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Osprey Modelling 14: Modelling the M113 Series

by Graeme Davidson

Published by Osprey Publishing Ltd, ISBN 1-84176-822-7, 82 pages.

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The latest Osprey Modelling title covers not the M113 itself but some of its more interesting variations. This is, Graeme tells us, because the “bucket” is well provided for in straightforward kits so he gave us the more unusual versions that need conversion work instead. Excellent!

The first model is a Dutch YPR-765 PRAT anti-tank vehicle. It’s based on the AFV Club YPR765, upgraded to the latest standard and fitted with a TOW mount converted from the FIST-V setup in Academy’s Fire Support Team Vehicle. This is a neat basic kit-bashing exercise with some scratchbuilding for stowage racks and suchlike, very well described and illustrated. Next is a South Korean K263 anti-aircraft vehicle, using a modified Academy KIFV hull and the turret from their Vulcan. Again, not too difficult and all the scratchbuilt parts are shown clearly for readers to copy.

Moving up a step in difficulty is an M92 PNMK of the Danish Army. This one uses the surplus hull from the Academy FIST-V with an Accurate Armour M92 conversion set. Here Graeme goes to town with the corrugated appliqué armour, showing how to make it in a way that leaves me wondering why anyone would buy an aftermarket set for this type of armour. He also uparmours the Accurate Armour turret. Again, everything is clearly shown.

The fourth model is another stage up in difficulty, with an Italian quadruple 25mm anti-aircraft turret scratchbuilt to add the leftover Academy Vulcan hull. There’s also quite a bit of modification and scratchbuilding to the hull, so this one will be a challenge for modellers even though there’s now a Historica set available to provide the turret. Need I mention that all steps are shown clearly?

The final build is a Lynx C&R Vehicle, built from a Hobby Fan kit with plenty of scratchbuilt additions and replacements for missing parts. Again with everything described and shown by his photographs, and making a fairly straightforward build for anyone experienced with resin though much more challenging if, like Graeme, it’s your first full resin kit. As he says, difficulty ratings depend on subjective assessment and what one modeller calls easy another will find very difficult.

Very full painting notes are given with suggested colours for all the models, plus the usual paint card at the back of the book. If modern armour is your interest this will be a “must buy”, and if your interest lies elsewhere at the moment you should still get it for the techniques described.


John Prigent

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