The M113A1 is a fully tracked, lightly armored personnel carrier (APC) developed to replace the M59 mechanized infantry carrier. The M113 was the most widely used armored vehicle of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. The M113A1 provided protection, to both crew and passengers, to break through the heavy jungle thickets. Firing from the vehicle, to attack and overrun enemy positions, was possible with the added external gun shields bestowing the M113A1 with the nickname ACAV, armored cavalry assault vehicle.
Although being long replaced as a front-line combat vehicle by the M2 and M3 Bradley, the M113A1 served in a wide variety of roles such as armored ambulances, mortar carriers, engineer vehicles, and command vehicles with over 80,000 M113s in over 50 countries, making it one of the most widely used armored fighting vehicles of all time.
The AFV Club M113A1 ACAV, kit No: AF35113, kit features:
- Highly detailed hull featuring accurate weld lines, engine intake grill, bolts, and tiedown hooks.
- Fully detailed interior featuring the crew’s and passengers’ stations with seats, instrument panels and radio.
- Movable hatches, rear exit ramp and door after assembly.
- Includes additional shields for the ACAV version.
- Transparent parts for the periscopes and headlights.
- Fully workable torsion bar suspension system.
- Vinyl tracks.
- Extensive array of weapons and accessories including XM134 Minigun, and various infantry light weapons.
- 2 types of flotation ramp.
- Photoetched parts for tool straps and roof guardrails.
- 7 marking options for 6 US vehicles deployed in Vietnam, and 1 Republic of China Army.