ARM: 1/35 scale US Fire Support and Accessories

Kit Review: (Dragon Models Limited) 1/35 scale Upgrade
Package Kit No. 3879; U.S. Army Fire Support and Accessories; 72 parts
in grey styrene; retail price US$8.95
Advantages: weapons sprues from recent kits permit upgrading older DML
or other manufacturers=92 kits; good selection and reasonable numbers
make for a good mix
Disadvantages: some complaints about recent DML kits not providing
these weapons with the kit
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all US or Allied modelers
Recent DML M4 medium tank kits, both US and Commonwealth versions,
have caused a bit of disappointment as they did not come with either
an M2HB .50 caliber machine gun and mount or in lieu of that an
M1919A4 .30 caliber machine gun and mount. Modelers with rather skimpy
or threadbare parts chests may rejoice here as now DML=92s cyber- affiliate is releasing a weapons set to compliment their
other kits.
Basically composed of the =93weapons=94 or J sprue from the M2 and M3
halftrack kits and the weapons sprue from Kit No. 6198, US Army
Support Weapons Teams, it provides the following weapons and mounts: 1
x M2HB machine gun with =93slide molded=94 bore, 1 x M2HB machine gun with
=93you drill it=94 bore, 1 x .50 caliber vehicle mount, 1 x open .50
caliber tripod, l x closed .50 caliber tripod, 2 x .50 caliber ammo
boxes, 1 x .50 caliber belt, 1 x 57mm recoilless rifle, 1 x 57mm
round, 1 x 60mm mortar, 3 x 60mm mortar bombs, 2 x M1919A4 machine
guns with =93slide molded=94 bores, 1 x M1919A4 with a =93you drill it=94
bore, 1 x open .30 caliber tripod, 1 x folded .30 caliber tripod, 1 x .
30 caliber ammo belt, 2 x .30 caliber rocker mounts, 2 x .30 caliber
ammo boxes, and an axe, shovel and pick.
This set thus gives the modeler a state-of-the-art .50 caliber for
the DML kits that are missing one or a .30 caliber for the
Commonwealth tanks, or upgrades of extra weapons for any other
American armed vehicle. The parts are well chosen to provide the
largest possible amount of flexibility and use to the modeler.
Overall, while some may argue that DML should have included a weapons
sprue with several of its recent kits, this upgrade set does permit
modelers to provide better weaponry to older DML or other
manufacturers=92 kits for a reasonable amount.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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