The Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) is a series of fourteen variants based on a common chassis with differing payloads and mission requirements. They consist of tactical wheeled vehicles based on a common truck cab, chassis, and internal components, plus two tactical trailers. The FMTVs, all automatic, come in 14 variations of 2.5-ton cargo and van models, and 5-ton cargo, tractor, van, wrecker, tanker and dump-truck models. Eighty percent commonality of parts — same engines, transmissions, drivelines, power trains, tires, cabs — in these new trucks is expected to save the Army millions of dollars in maintenance costs. Lighter-weight construction will cut fuel costs dramatically, too.
The vehicle’s cab-over design (with engine, fluids and hydraulics all accessible in one place under the cab) makes regular maintenance much easier. The FMTV family is built by the Stewart and Stevenson Services Company of Texas, and is based on the European Steyr design. FMTVs will eventually replace all M35 series 2.5 ton and M900 series 5 ton trucks currently in the inventory.
The M1078 LMTV Standard Cargo Truck is designed to transport cargo and soldiers. The M1078 has a payload capacity of 5,000 pounds (2.5-ton) and to facilitate loading/unloading, the bed side rails are mounted on hinges and can be lowered. The cargo bed is equipped with a bench seat kit for transport of soldiers. The bench seats are constructed from a non-wood material, and attach to the cargo bed side rails. The seats can be folded down and stowed when not in use. Soldiers are assisted in climbing in and out of the cargo bed area with the aid of a ladder stowed on the vehicle.
E.T. Model out of China has provided a PE update set for the Trumpeter M1078 LMTV kit. The set contains 2 PE frets and a small printed clear acetate sheet with the instrument faces on it.
The set looks to be very well-detailed, with fine bend lines and a nicely-etched instrument panel face. The Instructions are 2 full 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets and very well-detailed. Assembly of the parts looks straightforward with no complicated bends.
A bonus of the set is the inclusion of the Stewart and Stevenson grill badge that Trumpeter left off the model. Also included is a nice Bridge Classification placard for the front as well. The remainder of the set is to update the frame under the bed, internal boxes in the cab, and some finer details throughout the kit.
This small set is definitely recommended if you like to add that extra detail that was left out by Trumpeter.
Highs: A simple, small set that will add some great detail to your M1078.Lows: None noted. Verdict: Highly recommended. This is a great set to add some extra detail to your M1078.
About Gino P. Quintiliani (HeavyArty) FROM: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
Retired US Army Artillery Officer, currently a contractor at MacDill AFB in the Tampa, FL area. I have been modelling for the past 35+ years, really seriously on armor and large scale helos (1/32, 1/35) for the last 30 or so.