M1114 Up-Armored HA Tactical Vehicle Sagged Wheel Set
The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV; colloquial: Humvee) is a family of light, four-wheel drive, military trucks and utility vehicles produced by AM General. It has largely supplanted the roles previously performed by the original jeep, and others such as the Vietnam War-era M151 jeep, the M561 "Gama Goat", their M718A1 and M792 ambulance versions, the Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle, and other light trucks. Primarily used by the United States military, it is also used by numerous other countries and organizations and even in civilian adaptations. The Humvee saw widespread use in the Gulf War of 1991, where it navigated the treacherous desert terrain; this usage helped to inspire civilian Hummer versions. The vehicle's original unarmored design was later seen to be inadequate. The vehicle was found to be particularly vulnerable to improvised explosive devices in the Iraq War. The U.S. hastily up-armored select models and replaced front-line units with the MRAP. The U.S. military sought to replace the vehicle in front-line service under the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program. In 2015 the Oshkosh L-ATV was selected for production.
I have wanted to add a 1/35th scale HUMVEE to my collection for a long time. I decided on the Bronco Models kit CB35092. This is my first Bronco Models kit and I was quite pleased with the contents of the box. The kit tires and wheels each are made up of three parts: the two side walls with integral rims and the outer tread. Nice, but i wanted resin replacements. The DEF Model set met my needs.
The resin parts are cast in a glacier blue resin and packaged in a small zip-lock bag. The bag, painting masks and instructions are all packaged in a small cardboard box. The casting blocks are relatively small and two of the tires/wheels have an "A" cast onto the block, two others have a "B", while a single tire has an "S". There is nothing that explains the "A", "B" and "S" identifiers, but it would appear that the "A" tires/wheels are the front tire, while "B" are the rear,s while the "S" is the spare. The "A" and "B" versions do have a slight bulging of the tire at the casting block, while the spare tire appears round
The instructions included with the resin wheels is a small, full-color sheet with instructions on one side on how to mask and paint the wheels and hubs. The flip side shows various DEF Model resin products in 1/35th and 1/72nd scale for aircraft and military vehicles.
This is not the first DEF Model resin product that I purchased and i was not disappointed on the quality or detail. I was very impressed with the parts. The proof will be how the resin parts fit the assembled model. I certainly recommend this product.
My thanks to my wife for allowing me to indulge in this hobby, and to my wallet for being open at the right time.