Includes four plastic M163 VADS/M901 ITV vehicles, Decal Sheet and Crew
The M163 Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS) is a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) that was used by the United States Army. The M168 gun is a variant of the General Dynamics 20 mm M61 Vulcan rotary cannon.
Step 1.Begin by attaching the left-hand side track to the hull.
Step 2.Next, attach the right-hand side track to the hull.
Below:Both tracks secured to the hull.
Step 3.Add the rear door to the ramp section.
Step 4.Attach the ramp section to the rear of the hull.
Step 5.Next, attach the glacis plate to the front of the hull.
Below:The glacis plate in place.
Step 6.Attach the left-hand side fender to the side of the hull.
Step 7. Attach the right-hand side fender to the side of the hull.
Step 8.Next, attach the top deck shown in the example below.
Below:The top deck of the M901 ITV in place.
Step 9.Next, attach the trim vane to the front of the glacis plate.
Step 10.Attach the driver's hatch to the top deck.
Step 11.Next, attach the passenger compartment hatch.
Below:The passenger compartment hatch in place.
Step 12.Begin assembly of the dual M220 TOW launcher by attaching the elevation arm to the turret mount.
Step 13.Next, attach the face plate to the front of the M220 TOW launcher pod.
Step 14.Attach the launcher pod the elevation section.
Below:The completed dual M220 TOW launcher.
Step 14.Complete assembly of the M901 ITV by attaching the dual M220 TOW launcher to the top of the completed hull.
Assembling the M163 VADS
Begin assembly of the M163 VADS by following steps one through seven of the M901 ITV assembly guide.
Step 8.Attach the top deck shown in the examples below.
Step 9. Attach the driver's hatch to the top deck.
Below:The driver's hatch in place.
Step 10.Next, attach the high displacement trim vane to the front of the glacis plate.
Step 11.Attach the left-hand side flotation cell to the side of the hull.
Step 12. Attach the right-hand side flotation cell to the side of the hull.
Below:The both flotation cells in place.
Step 13.Next, attach the side section of the turret to the main turret section.
Step 14.Attach the radar to the side of the side.
Step 15.Attach the front radar section to the side of the turret.
Below:The completed M163 VADS turret.
Step 16.Complete assembly of the M163 VADS by attaching the turret to the top of the completed hull.
Step 1. To add crew, simply insert a crew head to the inside of the turret.
Below:The M163 with added crew.
Attaching The Turret
To attach the turret to the hull, you can use rare earth magnets (sold separately in the online store here). Simply attach one to the bottom of the turret and the top of the hull. Learn more about using rare earth magnets here.
The other option is to use the turret peg found on the plastic sprue. To do this, simply attach the peg to the bottom of the turret. The turret peg then simply mates with the hole in the top of the hull.