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Tamiya Bradley M2A2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle ODS

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.

Kit Highlights
  • Overall length: 193mm
  • Laser range finder, GPS antenna, rear sensors and box exhaust have been accurately replicated.
  • Comes with option of two 25mm cannons.
  • Tracks with highly durable pads.
  • CIP attached on both sides and the rear.
  • Plenty of extra attachments including personnel equipment such as alice packs and sleeping bag.
  • Body armor wearing commander and gunner half-figures included.
  • Decals for 3 different vehicles deployed to Iraq and 3 different vehicles deployed on NATO operations.
  • MSRP: $62.00 USD
  • Stock Number: 35264

 

The Kit:
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.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
The photo etch set from is Eduard # 35781 for Tamiya M2A2 Beadley kit 35152.

As I have mentioned countless times, I don’t build repeats or variants. But Tamiya model kits are such a breeze to work with, that I wouldn’t have a problem building a NATO scheme version of the Bradley M2A2.
Highly Recommended!

George Collazo
George Collazo
George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.
  • UPDATE:
    The Eduard photo etch set has been added to the review above. Here it is to save you some scrolling time: Eduard photo etch set # 35781. There’s more metal on that set than a Motley Crue concert 🙂

  • George Collazo

    Thanks for reading Justin.

    The reason I don’t build variants boils down to allotted building time. My main favorite subject is 1/48 and 1/32 aircraft. But I love building a little bit of everything including toy modifications. In fact, this site started as my toy modifications blog back in 2008 www fromtoytoprop dot com.

    About your second question: I could build an early version and late version. Not that everything in between was not important. But I find the history of early and late versions and how they came to be and late days more interesting. Next to my desk I have a Dragon Tiger I (3 in 1) kit # 6406. It is a Late Tiger with parts to build the very late of the late. I’m looking forward to build the very late 😉

    BTW, that’s a very nice kit. I hope this answer your questions.

  • Great review George! My I ask why you don’t build repeats or variants? And, like, how much of a variant do you consider not enough to build again? For instance, would you not build a Stug. III if you have already built a Stug. IV or do you consider those completely different?

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