Production of the M2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles began in 1980. Based on operations in the Gulf War in 1991, a further improved M2A2 ODS (Operation Desert Storm) was later developed in 1996. The M2A2 ODS featured the latest in electronics, including a laser range finder, missile countermeasure device, GPS and digital compass antenna sensor. After friendly fire incidents in the Gulf War, a CIP (Combat Identification Panel) was developed and attached to the sides and the rear of the M2A2 ODS. In March 2003, M2A2 ODS units attached to the 3rd Armored Infantry Division were at the front line in the Iraq War.
These article was drafted a few months ago pictures and all but seemed like every time I was about to add a few comments and publish it, something always came up. So here it is, a Bradley M2A2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle from Tamiya kit 35624. I indulged this model kit (and myself) to an Eduard photo etch set. For a OOB model kit builder, I wanted to take this kit a step further with these upgrades (including a brass M242 Bushmaster) and some scratch built elements.
The kit is the usual Tamiya quality with crisp molded-on detail. By the time this kit was built, there was at least 2 extra photo etch sets from Eduard to compliment the one I used. One of these sets is specifically for the interior. All the stowage used on the Bradley M2A2 came from Tamiya’s US Stowage set 35266. The photo etched barbed wire comes from Verlinden Productions set # 719.
The provided tracks are the ‘rubber band’ type. We’ve grown accustomed to white metal tracks and other styrene single links tracks. In my opinion, these tracks a very good representations. Nicely molded with zero flash or to worry about. The dust between the links is Vallejo Dark Yellow Ocre 73103.
Painting and Weathering:
This model was painted and weathered then with the AK Interactive OIF & OEF Weathering Set # AK-120. The US Modern Vehicle Sand Color AK-122 has a very nice pigmentation. I was surprised at how far this .17ml bottle went. The paint atomized superbly with my AZTEK A-470 airbrush OIF & OEF AK-121 Enamel Wash and AK-123 Streaking Effect were used. Some dusty effects was created using Tamiya XF-57 Buff.