AUSTRALIAN 1/35 scale Australian M113A1 family of vehicles building guide


Tamiya and Academy M113 models are almost identical.  Some large parts like hull roofs may need a some sanding to fit.


MA103 1/35 M113A1 T50 turret. This is the same as MA113 but only provides the external pieces including turret, drivers hatch, extended trim vane and cargo hatch with filter box.

The turret is hollow and comes with the 50 and 30 cal machine gun receivers.  Designed to have some detail but for a model that has no internal details

MA104 Long Tan 18 August 1966 conversion.

This conversion set provides all the conversion bits required to make an Australian M113A1 APC as served at the Battle of Long Tan 18 August 1966. Parts included:

  • Early M113A1 hull top
  • Cargo hatch with filter box
  • 2 x AB719 aerial bases -  associated with VRC-12 radio sets
  • 3 x jerrycans in wire frames (2 x metal + 1 x Plastic water). (Options which you choose)
  • 1 APC Squadron pattern gun shield
  • 8 x 50 cal machine gun ammunition liners
  • 1 strip of spot welded tiedowns (to strap the liners down to the hull)
MA105 1/35 scale gun shield for M113A1 APC 1969 ( as seen and used by Normie Rowe)

This is the the version that had the side panels high at the rear


MA106 1/35 T50 turret for external models of Australian M113A1s  NEW

This is the same as MA113 but is based on a solid turret with hatch, extended trim vane and cargo hatch with filter box.  For those modellers who want to build an Australian  M113A1 with no internal details - no turret basket or internal turret details.


MA107 1/35 engine mesh to cover the engine grills on M113A1 family of vehicles


MA108 1/35 AS 1729 VRC AMU with carbon fibre antennae (pack of 3) NEW

This provides carbon fibre antennae embedded in a resin antennae base.


MA109 This gives you the improved interior detail for The M113A1 as used by the Australian Army from day one.
  • improved battery box
  • ramp pulley
  • two radio shelves (to be used  with Aussie Army Radios  kit AA354) plus support strips.
  • cargo hatch bump stops NEW
  • Cargo  / drivers hatch latches  NEW

Recommended extra items would be MA301 / MA302 / MA317



M113A1 T50 turret with full interior turret detail.  Included new fire walls with two piece engine access panels, cargo hatch with filter box.  The turret has full interior detail with turret basket, machine guns ammo bins and spent round bin.

This is a 50/30 calibre machine gun combination version.  It does provide options for the large ammo bins used in Vietnam as well as an alternative (used in Australia) rack with 30 and 50 calibre liners fitted post Vietnam.

MA127 M113A1 ammunition rack and liners for T50 twin 30 cal machine guns Late 1968 - 1972   NEW


MA128 M113A1 ammunition rack and liners for T50 30/50 cal machine guns 1969 - 1972   NEW


MA129 Ammunition liners for 50 cal machine gun equipped M113A1 APCs (1965 – 1972)   NEW



Belly armour and sponson armour for Tamiya M113s.  These were introduced in South Vietnam in  August 1970  The sponson armour was welded on and therefore remained in place until 2011+.  The belly armour was removed while at peace and operating within Australia.  Belly armour was added to vehicles that served in Somalia, Rwanda and Timor.


Belly armour and sponson armour for Academy M113s.  As above for MA134 but the belly armour is built to fit Academy M113 FOV.


Update for Tamiya Saladin turret Fire Support Vehicle.  This is a correction set to the Tamiya kit.  It provides a new hull roof with a correct plinth for the Saladin turret which is the main problem with the kit.  It adds and enhances other part of the Tamiya kit.



1965-68 M113 update set.  The two things that make the Australian M113A1 different from all other M113s is that they were supplied to the Australian Army with 25mm of foam glued to the crew compartment roof and that we had a more comprehensive air filter system on the cargo hatch (replacing the simple mushroom ventilator behind the cargo hatch).


