IDF M113 Chata P (Late)

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IDF M113 Chata P (Late)

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Before I get started on the build I thought I would do an in box review of the two sets I plan to use.

First up, Academy "M113A3 Iraqi 2003". Got this second hand, box a bit knocked around but the kit is complete.

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Kit was released in 2011 and is a reboxing of previous M113 kits with extra parts and a new top deck and tail ramp.

So what's in the box? 7 sprues of kit parts are included, molded in a light tan plastic. Two sprues of individual track links are included as well as rubber band tracks. A small set of decals lets you model two variants including an ambulance. A small sprue in clear plastic contains water bottles. Instructions are poor, they are difficult to follow and don't even mention the two sprues of individual track links.

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Being a reboxing there are a lot of unused parts including some stowage and two crew figures. The pic below shows the unused parts shaded out.

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A quick look over the sprues shows that the detail is crisp and there is very little flash. Mold gates are small so there shouldn't be too much clean up required.

On to the conversion kit.

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LF1333 is Legend's IDF Chata"P conversion kit. Comes with two small frets of PE, a large bag of Resin parts, a piece of string and several lengths of brass wire in different diameters. There is also a small sheet of decals.

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The resin parts are well molded in dark grey resin. The PE is a bit basic, but will be more than adequate for the parts it replicates.

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Instructions are provided as a series of labeled photographs and will take close attention to follow so as not to miss parts. This is definitely a kit for the more experienced model builder :D

Anyway, should make a start on this tomorrow but suspect I will have to spend a bit of time working out my work flow as there is the potential here to build myself into a corner :?
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Nice job Adam. Looking forward to watching you put this together 8-)
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Definitely will be watching this one. I have plans to use the Legend conversion and the Fitter version.
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Weather is appalling in Auckland so made a start on the kit today (1st July). Fit so far is excellent.

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Basic interior

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The kit comes with a very nice power pack and transmission but I won't be using them as they are not visible. The interior detail is a bit basic and leaves tons of room for scratch building/superdetailing, but as it will only be visible through the hatches I'm not going to bother. Spall liners on the A2/A3 versions also cover a lot of it. It's nice the interior is on a little floor tray as it will simplify painting :D
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You have really hit the ground running Adam :D

Looks like a 113 already ;)

Hope the weather ? rain means modeling, sunshine means yard work? :lol:

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Nice subject. I'll follow with great interest. I hope weather won't turn to sunny too quick.
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I can't say I know much about these metal boxes but I already like where this is going :D

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Look very nice Adam!

As Philipp said - don't know much about these metal boxes except there still are what feels like millions of the battle taxis around and as usual the IDF versions look most badass of the all :mrgreen: .

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Great start Adam. Looks like a fun project so far. :)

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Hi Adam,

Off to a good start!
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