ARM: Review - DML 1/35 scale Quad Gun Trailer M55

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited =9139-=9145 Series Kit No. 6421; Quad
Gun Trailer M55; 130 parts (119 in grey styrene, 10 clear styrene, 1
etched brass); retail price US$19.95
Advantages: nice way to pick up the excellent Maxson quad turret for
other projects
Disadvantages: choice of the airborne M55 trailer vice the M45 four-
wheel trailer limits options
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all =93Duck Hunters=94 and conversion fans
DML saw fit last year to provide us with a nicely done new mold M16
MGMC antiaircraft halftrack with a very beautiful Maxson powered
turret with four .50 caliber M2HB machine guns, and for those who
wanted that turret for conversion purposes now offers it as a separate
kit with the lightweight M55 airborne trailer.
The Maxson turret is a real gem, consisting of 75 parts with a clear
sight and an extra seven-piece gunner figure tailor-made for the
mount. Each machine gun is =93slide molded=94 and offers an open ammo feed
door option and spare canister magazines. The mount also comes with
the batteries and =93donkey=94 engine for electric power.
The trailer is petite and nicely done, with the small rubber tires
portrayed by two-piece moldings with a tire and center on one side and
a separate center on the other so seams are minimized. It even
includes separate reflectors and a nice taillight.
Unfortunately the M55 was not a high use item, as it was too fragile
for long-distance movement and was originally designed for airborne
use with short-range movement provided by a jeep. As such, those used
tended to be semi-fixed emplacements where the trailer was used to tow
it into position and park it. DML should have made the kit of the
larger M45 four-wheel general purpose trailer which was also used for
items like generators and searchlights, as they could have both gotten
more kits out of that trailer as well as a universal mount which
appears to have been used into Korea.
Finishing directions show basically little more than a choice between
OD or OD with white squiggles for use during the Battle of the Bulge.
Two choices of ammo can decals (white or yellow) are provided on a
sheet from Cartograf.
Overall, this is a nice kit and for those who want to make Vietnam
era conversions a cheaper way to get this nice turret for those
projects, but the bigger trailer would have been a better choice.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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