Tamiya 1/35 M-113 APC
The Tamiya M-113 APC is an old kit. It comes with a complete interior, an engine, and 5 figures. A nice kit considering it’s age, which according to my “armor” friends, is outdated. To me, it was a nice change of pace from aircraft, and an occasional boat.
Assembly was straight forward. I knew the “fun part” would be the figures, and weathering, along with the base. I decided upon a small base, done to replicate a swampy trail/road, on a slightly raised berm. Nothing too exciting, but something that would show the vehicle in it’s native habitat, hot and dusty.
After I assembled the M-113, I purchased an 8 1/2″ X 11 1/2″ base at Hobby Lobby. After I stained the base, I used thin styrofoam to build up the “high” spots. I used Perma Scene that I’ve had laying around longer than the M-113. After painting and weathering, I added the “greenery” . Then I tried to weather the vehicle to fit in.
I enjoyed the build, and not having to worry about correct paint shades, decals, etc. When I start getting bored with my usual builds, it will be nice to slip back into something like this.
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