchased several lots/old kits off ebay. Need Instructions for the following 1/72 kits; Heller Alouette III, Airfix Coursair II, Hobbycraft Beaver.
Mar 16, 2020 18:00:14 GMT
josef: To kfirfae: Maybe late ... I have tutorials for Beaver HC and Allouette Heller
Aug 1, 2020 15:06:20 GMT
nobodysignificant: Anybody got a spare Airfix 1/72 Handley Page Victor K2/SR2 Decal no.18 please?
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Uncle sage: Has anybody got a spare 1/48 scale cockpit canopy for a airfix stuka dive bomber Iv built the model but the canopy fell on floor and accidently got stood on and crushed other than that the model is complete thx
Jun 14, 2021 20:59:49 GMT
Uncle sage: Has anybody built the italia 1/72 Wellington. I am in the process I must say the assembly of the front and rear gun turrets is the hardest job iv done on a model in over 40 years I spent hours assembling just 1 turret.
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