Eurobricks may be mainly town and pirate oriented, but that doesn't stop me from posting my military stuff here. Last week I've spent many enjoyable hours building a new military model.
The M113 first entered service in the 'sixties. Over the years many different versions were produced for different roles. The final production version for the US Army was the M113A3 APC, which entered service in the 'eighties. Even though many M113s have been replaced in service by M2/M3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, M113s are still in fairly widespread use in supporting units and heavy brigade combat teams.
The M113 represented by my model has a few fairly common modifications made to M113s in service. On many M113s the side skirts have been removed, something that made construction of my model a lot easier. Because the vehicle commander's position is fairly exposed on top, many M113s have been fitted with a gun shield and added armour -modifications that were first made to the so-called ACAV version of the M113 used in the Vietnam War. A final modification is the addition of IR identification panels on both sides of the vehicle, common to vehicles serving in Iraq.
The troop compartment in the M113 offers (very cramped) accommodation for 11 troops. It can be accessed through a large hydraulically controlled ramp, a hatch in the roof and a smaller door in the ramp. On my model, all of them can be opened.
The M113A3 is powered by a six-cylinder Diesel engine mounted in the front next to the driver. It is accessible through an inspection hatch in the front (normally hidden by the vehicle's trim vane) or by opening a larger hatch.
full photoset on flickr
M113s might be little boxes on treads, but I had a lot of fun building this, especially adding all the working features. I hope you'll like it too.
Edited by Rufus, 02 July 2011 - 11:17 AM.