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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