This is the Academy kit. I added Fruil tracks and the hydraulic lines on the crane. I also replaced the kit toolbox rack with one bade from Evergreen stock. Deviated from my usual Tamiya paint and used Model Air Sinai grey 1973. Its a dated kit with no clear optics and rubberband tracks but it builds up nice enough.
It is clear you put allot of love into this build . Would have never known it was dated . Another masterpiece anyone would be proud to have on their shelf.
Did you drill the lug holes on the spare road wheels , if so I tip my hat to you . The precision measurements are a real piece of eye candy.
Once again, EXCELLENT build, paint job and weathering!
I honestly do not remember. Built this about 2 years ago.
Nicely done DV, the added hydraulic lines alone take it up a level. Lovely finish as well.
Always wanted to build one of these little field engineer pieces, you did a great job on the fit and finish, I agree the hydraulic lines and connectors really take it to the next level.
Spectacular would be a great way to describe this model!
Looking good I like what you have done to it
I have one in my stash.
boy you did some seriously nice work! Can I beg you to let me know what kind of paint colors you used?
re-read your post and see you called out the paint. Sorry.
That is a very good build indeed
I just love it, nice color!! I like IDF vehicles because they are so full of little colorful details, well done!!
Thanks. And I agree I like a splash of color to make a monotone scheme more interesting.
You like it !! The M113 is my favorite vehicle in all its forms
Stunning build! Those hydraulic lines do add a lot!
Fun fact: since in Hebrew Fitter and Peter is written the same way, in the IDF this M113 version is simply called Nagmash (APC) Peter.
Always love those fun facts!
This is such a nice build DV.
What was your procedure for weathering it? I love the clean but used finish and wanna do it on my Dalet.
After painting and decals everything is sealed with either MM clear acrylic gloss or Tamiya clear gloss. I use a dark brown oil overall wash and let that dry for 3-4 hours depending on the consistency of the wash. You can usually tell it’s about right when there is no more shine to the wash. I use a Q-tip to remove the residue using downward strokes. I generally go over the whole build at least 2X. I can usually create streaks and such by varying the amount of wash I remove. The long drying time allows me to tweak the effects I’m trying to achieve. Once the basic overall wash is dry I will use a pin wash around rivets and other raised detail. I also revisit the streaks and add more or darken the ones created with the original wash. Once every thing is dry I very lightly drybrush the raised detail to add more depth and make things pop. Once that is dry the clear flat goes on followed by AB work to create dust. I use an earth color and buff heavily thinned to build the effect slowly. Earth color first followed by the buff. Sometimes I will use pigments to tweak the effect. Lastly everything gets a very light dusting of either the earth color or buff. When using pigments I do not use any type of sealer as that seems to negate the effect and also changes the color of the pigments. Good luck.
Can’t believe I missed this first time around as I have a thing for IDF vehicles. That’s a really nice build and I love the colours, some really good contrasts.