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DML continues its modern American Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) series in
1/72 with the infantry version of the current A2 series vehicles. This kit
represents the penultimate M2 variant where ODS means "Operation Desert Storm."
However, it does not come with the latest version's equipment, namely reactive
armor protection on the hull and turret sides.
This kit is not as impressive as the M3A2 ODS kit (#7226) as it comes with fewer
parts. It provides the TF 1-64 inspired side stowage bins, albeit this is a 1-22
Infantry vehicle from the 4th Infantry Division ("Division XXI"). All wheels
roll, the rear ramp operates, and the gun can be made to move up or down. The
latter comes at a price, as it requires using a vinyl aerial gunsight connector
arm and other sight arm (parts D2 and D4) made out of black vinyl, but the
directions do not indicate if this is "glueable" vinyl as in the Tamiya kits or
The hatches and missile launcher box are poseable but only if glued in place.
Alas, whereas this kit has bins for stowage it lacks the set of vinyl "kit" for
stowage in the bustle rack and side bins for that "lived in" look. Thermal
identification panels are still provided, however.
As noted this one is marked for 1-22 Infantry but comes in the modern sand
Overall, it is a nice kit and continues the series of modern US armor in "small
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2004 by Cookie
Page Created 17 October, 2004
Last updated 17 October, 2004
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