M113 ACAV. Is Academy or Tamiya a better/more accurate kit?

I do not plan for the back deck to be down.

Academy’s is still a better option with more exterior details as well. The interior is really where the Academy one shines though as it is much better detailed. Academy’s does have an A2 two-piece rear engine bulkhead (in front of TC) though, as opposed to the one-piece in an A1.

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I’ve not built the Academy one, but I used the Tamiya kit as a hull for my TUA a while ago.

It’s showing it’s age, but if it’s staying buttoned up and you don’t mind a little scratch work or after market, I think I got mine for $20.

Thank you gentlemen!