ARM: REview - DML 1/72 Scale HMMWV M1045/6 TOW Vehicles

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor Pro Kit No. 7296;
HMMWV 1 + 1 Kit (M1045 TOW and M1046 TOW w/ASK); 152 parts (130 in grey
styrene, 12 in clear styrene, 8 in grey vinyl, 2 in etched brass);
price US $11.95
Advantages: the TOW versions of the Humm-V get the DML twin kit
treatment
Disadvantages: differences between variants hard to see; painting will
require care and forethought
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all "Hummer" fans and modern US modelers
DML continues with its "one plus one" - double - kit of the
HMMWV series with the M1045 or M1046 versions, better known as the TOW
carriers.
This one consists of the two base vehicles from Kit No. 7294 but with
all of the machine gun options removed from the sprues and in their
place two new sprue sets, one for the TOW launcher and turret mounting
and the other for the missile racks and stowage. The launcher is one of
DML's slide molded parts, so it is hollow all the way through. This
helps if you want to leave it unloaded, or a missile tube is provided
for loading it. Four spare tubes (six are shown on the rack ends, but
since only four will be seen, that's all you get) and the ground
mount round out the TOW parts.
The kit provides two different versions of the HMMWV, so the modeler
must pay close attention as it is difficult to tell them apart. The
basic M1025 body is identical to the M1045, e.g. without winch, other
than the internal bits for the TOW launcher and missile stowage. It has
more slots in the lower rock panel body moldings than the M1046 with
winch version fitted with ASK armor, so note that there are two body
styles. Each vehicle has a separate set of doors and windshields as
well. Most of the rest of the parts are interchangeable less the doors
and roofs.
The chassis is well detailed but only takes a few assemblies to
complete, and compliments go to DML's engineers for that work. Each
vehicle has a shifter and case selector lever as well as a SINCGARS
radio and KY-57 crypto box provided for it as well (part A13, one
assembly in the front seat area.)
Some things from the earlier kits have been corrected. Originally the
tailgate could be positioned opened or closed, but the "turtleback"
hatch above was fixed. Now that part is provided separately (D2) so the
interior can be displayed. However, the headlights still come as grey
styrene even though separate parts; I personally recommend replacing
them with MV Lenses or similar parts, but at least DML has been kind
enough to have the mounts pre-drilled for you.
The tires are in a grey vinyl type plastic, so they will have to be
painted. I do not have much experience with how well this works, but
there have been problems with DML vinyl tires on their 1/35 kits when
painted that appears to lead to cracking. However, given their recent
DS vinyl product, this may no longer be a problem.
Finishing options are provided for two vehicles in Iraq, both in
"Euro" tricolor, but the M1046 has sand color ASK upgrade parts.
Note that there are two decal sheets with this kit, one for the
missiles and one for the vehicle. Both are rather extensive for this
scale.
Overall these are nice appealing models that should compliment the
other DML kits for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review samples.
Cookie Sewell
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