Dragon's 1/72 scale HMMWV 1+1 kit will be
available online from Squadron.com
When the AM General High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle or HMMWV came
out in the mid 1980s, many in the military were not happy at its size. Designed
to replace the M151 "jeep", the CUCV series of 1 1/4 ton trucks and personnel
carriers, the M561 Gama Goat and any other remaining 3/4 or 1 1/4 ton trucks, it
was considered either too big or too small, depending upon whom you asked. But
over the last 20 years, the vehicle has acquired a great reputation for
reliability and mobility, and has handled every task given to it. Currently it
serves in many nations other than the US, where it is the backbone light vehicle
for both the US Army and USMC. It comes in a myriad of different versions, with
at least two different armor kits to enhance protection to its crew and the
ability to carry any crew-served weapon from the 5.56mm Squad Automatic Weapon
to the .50 caliber M2HB and TOW missile launcher.
now offers a "one plus one" – double – kit of the M1025 or M1026 version of the
HMMWV (the nickname "Hummer" is commercial; most military refer to the vehicle
as the "Humvee".) This is the basic "hardtop" personnel carrier with seats for
four and a hip ring with sling seat mounted on the roof for weapons. (For those
curious about other variants, the M1026 is the same vehicle with winch and the
M1114 is the "Heavy Hummer" factory armored variant. DML does offer the winch
bumpers for the M1026s in the kit.)
The kit provides two different versions of the HMMWV, so the modeler must pay
close attention as it is difficult to tell them apart. The basic M1025 body has
more slots in the lower rock panel body moldings than the ASK armored version,
so note that there are two body styles. Most of the rest of the parts are
interchangeable less the doors and roofs.
The chassis is well detailed but only takes a few assemblies to complete, and
compliments go to DML's engineers for that work. Each vehicle has a shifter and
case selector lever as well as a SINCGARS radio and KY-57 crypto box provided
for it as well (part A13, one assembly in the front seat area.)
The kit provides a choice of four weapons for the hip ring: M249 SAW, M60, M2HB
or Mark 19 30mm grenade launcher. The weapons are very well done and consist of
several parts each (e.g. mount, ammo box, handles, locks, etc.)
There are some odd things however. The tailgate can be positioned opened or
closed, but the "turtleback" hatch above it is fixed, which somewhat limits its
usefulness. (Most of these versions have racks in the back for various weapons
and ammunition, and some come with more than one weapon for mission
flexibility.) Also, the headlights come as grey styrene even though separate
parts; I personally recommend replacing them with MV Lenses or similar parts,
but at least DML has been kind enough to have the mounts pre-drilled for you.
The tires are in a grey vinyl type plastic, so they will have to be painted. I
do not have much experience with how well this works, but there have been
problems with DML vinyl tires on their 1/35 kits when painted that appears to
lead to cracking. However, given their recent DS vinyl product, this may no
longer be a problem.
Finishing options are provided for two vehicles in Iraq, one straight sand and
one in "Euro" tricolor with sand color ASK upgrade parts. Note that the decal
sheet that comes with these kits is quite extensive, and that indicates many
more options will be forthcoming from DML with these basic chassis.
Overall these are nice appealing models that should compliment the M1A1 and M2A2
vehicles DML already offers in this scale for Operating Iraqi Freedom.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2005 by Cookie
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Last updated 23 April, 2005
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