Airfix 1/76 M113 FSV

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5 years 5 months ago - 5 years 5 months ago #1 by Handbag87
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Hi all,
I recently relieved the local Toyworld of its Airfix M113 FSV - it had been there so long the price label practically fell off when I touched it - and added some extras because I felt I needed to:
- rudimentary interior with turret basket
- stretched sprue aerials
- some lights from scrap
- extended the trim vane
- crew figures from my spares
- replaced the guard thingies with guitar wire and sprue

Unfortunately most of the decals fell apart even after being sprayed with Testors decal bonder. Disappointing! But a fun little kit for my third ever AFV build. And yes, I am thinking about doing a Kiwi one in 1/35!

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So if anyone has a spare set of Aussie Vietnam-era M113 FSV decals that will work, I'd be very grateful to hear from you!

Cheers, Zac in Whanganui
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5 years 5 months ago #2 by Andrew
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Sorry, dont have any decals :( have always thought this M113 variant was quite cool. Been tempted several times by the Tamiya 1/35 version

It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.

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5 years 5 months ago - 5 years 5 months ago #3 by Powder
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That's a real shame about the decals. The kit was originally issued by JB Models but the Airfix reissues started around 2008 - you wouldn't have thought the decals would have died that quickly.

There's a decal sheet on ebay that might have what you're after:
"1:72 Scale China m113 Fire support tank Red Star Military Model Kit Marine Decal"
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5 years 5 months ago #4 by Handbag87
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Thanks for the heads-up, Powder. I've recently read several comments around the place of the Airfix-released JB models having problematic decals, I was disappointed that not even the spray helped.

Cheers, Zac in Whanganui

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5 years 5 months ago #5 by Powder
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I've only done the Bedford MK truck from the ex-JB series of Airfix models and the decals were ok - I also have the Vickers Light Tank in my stash but I was planning on doing an NZ scheme for that - so may not use the kit decals.

Also strange that the decal bonder didn't work - it's pretty much liquid decal film in a can - spray it on the decal sheet, let it dry, and the decals should be as good as new. When I use it (quite often as I have plenty of ancient kits in my stash) I selotape the decal sheet to some hard cardboard to hold it flat - just a piece of tape in each corner usually does the trick (don't put selotape over the artwork!) - then I spray a generous coating so the whole sheet has a glossy wet-look - then lay it somewhere flat (to minimise any runs) - it seems to dry within a few minutes but I normally leave it overnight at least before I start cutting.

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5 years 5 months ago #6 by Handbag87
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I left it a week to dry, which I thought would do it! Ah well.

Cheers, Zac in Whanganui

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5 years 5 months ago #7 by Bishop
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Now that is looking GOOD! B)

Amateur plastic surgeon!

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