by: Jim Starkweather [ ]
These U.S. Special Forces GMV/Humvees have seen quite a bit of action in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past decade. And after looking through numerous photos of them online, one thing seems very clear; there is no one standard configuration for a vehicle of this type. By configuration I am speaking about doors (attached/removed), weapons, gear, etc. So for this conversion kit there is still a lot for the modeler to decide how they want their finished model to look like. Most of these choices will likely come down to weapons. The conversion kit comes with several options that we will outline below, but there are likely other options as well that are not included with Legend's upgrade kit.
The KitFor modifying such a small/medium vehicle, this is really a massive conversion kit. Besides the 1/4 pound (112g) of small resin parts there are (4) photo etch sheets, a lead sheet, a plexi sheet, a decal sheet, copper wire, and brass wire. The weapons choices are a set (2) of SAW M249 machine guns, a 50 caliber mg (for the roof mount), and an M134 mini-gun. The placement of the M134 is a bit of a mystery. I assume it would be roof mounted, but the instructions and photos only show the 50 cal in that location. Also on hand is a M72 LAW and (2) AT-4's with decals.
Details include things like a P/E ammo rack for the roof, sagged tires, rear gas cans and rack, roof underside details, smoke dischargers, windshield wipers, and much more. Check out the photos for more info and details.
ConclusionsNot being a Humvee or Special Forces expert, I am not going to even talk about kit accuracy here. However I think there is ample info and reference material on the Internet for any modeler to use this kit to maximum advantage. The cost is going to put some modelers off. We saw prices ranging from $80 (USD) to $120 so check carefully when pricing online. There may be better (or worse) bargains out there but keep in mind this set has a lot of parts to really enhance a low priced kit (we found an Academy kit for as little as $10) into a real unique show piece. And for some modelers that is worth the cash outlay. It doesn't hurt that this conversion looks really cool and menacing fully decked out.