Assembling the M113/M106 Platoon (TUBX03)

Assembling M113/M106 Platoon (TUBX03)

Assembling the M113/M106 (TUBX03)
Includes four plastic M113/M106, Decal Sheet and Crew

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Description of Components

M113/M106 Sprue (x4)

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 M113 Decal Sheet (x1)

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Crew Frames

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Assembling The Basic M113 Hull

To assemble the M113, there are a number of components that are common to all of the variants of the M113 that can be constructed using the box set; the hull being case in point.

The components seen on the plastic spures below highlighted in green are used to construct all of the M113 variants. The components highlighted in red are optional and can be included if you so choose.

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Assembly of the Basic M113 Hull

Step 1.
Each track for the M113 has a small tab on the front end. This tab sits up against with the lower half of the hull front as seen in the examples below.
Below: The right-hand and left-hand side tracks attached successfully to the hull.

Tip: When referring to left or right-hand side in regards to a Flames Of War miniature, the orientation is determined as if looking at the vehicle from the rear.
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Step 2. Next, attach the front glacis plate to the front of the hull. Below: The glacis plate attached to the front of the hull.
Step 3. Next, time to assemble the rear section; this is made up of the ramp and the rear door.
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Below: The assembled ramp section.
Step 4. Next, attach the rampsection to the back of the hull.
Below: With the ramp section attached, the basic hull is now fully assembled.
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The Side Fenders
The side fenders attach to the hull just above the tracks as shown in the example below.

Below: The side fender attached to the sides of the M113.
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Assembly of the M113 Personnel Carrier
Along with the basic hull components; the components seen on the plastic sprue below highlighted in green are used to construct the M113 Personnel Carrier.

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Step 1. Begin by attaching the top deck to the top of the hull. Step 2. Next, attach the vehicle driver's hatch.
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Step 3. followed by the passenger compartment hatch. Step 4. Now add the trim vane to the front of the hull.
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Below: Trim vane attached correctly. Step 5. Next, assemble the .50 cal MG turret. Below: .50 cal MG turret.
Note: If you don't want a crewman in your turret, glue the hatch closed.
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Step 6. Add the turret to the M113. Step 7. Finally, if you've glued your hatch open you can choose a crewman off the sprue and glue him in the turret.
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Below: Fully assembled M113 Personnel Carrier.
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Assembly of the M106 Heavy Mortar

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Step 1. Begin by attaching the top deck to the top of the hull. Step 2. Attach the hinged section to the top of the hull.
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Step 3. Now add the trim vane to the front of the hull. Step 4. Glue the mortar base plate and ??? to the left side of the tank.
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Step 5. Next, attach the driver's hatch to the top deck. Step 6. Attach the 4.2in mortar to the base plate.
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Below: The 4.2in mortar attached correctly.

Step 7. Glue any mortar figure to the mortar plate.
Note: The set only includes enough mortar crew figures for one figure per vehicle.

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Step 8. Now you can glue the mortar and crew into the fighting comaprtment. Step 9. Next, assemble the .50 cal MG turret. Below: .50 cal MG turret.
Note: If you don't want a crewman in your turret, glue the hatch closed.
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Step 10. Add the turret to the M106. Step 11. Finally, if you've glued your hatch open you can choose a crewman off the sprue and glue him in the turret.
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Below: Fully assembled M106 Heavy Mortar.
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Painting MERDC

Painting MERDC

You can find out all about the distinctive MERDC camouflage pattern here...

All the colours you need to paint MERDC can be found in the Quartermasters Paint Set and the Team Yankee American Paint Set.

And we have a set of templates to help paint MERDC camouflage here...