Last year I built an experimental M-113 in around 1/48 scale from balsa. The resulting model looks OK but the build was a little too much like hard work. It occured to me that, following on from some success with carving bits of AFV from insulation foam, it should be relatively easy to carve the fairly simple shape of an M-113. I tried using the 1-inch thick foam I already had but this didn't go well as the two parts required to make up the hull was clearly one too many. Some thicker (2-inch) board was acquired (about £5 for a 2x4 foot sheet) and my knife and I returned to the fray.
The basic hull shapes....
...with the distinctive rear fenders.
It all looks a bit bare...
...but hatches and doors are ready to be added using balsa and mdf.
A balsa track guard before final shaping.
More on this crime against accuracy coming soon.