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RAEME Fitter - Rwanda

Postby Green team » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:36 pm

Another one that has been on the bench for much longer than I care to admit. I have had this kit for years but decided to build it as the RAEME Fitter that was sent in support of the 3/4 Cav Troop as part of Op TAMAR to Rwanda. Inspiration came after reading 'Pure Massacre' by Kevin O'Halloran and 'Combat Medic' by Terry Pickard, both very confronting but excellent books.

Info on the M113's sent to Rwanda is sketchy at best but when I saw a decal set from Echelon for any of the four M113's sent, I grabbed them. I'd like to thank both Haydn Neal and Gorrilagan for the info they sent me on the Fitters variant, (Yes it was years ago!). I didn't realise until too late that the position of the HIAB crane is incorrect on the kit so will just have to live with it. I scratch built the modified top hatch and also the indicators. The tool boxes were butchered from several of the IDF specific parts that come in the kit. The water jerries were robbed from an ASLAV kit and the frame and ballast plates under the jerries, made from styrene card. Hydraulic lines on the crane were made from fuse wire.
Spare road wheel and idler halves were robbed from other kits. There are still some finishing touches to do but I am undecided on fitting the browning 50cal. I know the APC's were fitted with 50/30 but I haven't seen the fitter vehicle armed.
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Re: RAEME Fitter - Rwanda

Postby bell209 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:38 pm

A nice variation to what we usually see here - nicely done!
Rob

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Re: RAEME Fitter - Rwanda

Postby DesTROYer » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:57 pm

I like that a lot.
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Re: RAEME Fitter - Rwanda

Postby AndrewDoppel » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:24 pm

Noice!
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Re: RAEME Fitter - Rwanda

Postby enfield38 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:46 pm

Looks great GT. If you don't mind, what is the issue with the HIAB position?
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Re: RAEME Fitter - Rwanda

Postby Green team » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:15 pm

Hi Rod,

At the time I was building this (about 2-3 years ago), I came across an online article where it was mentioned that the location of the crane was a little too far forward and possibly inboard/outboard a touch, as depicted on the model. I recall seeing a build photo where someone had 'corrected' it's location and it was only moved 3-4mm at most from the mounting point in the kit. As usual I have searched high and low and cannot for the life of me find any trace of this article! Sorry I can't shed any more light on it....

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Re: RAEME Fitter - Rwanda

Postby enfield38 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:26 pm

Cheers Mate, thanks for taking the time to look.
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