Dragon's 1/72 scale HMMWV 1+1 kit will be
available online from Squadron.com
DML continues with its "one plus one" – double – kit of the HMMWV series with
the M1045 or M1046 versions, better known as the TOW carriers.
one consists of the two base vehicles from Kit No. 7294 but with all of the
machine gun options removed from the sprues and in their place two new sprue
sets, one for the TOW launcher and turret mounting and the other for the missile
racks and stowage. The launcher is one of DML's slide molded parts, so it is
hollow all the way through. This helps if you want to leave it unloaded, or a
missile tube is provided for loading it. Four spare tubes (six are shown on the
rack ends, but since only four will be seen, that's all you get) and the ground
mount round out the TOW parts.
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 is
identical to the M1045, e.g. without winch, other than the internal bits for the
TOW launcher and missile stowage. It has more slots in the lower rock panel body
moldings than the M1046 with winch version fitted with ASK armor, so note that
there are two body styles. Each vehicle has a separate set of doors and
windshields as well. 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.)
Some things from the earlier kits have been corrected. Originally the tailgate
could be positioned opened or closed, but the "turtleback" hatch above was
fixed. Now that part is provided separately (D2) so the interior can be
displayed. However, the headlights still 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
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, both in "Euro" tricolor,
but the M1046 has sand color ASK upgrade parts. Note that there are two decal
sheets with this kit, one for the missiles and one for the vehicle. Both are
rather extensive for this scale.
Overall these are nice appealing models that should compliment the other DML
kits for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review samples.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2005 by Cookie
Page Created 17 September, 2005
Last updated 16 September, 2005
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