Trumpeter has released the M1082 trailer, which is a welcome addition to military vehicles and dioramas alike.
The kit includes over 180 parts on 5 sprues (1 clear), plus a small PE fret and a plastic string, likely to make tie downs for a tarp -which is not provided-. Decals are provided for two finishes: tri-color “european/Nato” and a sand/desert one.
Construction follows the typical breakdown of most vehicles, that is, it starts with the frame. Careful alignment of the parts at this stage will pay off latter. Construction them moves to the trailer bed itself and finally to the wheels (with tires provided in rubber). It also includes a trailer jack foot, which would allow the trailer to be shown on its own.
Surface detail is excellent all around, with rivets that would take a dry-brushing pretty well and all the ejection pins will be hidden after construction. Perhaps the only missing part would be to have added a tarp and a tarp frame (as shown in the cover), but that should be relatively easy to scratchbuild if so desired.
With good engineering and excellent surface detail this kit is highly recommended.
I would like to thanks Stevens International, Trumpeter and IPMS/USA for the review sample.