We promised to investigate the difference between YPR-765 PRI (AF35119) and the other two, NATO AFIV (AF35016) and YPR 765 PRI (AF35S14).

To simply answer the question, AF35016 and AF35S14 are basically the same model, with different decals, however, AF35016 can be built to represent a Belgium AIFV while AF35S14 is exclusively built to be a early Dutch YPR765 PRI. Will go into the details with a different post, as we promised to focus on AF35119 first.

AF35119 represents a YPR765 PRI with the modifications done to the storage rack at the rear and also the change of T130 track to Diehl 213 Track. Therefore, there is an addition Spur H, a new PE sheet and also a new set of track.

We are lucky enough that we are able to get in touch with Mr. Gerard Van Oosbree to clarify a few things on this kit.

First, the introduction is wrong saying Diehl 513B was introduced, it is Diehl 213 Track as mentioned above. Due to the change of the track, the sprocket should use part D13 & D17 and NOT A8 & A9 in stage 2 of the instruction. (11th teeth instead of 10th).

There are four H8, so you can put them to D26 of the rear ramp as well, if you wanted to.

In stage 5, the stoppers attached to G10 for the cargo hatch should be D7 and NOT D8, as D8 with flat bottom should to to G1 at the front on the floating board. There is part C33 never mentioned, and we believed it is the missing center piece for attaching the floating board to the vehicle!

In stage 6, C49 and C50 should NOT be installed on Dutch vehicle.

In stage 7, C8 should NOT be attached to Dutch vehicle.

In stage 14, if you are using E22, then remember to add the two small leg to E20, and attached to E33 above the sight. Parts included, but not mentioned in the instruction!

One final note, there is no enough room for the new track between the side armour. We saw some modellers trying to increase the space by putting spacer between the vehicle body and the armour, well, this sort of solved the problem, but change the overall shape of the vehicle. We studied the reference closely and found that if look at the armour from the front, the lower front armour is kind of inverted triangle shape, i.e. if you carefully cut that part of the armour, which should give more room for the track!

It works for us, and we may consider changing the rubber track to the injection one, which appeared to be slightly narrower, and you can sand it down with injection plastic, but you cannot do anything with a rubber track. We have not decided.

It is a longer post than usual, but we are hopefully with a small explanation, other modellers will find building this model kit a little bit easier and more enjoyable. The instruction really let this kit down, but we must reiterate it is a nice kit, and if you like M113, you should enjoy having this one in your collection

YPR765 & AIFV (Part 2)

It is better to talk about NATO AFIV (AF35016) as this is the first kit that come out. If you follow all the instructions, plus what we have discovered here, you will have a perfect Belgium AIFV. This is what they are called instead of YPR765 as originated from XM765!

Step 5, (part C33) is not mentioned but we figured it as the middle link to the floating board and Step 6, Belgium used a slight different antenna mount (part C37).

What is missing in the instruction is (part C32) which is an ‘armoured cover’ attached below the Left Rear Light mounting (part C27). Thanks to Denis Simon who pointed it out at his post.


If you read Part 1, yes, Belgium vehicle has those two armour plates installed (part C49 & C50 as well as those two mounts (part C8) on their rear light bracket during construction of Step 7 and 8. That is pretty much the difference of a Belgium vehicle from a Dutch one as far as the hull is concerned.

One more thing, those smoke dischargers, right, they are not at the front but installed on the turret!

Now, an early Dutch YPR-765 PRI (AF35S14). Currently it is out of production kit, but all the parts are there, including PE are identical as AF35016), therefore, we have also included the instruction sheet in case you want to build a Dutch YPR.

Construction sequence are pretty much the same, on Step 5, part C33 is still not mentioned as the middle link of the flotation board, and the stopper for the cargo hatch should be part D7 instead of D8 as there is leg to sit on the PE, so where should D8 be? They should be at the front of the flotation board, the designer put ‘Tie black’ but forgotten to mention part D8!

We mentioned it before that Dutch do not have those two armoured plate (part C49 and C50) in Step 7.

Remember, do not put any smoke dischargers on the turret, if you are building from AF35016. What about markings for a Dutch vehicle. Well, if you cannot get hold of AF35S14, there is decal available from Black Lion Decals, which is very obviously a Dutch company!

Happy Modelling!

–> ORANGE LINE <– HTK-CS16 "Early WW2 French Air Force paint set" In December 1938 the French Air Ministry issued an instruction on camouflage of all land-based aircraft. Those already in service were painted during 1939, while the new ones received factory scheme. The colours applied could be different depending on the manufacturer – in general Light Blue Grey (Gris Blue Clair) was used on lower surfaces, with a mix of Dark Blue Grey (Gris Bleu Foncé), green (usually Kaki Français or Vert) and brown (usually Brun Fonce or Terre de Sienne) used on upper surfaces