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Armored Jeep
Armored ľ Ton 4x4 Truck w/Bazookas
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by: Stefan Halter [ DANGEROO ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

Introduction

This is, to my knowledge, the third incarnation of the DML Jeep, the first being the SAS release from Cyberhobby, which was much criticized, the second being the armored jeep with .50 cal machine gun, which featured quite a few improvements and has been reviewed by Andy Renshaw here :

Armored Jeep.

There were many field modified armored jeeps, featuring .30 and .50 cal machine guns and the version represented here with two bazookas. One wonders why DML abandoned their practice to release 2 or even 3 in 1 kits, as this could have been the perfect candidate for a 3 in 1 kit. Maybe their next release will be an armored Jeep with .30 cal machine gun?

The Jeep represented here was a field modified variant, done by an I & R platoon of the 60th Infantry Regiment of the 9th Infantry Division. It was a simple conversion mounting two 2.35-inch bazookas on a .50 cal pedestal mount. The only two photos I know of were taken on 16 January 1945 in the Ardennes/Belgium. They can be found in Concordís ďThe Battle of the BulgeĒ, No. 7045 by Steven Zaloga, on page 62. You can also find them in this thread on Armorama:

Discussion Thread

Review

The box contains three gray sprues of parts with the chassis, the body and the windscreen separate. There is one small clear sprue, one PE fret and one decal sheet. Most of the sprues are the same as in the previous release so I will concentrate on the new bits for this review.

Sprue B contains all the parts for the chassis and is unchanged from the previous release. Several parts here are not used. Sprue C (black) is also carried over from the previous release and contains the wheels and front grille. The chassis and body are also carried over from the previous release without any noticeable changes.

Sprue A is unchanged as well. Attached to this is sprue C (blue) which is new for this release. As is evident when comparing to the previous release, the bazookas and the .50cal are on the same mold, so even more it makes me wonder why there was no 2 in 1 release here. The sprue contains the mount and the two bazookas. A slide mold was used here to make the bazookas' well detailed with an open muzzle.

The PE fret is new, though evidently based on the previous one. There are some additional parts but no changes to the old ones. This is especially evident for the armored shield. This should have a round cut out on co-driverís side which is not there, although it is on the box art, specifically mentioned on the back of the box and also indicated in the painting instructions, though not on the build instructions. Another item specifically pointed out on the back of the box is the attachment of the font armor plate to the side plates, as well as the noticeable gap between the plates, which would necessitate there being three separate parts. Altogether DML obviously have done the research on this part but have not carried it over to the kit.

Another obvious omission is the rifle rack mounted on the driverís side. From the reference photos I would say there was an M1 carbine mounted. DML have completely left out this part.

Other PE items are for the jerry can rack; a feature I really like and hopefully it will be carried over to other allied kits. Also new are straps to hold down the canvas frame, another nice feature.

The last new part is a canvas covered windscreen. While the canvas is very realistic, I donít like the lower end of the screen which instead of an opening is just flat and closed. While this is not too noticeable on this release since it will be on the side of the armored shield, It would have been better to use a slide mold here for someone who doesnít want to add the armor or for future releases.

The decal sheet is the same as the previous release with the exception of the vehicle registration number. A nice feature is all the dashboard gauges and information plates, which are all provided at least twice so you can use them on other kits as well.

conclusion

Altogether I agree with Andy that the basic Jeep is nice, though there are no significant advantages over the recent Bronco release unless you want to build this particular version. The relatively high price also makes the Tamiya Jeep still a very good option, the only significant disadvantage being that Tamiya has no PE.

To get an altogether accurate armored shield you will have to cut the armor plate apart to make three separate parts. You will also have to add a rifle rack to the driverís side.

SUMMARY
Highs: Some really nice PE parts, such as the jerry can rack, straps for tools and canvas hood frame.
Lows: Armored shield not accurate. Missing rifle rack. Price.
Verdict: Recommended to anyone wanting to build this particular version, though a little work is needed to get a truly accurate model.
Percentage Rating
80%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 6748
  Suggested Retail: 31.95 US$
  Related Link: DragonUSA Item Page
  PUBLISHED: Jan 13, 2013
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 84.62%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 86.19%

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About Stefan Halter (Dangeroo)
FROM: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

I'll build just about anything military related that gets my interest, though most of it is 1/35 scale WWII Allied.

Copyright ©2017 text by Stefan Halter [ DANGEROO ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of TankRat's. All rights reserved.


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Comments

nice review Stefan! Interesting with your observations of the discrepancies between the box CAD images (which come from their "poster") and what is actually in the box. I ran into the same thing when examining the Ostwind. Its a bit disappointing as you think youre getting one thing based on box CAD images (that has text like "accurate thing-a-ma-bob" or "details faithfully reproduced") then you realize opening the box that shortcuts were taken and you just forked over $30-50 for a rehash of old sprues. grrrr...
JAN 15, 2013 - 06:46 PM
Hey Stefan, real nice review. Can't ask for a better one really. I do question the company's thought of two separate kits which in reality would probably have sold better as a two in one. Bet even to odd money they will bite the bullet on these two. I would have been more prone to P/U if it was a two in one. The Tamiya jeep is still the better buy as far as I see it. To scratch build the armor plate and straps and the mounting post would be nothing to most of us. Yes, some fine decals but the cost is ridiculous. So when I look at this kit, I think, what is the advantage besides some P.E. and decals?
JAN 15, 2013 - 07:42 PM
Thanks for the comments guys. Yes, personally, if I was to build a Jeep I would give first considerations to the Tamiya for ease of build and the Bronco for details (though I've yet to see one in person). Just noticed that one pic slipped in there with a comparison to the Tamiya wheels. Was initially planning a comparison review to the Tamiya kit but decided against it. Don't know how that pic slipped in there... As soon as I get my hands on a Bronco Jeep I'm planning a triple comparison build feature. It's also a good excuse for another order from Hong Kong. Now to find more arguments for SWMBO... Cheers! Stefan
JAN 16, 2013 - 02:30 AM
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