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M113 IDF Fitter Interior

by: Ethelian Middleton [ HAWKEYE ]


Originally published on:
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Introduction
The Academy M-113 IDF Fitter includes an interior that is just crying out to be detailed even further. The basic Academy interior is good, but now we can dress it up even more with the Eduard interior PE set.


The Set
The first stage in the instructions covers the new anti skid floor panels. The details on these plates are much closer to scale, and design, than the Academy floor. One thing to watch out for here is to make sure the hole in the drivers floor plate matches up with the hole in the Academy floor, this will allow a smooth fitting of the drivers seat support. Also covered in this stage is the addition of a mesh screen for the radiator, plus a support bracket. This section also covers the addition of some small brackets on the drive shaft housing and the fan.

Stage Two commences with the addition of a plate to go on the throttle pedal, again improving on the kits pedal. After this you are instructed to make new parts for the control column, be very careful with these parts as they are very prone to bending, but do look good if fitted correctly. Then it is onto the door opening mechanism. This is one of the nicest subassemblies in the set, and really does look much better than the kit parts, and then finally we have the “support” for the drivers seat.

Stage Three of the instructions starts with the addition of some seat belts for the center-mounted bench. The seat belts are formed to a realistic shape and add some “eye” candy to a rather plain bench seat. After this we move onto the inside of the roof, this receives several parts, including panels for the drivers control, hand straps that add as much to the roof, as the seat belts do to the bench. There is also a complete radio and it’s supporting shelf. Why this is included I am not sure as there is nowhere for it to go and I would suggest not using these parts.

Stage Four mainly deals with the rear of the interior and has a complete map table replacement, which is very detailed, but easy to assemble. There is also a new mounting bracket for the extinguisher and a small card sheet with dials on for the radio and a PE cover. Next are a few minor details for the rear hatch, a firing port cover and a new locking handle. Finally Eduard supplies the part that is missing from ever injection moulded M-113 kit, the rear ramp winch. This part can be very annoying to assemble, but does make a big difference to a completed M-113.


In Conclusion
This PE set from Eduard offers replacement parts that are much better detailed than the Academy parts. This set is a must for any Fitter, whether that is an Israeli one or an Australian one. I do not find this set to be too complex, and with a little bit of care and persistence, every part can be used.



My thanks to Eduard for the review sample.


References
IDF Modelling

Israeli Weapons

PMMS




SUMMARY
With care, every part in this set can be used to produce an outstanding model.
  QUALITY OF PARTS:80%
Percentage Rating
80%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35879
  Suggested Retail: $22.95
  Related Link: Eduard
  PUBLISHED: Jul 23, 2006
  NATIONALITY: Israel
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.39%

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About Ethelian Middleton (Hawkeye)
FROM: WALES, UNITED KINGDOM

Copyright ©2018 text by Ethelian Middleton [ HAWKEYE ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

Many thanks for the review as it answers the one glaring question I had. Just like Academy they have overlooked the most important item on the Fitters and that is the Crane controls. They sit where Eduard would have you place the Drivers night site holder just behind the driver. I can't believe they could miss such an obvious item. Cheers AL
JUL 23, 2006 - 11:08 AM
Hey Al, i was surprised they included the radio that hangs down from the roof. If you trey and fit that, as per ther instructions, you would not get the mount for the crane in. This is surprising considering that Eduard are usually much more accurate. Regards from the Swamp Hawkeye
JUL 23, 2006 - 11:30 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.
   

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