ARM: Review - ICM 1/35 scale Soviet Maxim Machine Gun (1941)

Kit Review: ICM 1/35 scale Kit No. 35676; Soviet Maxim Machine Gun (1941);
25 parts in light tan styrene; retail price US$15.99
Advantages: nice, petite clean kit of this iconic weapon
Disadvantages: very expensive for a single machine gun
Rating: Highly Recommended
When Sir Hiram Maxim created the world's first self-loading and firing mac
hine gun in 1885, like Richard Jordan Gatling before him he thought that th
e weapon would make future wars seem futile and help prevent them. But inst
ead he wound up creating one of the greatest battlefield killing machines o
f all time and one which changed the entire face of tactical operations in
the First World War.
While all countries used the basic design of the weapon - blowback operati
on that ejected spent cartridges, stripped and loaded a new one, and then f
ired it as long as the trigger was depressed - most adapted the design to t
heir own needs. The Russians began producing one in their chosen 7.62 x 54R
cartridge caliber starting in 1910. This was a water-cooled weapon and thu
s needed a water supply for sustained firing.
The gun remained in service for quite some time, and thousands of them ser
ved in WWII with some modifications to the basic weapon. This kit follows o
n the Model 1910 (Kit No. 35674) but replaces the earlier gun with the upda
ted one.
Construction is pretty straightforward with the gun itself consisting of s
even parts and the remainder providing the unique wheeled carriage and a si
ngle ammunition box with belt. No water can or hose is provided for the kit
, which for its high price is pretty disappointing.
The carriage may be assembled in either towing position with the handle ex
tended (parts A10/11) or folded underneath the gun for stability (A8/13).

Finishing is simple - the gun is protective green and the details are in g
Overall this is a nice single piece but the price is very high for a singl
e small weapon.
Cookie Sewell
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