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1⁄35The Much Maligned Italeri HMMWVs
In the mid 1980s, the US Army replaced its aging
M151A1/A2 (a.k.a. “Jeep”) and its omnipresent, M416/M416A1 ¼ ton cargo
trailer, combination with the new M998-series High Mobility Multi-Purpose
Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) manufactured by AM General. Pronounced “Humvee” or
called “Hummer”, this vehicle became the Army’s workhorse and was put into
service in about a dozen variants, some differing only by the addition of a
winch for recovery operations.
In 1988, Italeri produced its first HMMWV model. It
was kit number 247 and called “M998 Hummer.” The kit was, in fact, an M966
Armored TOW (tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile) Carrier.
The nomenclature of the vehicle was not the only error the kit had.
Other short comings to the Italeri kit are simplified interior details such
as the driver and passenger seat assemblies and the missing heater. The
doors are given the option of being opened; however, the “B” pillar is not
included and would show if the doors were opened. Both the gunner’s hatch
and cargo hatch are molded closed with no option to pose them open. The
gunner’s hatch is also molded in reverse [thanks Marcel]. There is just an
empty shell inside the vehicle. Missing are the radio rack, gunner’s stand
and other storage racks common to a TOW HMMWV. Italeri omits the pioneer
tool rack that stores under the rear bumper.
Copyright ©2002 - Text and Photos by Robin Gronovius (sabot). All Rights Reserved.