This update set includes a complete hull top (with foam) and integral fuel tank inspection panel.  The first M113A1 APC whose ARN was 134140 to 134295 had this type of hull top.


Later when the integral fuel tank was replaced with a bolt in fuel tank the hull roof inspection plate did not change.


Rear cargo hatch with filter box sold separatelyRequired for all Australian M113A1 family of vehicles (FOV).  The only external difference between an Australian M113A1 and other countries M113A1s was the cargo hatch filter box (before they started to add gunshields and turrets).  Internally the hull roof behind the driver was covered with foam padding that can be modelled by adding a layer of 20thou plastic sheet cut to size.


Bolt in fuel tank.  This can replace the Tamiya or Academy fuel cells.  The Academy fuel cell is way to long for Australian M113A1s (and most probably all US M113 FOV).  The welded in integral fuel tank was subject to cracking and was replaced by the bolt in variety commencing in 1968.


Indicator lights and tow shackles.  These represent the lights on both front and rear that were indicator lights mounted on a plate with reinforcing mesh guard to the front.  This commenced in Australia in 1975.  It was not used in Vietnam.  It is / was an Australian road authority requirement for the vehicles to have indicators / trafficators.



Modern M113A1 indicator lights 1998 onwards  The front indicator light mount was redesigned and the rear indicator light were replaced with standard truck indicator lights




Saladin fire support vehicles (FSV) – decals for all eight vehicles that served in Vietnam 1971-72


The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.  T50 turreted M113A1 APC  that served with B Sqn, 3 Cavalry Regt in Vietnam 1968-70

MAD616 Blood sweat and tears – T50 turreted M113A1 APCs that served with C Sqn, 3 Cavalry Regt 1971
Map01 Olive Drab lustreless 1966-2006
Map02 FS30219 Brown 1993-2006
Map03 FS37038 Black 1993-2006


OZCAM three pack (contains three colours above)




Radio sets.  This contains an AN/VRC 46 (1 x RT524) and a AN/GRC125 (1 x PRC125).  All  M113A1s in Vietnam carried these as part of a troop and had two aerials. 


The Troop leader had AN/VRC 46 (2 x RT524) and an AN/GRC125 (1 x PRC125) with three aerials. 


Squadron HQ had 4 aerials and had  the troop leader's radio fitout plus an additional AN/GRC 106 radio set.


Australian pattern water jerrycans (pack of 10).  These have been in service with the Australian Army since early Vietnam 1966


Australian plastic water jerrycan in vehicle holders.  Seen on the back of M113A1 FOV and on turrets.  These have been in use since at least 1967.  Not initially fitted to Australian / American M113FOV (jerrycans were held in by webbing straps initially) but were introduced during the Vietnam conflict.


Top opening plastic chests.  These replaced the metal “foot lockers” (MA311) and are seen inside carriers and on the roof of ASLAV PCs as storage. Also included are Side opening plastic chests.  These appear to have been purpose built to replace wooden Jackie boxes.  They are bolted to the roof and held in by a structure of angle iron.  In use since 2000.


Modern Australian five man ration packs


Modern Australian one man ration packs



Military chests metal – foot lockers.  Seen inside and on top of M113A1 FOV as storage chests during Vietnam and including 1990s. Also included Jackie Boxes / Bin packs.  Used a storage of additional food and reading material seen from Vietnam until replaced by the plastic variety in about 2000


A complete equipment schedule for tanks and APC.  The stuff that you see on most vehicles within Australia.  Gas stove, gas bottle, ammo liners, half jerrycan, jaffle iron, 3 piece cook set, echelon bag etc.

Common Combinations

Vehicle to be modelled

Mouse Armour parts

Other kits required

Vietnam Long Tan 1966



Vietnam 1965-68



Vietnam T50

MA113 / MA103 / MA106

Depending on turret detail required

Vietnam Saladin FSV



Post Vietnam M113A1

MA113 + MA141 (depending on ARN)


See catalogue for items and costs.                       


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