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84mm Carl-Gustaf M3
84mm Carl-Gustaf M3 Multi-Role Weapons System
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]

Introduction

Legend Productions has dipped their toes and now jumped in the deep end when it comes to 1/35th scale small arms weapons systems. These small arms offerings are 3D scanned and then cast in resin in order to provide highly accurate representations for the modeller to satisfy their need for accurate and well detailed elements on their models or with their figures. The item I am looking at here from Legend Productions is the 84mm Carl-Gustaf M3 Multi-Role Weapons System and is one of four 84mm Carl-Gustav sets released so far.

The following portion of the introduction is from the SAAB.com website:
The Carl-Gustaf system is a true multi-role, man-portable shoulder-fired weapon.
A weapon's multi-role capacity can mean the difference between combat success and failure. The highly versatile Carl-Gustaf system is a true multi-role, man-portable shoulder-fired weapon. The system offers the soldier various types of ammunition, ranging from armour penetration and anti-personnel, to ammunition for built-up areas as well as special features like smoke and illumination. The M3 version of the launcher features significant weight reduction and improvements for urban operations.
From SAAB.com

Review

Legend Productions is on a role and has started to tackle the 84mm Carl-Gustaf weapons system as part of their 3D product line. There are four products thus far which are as follows:
LF3D065 Carl-Gustaf twin containers and ammunition set
LF3D066 84mm Carl-Gustaf M3 multi-role weapons system
LF3D067 - 84mm Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role weapons system
LF3D068 - 84mm Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role weapons system with cover

This offering provides four 84mm Carl-Gustaf M3 recoilless rifles in 1/35th scale. The product is all moulded in resin with the rifles being made up of five parts. I have examined these pieces under high magnification and could not see anything that caused me concern as regards the rifle parts, but I did find an air bubble in one of the supplied rounds. This can be tackled with filler or some prefer to use CA glue to remedy the issue.

The tube for want of a better word has a small recess at both ends, but these will need to be made deeper to improve the realistic look of the item. The firing handle is a separate part with a very good level of detail. The sight mount and sight itself are also separate parts and are again very well detailed, but care will need to be taken when putting these elements together to ensure correct alignment. Finally the front handle grip is the last element of the weapon.

Due to no instructions being provided and in order to remove the guesswork as to how these parts go together, I have added an image of the parts from Legend Productions website that makes it clear exactly what is what and where it goes. The four rounds included with this release cover 1 round from each of the four groups of weapons the 84mm Carl-Gustaf M3 can fire. The rounds provided in this release are:
HEAT 655cs Anti Armour
Smoke 469c - Support
HEDP 502 or HEDP 502rs Multi-Role Anti-Structure
HE 441 D or HE 441D rs Anti Personnel

Conclusion

The 84mm Carl-Gustaf M3 was a lighter version of the previous weapon and has now been superseded by the 84mm Carl-Gustaf M4 version which is an even lighter version of the weapons system. This version of the Carl-Gustaf is still in use around the world. I have included an image of the weapons system as a visual reference against what is provided and I cannot pick out any errors or omitted detail. My feeling is that this is an especially nice addition to the 3D line of man portable weapons and will add a nice large weapon for modern military dioramas or as extra weapons being carried on/in vehicles.


SUMMARY
Darren Baker takes a look at a new resin product from Legend Productions in their 3D range in the form of '84mm Carl-Gustaf M3 Multi-Role Weapons System'.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: LF3D066
  PUBLISHED: Jun 02, 2019
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.04%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.83%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

Here are some images of the built Carl Gustaf M3 and M4. Each launcher consists of four parts. The detail is great including an extremely small cast trigger. Hollowing out of the barrel and the tail is not difficult with appropriate bits.
JUL 26, 2019 - 07:22 AM
   

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