Several people have asked why I didn't put up a review of the QRF M113's, honestly I kind of wanted to skirt around them. Secondly I was trying to block out the pain......I bought the BF boxed set simply to cathartically cleanse myself of these models.
Well be careful what you wish for..
Frankly the QRF M113's are awful - Sorry but they are....The Top Body doesn't fit the lower body, the Tracks don't fit, it took lots of effort to get the Tracks anywhere near the body....
All you get is the .50cal Turret....
All round, and I hate slagging off miniatures, but these are rubbish in fact I'm getting bloody angry typing this!
In my fit of angry pique I decided to buy the Battlefronts New M113's and I duly did....These are so damn good, they make the QRF stuff look even worse.
Where to start......Well they are £19 for 4.......Excellent value and actually cheaper than QRF, so you pay less and get more? This is clearly where BF are going and it seems like a they are following the Plastic Soldier Company in terms of Quality and Price.
You get 4 M113's in various Variants, Decals, Crewmen and Mortar Crewmen!!!!!
Well these things actually come in 5 variants, all on the Sprue, and loads of weapons for Converting and future projects.
So what can you make?
M113 , M113 w/ 0.50cal, M113 w/ Minigun, M113 w/0.50cal Okinawa Turret, M113 w/ 0.50cal Modern Turret, M113 w/ 40mm GMG, M113 w/ 106mm Recoiless Rifle, M113 w/ 81mm Mortar, M113 w/4.2" Mortar, and M113 Zippo Flame thrower.
You think this enough for the price? Well you also get the ACAV variant, and also things like Mud Guards.
The size difference is quite marked too, I'm not sure which one I prefer from the size perspective but the Battlefront ones win hands down across everything else. I'm also not sure if the size difference is that noticable (except when they are next to each other) and if you carried the BF ones throughout your force I don't think anyone would notice plus with Tanks and other vehicles it would work well.
This picture.....It completely illustrates my take on this.
I'm keeping all the spares for my HMMWV's and other projects, and I will be converting my own Infantry Mortar Teams, etc using these Spares. Also the Miniguns are cracking for Helicopters etc.
I am very happy with this boxed set and would recommend anyone who needs M113's for Modern to just pick up this boxed set, it is quite simply the best 15mm Option on the market and gives lots of spares and options.