1⁄35The Much Maligned Italeri HMMWVs
Commando Hum-V #273
The name of this kit must have been lost in
translation. It represents one of the more common HMMWV configurations, the
4-door soft top with rear cargo cover. Commanders, staff officers and NCOs
commonly use this vehicle. Many are equipped with several radios for command
and control on different radio nets (brigade, battalion, company, etc.).
There are two versions of this kit. The older version is molded in dark
olive green and a newer version in tan. As with the previous HMMWV errors,
this vehicle has the same sparse interior detail, missing windshield
bumpers, and grill errors. The old green version has the armored hood grill;
the new tan one has a correct fiberglass grill. The tan one also has the six
oval indents added on each side of the chassis as well as the air vent grill
added to the right side. A new front bumper with three holes is included to
replace the incorrect one. A variety of antenna mounts are included, a nice
touch is the addition of the foam padding around lower portion of the
antennas. This was so the antenna did not rub through the canvas covers
while tied down. The decals depict a USAF air liaison officer (ALO) vehicle
during Desert Storm. It is nice to see a company go back and modify an
existing mold to correct inaccuracies.
M-1036 HMMWV with TOW Launcher #369
This kit is a modified reissue of Italeri’s first HMMWV
kit #247. Among the changes is the addition of the six oval indents, right
side air vent and a front winch to replace the incorrect four holed front
bumper. One modification of the kit now makes top hood grill wrong. It was
changed from the correct armored type to the unarmored fiberglass type.
Swapping the hood with an older kit’s hood easily rectifies this. Italeri
also adds the optional brush guard to this kit. There are several variations
of the actual brush guard depending on supplier so the accuracy of this
particular one is immaterial.
Another addition is a small circular rear view mirror added to the old style
rear view mirror. Too bad Italeri didn’t change the rear view mirrors on
their kits to the now more common “West Coast” style rear view mirrors. The
reversed gunner’s hatch remains unchanged, but at least the decals in this
kit represent two different US Army vehicles (although the directions
incorrectly identify the Desert Storm variant as a USMC vehicle) and include
a set of Military Vehicle Delineators (MVDs), ever present on USAREUR
Hummer Avenger #6387
The Italeri Avenger has the modified chassis and hood
grill. The hood grill is now the fiberglass type and the six indents and air
vent were added. This is not a re-box of the Esci Avenger and although the
vehicle chassis is the same as their family of HMMWVs, the Avenger turret is
all-new. This is the one Italeri HMMWV I do not own and have only inspected
the kit briefly in the box. (Authors note: I recently picked one up in a scratch & dent sale. Nice kit.)
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