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Modelling the Australian M113A1 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle in 1/35 scale
by Jan White

The Australian Army uses about 700 M113A1 vehicles of which about 400 are configured as LRVs.  This is the combination of the diesel powered M113A1 and the Cadillac Gage T50 machine gun turret.   The turret was first introduced into Australian service in Vietnam and was initially armed with two .30 calibre machine guns.  Shortly after some vehicles had one .30 machine replaced by a .50 calibre machine gun.  This 50/30 armament configuration is used today (2002). 

Whether this combination is called an LRV or an APC depends on the type of unit that uses it.  If 2 Cavalry Regiment uses the vehicle it is an LRV, however if 5/7 RAR mechanised uses it it is an APC and it carrier infantry not scouts.

To make an accurate M113A1 LRV currently in service you will need to make the following modifications to the M113A1 kit.  As far as I can tell the hull top of an M113 and M113A1 are the same.

t50top.jpg (9842 bytes) Plan view of a T50 turret.   This shows that the side panels are basically mounted on a round disc.
Note the asymmetrical hinge arrangement and depression stop rail with supporting flat steel supports.  Another view of the modified drivers hatch. M11350.jpg (7543 bytes)
front.jpg (5964 bytes) The front of a T50 turret. Notice that the side panels fit onto what looks like a flat disc.  Attached to this disc is a shallow vertical side wall.  This side wall fits over a turret ring that is attached to the hull.  The armament has been removed in this photo and blanking discs are in place.

The camouflage colours are black, green and brown taken on an overcast day.

This shows the cut down edge of the drivers hatch, relocated aerial mount, external fire extinguisher handle and non standard aerial guard.

A standard fitting to Australian M113A1s is a fine mesh over the intake / outflow engine grills.

hatch.jpg (13395 bytes)

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