Mirko Römer D-Day. Decision Day. Modelcollect provides us with a truly beautiful kit - but it's an incomplete hybrid... So does Tetra Models. The kit has got both winches, the smaller one on the right for self recovery and a bigger one, that can be mounted on the midship platform for towing engineer equipment up on the trailer. When I found rare pics of an M983A2 LET (Light Equipment Transporter), I discovered that it doesn't have the self recovery winch any more. It was replaced by a box. On the left, the fuel tank got some steps. The decals from Modelcollect only represent early M983 tractors used by air defence units.
For an early M983 the next problem arose from the Tetra Models set which is - apart from the following lines - really superb. It does have the late style footpegs of an M983 A2 /A2R / A4 but the big platform part for the lying sprare wheel that an M983 usually carries. On the other hand it lacks any parts for the self recovery winch bushings/roller housings.
Due to the decals I opted for the early M983 variant and scratched these parts. Next steps will be installing a winch cable and the small crane to the right of the engine. So much fun, thank you everybody…
Martin That's very well researched. The small detail work is exquisite. I most like the rucksack on the passenger seat, to me highliting the problem with all military vehicles, they never design them with space for the soldiers massive amount of kit.