I want to build an M2 Bradley that is fully detailed inside and out in 1/35 scale. What is the best kit? What detail kits are out there for the Bradley? Also I want to build a Bradley that would have been used in 95- 97 which Bradley would it be M2, M2A1, M2A2, M2A3? I like the look of the old M2 and M2A1. Were thay still being used during that time? One last question I only have a Hobby Town for supplys and they never get items in that I special order so I need a sourse other then Hobby Town. Who would carry all the detail kits that you can think of?
Thank you for your time and help
Any information regarding the Bradley IVF would be a great help also.
Tamiya makes four versions of the Bradley, the original M2 IFV w/interior, M3 CFV, M2A2 IFV and the later M2A2ODS. If you want an interior, you have to get the original M2 and do some scratch building to make it appropriate for an M2A2 or M2A2ODS (used in OIF).
The active Army was using the M2A2 and M2A2ODS during the mid-90s. Some units may have received the M2A3 as early as 1997, but I am not sure.
Academy also makes the M2 w/interior, M3 and M2A2ODS as used in OIF. The earlier kits were basically copies of the Tamiya kits.
Eduard makes a photo etched turret interior. None of the above kits with interiors ever came with a turret interior or engine. Real Models made a resin engine that glued in from the underside of the upper hull and it looks pretty good.
Fruilmodels makes old and new pattern tracks and Academy offered old style individual link tracks as well.
Rob is all over it. For some more info, if you are going to build an M2A2 ODS from the late '90s...
Tamiya's and Academy's newest M2A2s are both M2A2 ODS vehicles that are currently in use and were used in the late '90s as well. The main difference is that the Tamiya one best represents a partially rebuilt to ODS standard M2A2. Academy's represents a new-build M2A2 ODS. To me, Academy's is a better kit since it has some of Tamiya's issues fixed, sort of. For example, while still not deep enough, the drive sprockets have lightening holes, as opposed to Tamiya's solid dish sprockets. It also has most of the ODS upgrade pieces already in the kit, unlike Tamiya's, which only has a few ODS upgrades. The major drawback to the Academy kit is that it still has the old-style chevron block track, and to add further insult to injury, they are molded with the rubber pads 180 degrees out. You can replace the tracks with Blast resin ones, buy a set of rubber-band square block ones from Tamiya for about $5 + shipping, buy a set of the rediculously priced Fruil metal ones, or AFV Club is releasing a plastic indi-link square block set soon as well.
Both will benefit from Pawel's Bradley upgrade article.
Here are reviews on each from PMMS.
Academy M2A2 OIF Tamiya M2A2 ODS
Here is one I did a while ago as a 3ID track from OIF 1...
And an M7 B-FIST w/full interior to include a full turret interior and engine compartment, also from 3ID in OIF 1.
I used modified M2 (Academy or Tamiya) interiors for both and scratched the turret interior. The engine compartment on The B-FIST started life as a Tamiya Marder 2 engine and is highly modified.
Great Models Webstore carries all the above kits, accessories and suppies you need. Their prices are pretty good too. Any of the other online stores would be good as well.
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is it actually green inside a M2 Bradley? I was going to do mine in white. And I do have the Fruilmodel early model track links but before I build them I'll need to know exactly how many links make up a full track on the M2 (either side since the number would be the same for the left and the right. Oh and BTW the track link set comes with a pair of drive sprockets though somehow I also have 2 extra inner drive sprockets (you know the part that goes against the hull) anyone want them?
Eduard came out with a new set for the M2 IFV to replace the set it discontinued. more details to add inside and outside along with a new seperate Turret detail set that includes the deck and "basket" that you add to the turret last.
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