yeah i see a you got a touch of target fixation going on there. you get it in to your head that you want something and aggressively persue it and then the credir card statement arrives and or you find it cheaper elsewhere.
I always wondered why Academy didn’t put out an ITV version of this kit, or include an extra sprue of parts. It would seem to be the easy thing to do, & I think it would sell better. The only options we have now are the Italeri kit, & a resin conversion set ('m thinking of buying the Verlinden set on Ebay to convert an Academy kit, one day…)
The cost of this deal MAY be appropriate, IF the Academy kit is good. But it´s NOT. All M901/M981 kits suffer the same problem. The cupola is WAY to small. This stems from the wrong Verlinden conversion, where other companies “borrowed” the measurements. The only remedy is to buy AFV Club M113 and mix with PSM M901/M981 conversion. This is combo is better and cheaper than an Ebay “deal”.
Long before the Academy M981 kit (around '95/'96), I converted one from the Italeri M901 ITV kit. It wasn’t too bad and I think it came out nicely. The smaller turret isn’t really noticeable. I built it as my FISTV when I was a 2LT at Ft Hood in 3-82 FA, 1CAV.
Yes it’s a pretty simple conversion to make a M981 from the M901. Externally is just a few minor changes to the turret as well as small details on the top deck. Yours turned out great, especially with the added interior.
Denimo, 150 CAD for that Academy kit is certainly a lot. I could have CADded, 3D printed, and mailed out the necessary FISTV conversion parts to Canada at 1/2 of that price (and try to be as accurate as PSM’s OOP offering). An M113 kit could have been sourced separately, which would still be much less than 150 CAD total. Sure, you really like that vehicle but I feel your pain.
Let me know when you want to discuss more seriously about it. I am a bit backed up with CAD/3D print requests for the next 6 weeks but we can still discuss the dimensions, how you’d like it to look, payment, etc.