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Aussie M113 (Vietnam) 7 years 4 months ago #1

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Hi everyone

I recently finished this one. It's Academy's 1/35 M113IA (Vietnam) kit.

This vehicle was part of a three vehicle troop called 'BLOOD', 'SWEAT' '& TEARS' which were part of A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Royal Australian Armoured Corps.

It was equipped with a T50 steel turret and a .50 calibre M2 Browning heavy machine gun.
A pintle mounted .30 calibre L3A4 Browning medium machine gun is also fitted to the turret top.

It was airbrushed with acrylics and weathered with pastel chalks. I also used a few bits and pieces from 'Mouse House' (decals, sponson armour, replacement rear cargo hatch etc) and the figures were from 'Firestorm'.

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Re: Aussie M113 (Vietnam) 7 years 4 months ago #2

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I meant to also mention it's the first time I have built and painted figures so I'm still not sure if I am 100% happy with them. Constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement welcome as always :)

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Re: Aussie M113 (Vietnam) 7 years 4 months ago #3

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Looks good to me Greg, there is something white under the right eye of the driver or it could just be the picture, I'm no figure expert but they look alright to me :)
Maybe some close ups of the figures would help?

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Re: Aussie M113 (Vietnam) 7 years 4 months ago #4

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Thanks Gary

I think it was just light reflecting off it as his face was too glossy - I have fixed thanks.

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Looks top notch to me Greg B)

How did you do the mud splatter - looks like he's had a bit of speed on, very convincing :)

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Thanks mate
For the mud spatter effect I simply flicked a paint brush with my thumb at what I estimated to be the right angle. I used crushed pastel chalk mixed with some mineral turps.

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I really really like the look of this. The mud, the base, its very convincing. What I would do is glue the tracks down at the front to give more of a sag look. They are typical Academy so nighter tight nor snug fitting. These tracks are "dead" tracks so they sag onto the road wheels like WWII German tanks. Otherwise top stuff. I should say that the tracks themselves look great.

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Thanks mate
I appreciate the tip and your comments. Will do tonight as there's only crap on tv anyway!

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Great weathering !!

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Re: Aussie M113 (Vietnam) 7 years 3 months ago #10

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Thats real nice! Heres a silly question - how come the Aussies fitted huge spot lights on the front of a lot of their Vietnam era AFVs? Were they hopeing to stun the Viet Cong possum style?

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Re: Aussie M113 (Vietnam) 7 years 3 months ago #11

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Thanks mate

Good question - although your theory sounds good :lol:

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