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!
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!
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.