So onto the second post covering the Canadian M113's. Things have progressed quite nicely and I'm pretty happy with how they are looking right now. Obviously I should have thought of things like decals before I started this project, but alas, that's not really me - so I've just ordered Canadian 1:87 decals from Germany - from TL Modellbau Here's the set I ordered:
I also ordered some Danish decals so I can finalise some of their vehicles as well. I went with 1:87 mainly because I couldn't really find anything else. Battlefront do 1:100 Canadian decals which look OK - but I don't think you can order them without buying their kits - so I didn't bother there. I've read these fit perfectly well on 1/72 kits - so we'll see how they go.
At the same time I ordered some vehicle mounted FN MAGs for another Canadian project... I have started work on the crew for these M113's but I don't want to mount them until after I have properly weathered the vehicles - and I can't really weather them until I've added the decals. So they will probably remain looking like this for another 6 weeks or so - depending on how long mail from Germany to Australia takes. Then I can also paint the lights.
So here are the pics:
The M113 is from S-Model, with a Elhiem (slightly modified) .30 Cal added and various different bits of stowage. ESCI track links on the front.
Another S-Model M113, again with a modified Elhiem .30 Cal, various stowage and an Airfix bicycle.
A 3rd S-Model M113 - essentially straight from the box, with various bits of stowage and an ESCI road wheel mounted on the splash board. The S-Model .50 Cal is a bit long to my eye, but is nicely detailed.
Finally this is an ESCI M113. While I think the S-Model M113 is a great little kit, the old ESCI one is outstanding. You can have the driver's hatch open - so why not! Again this has various bits of stowage and the rear hatch opened. I'm planning on putting 2 Elhiem Canadians in the rear hatch.
Here they are all together:
So that's it for now.