1⁄35The Much Maligned Italeri HMMWVs
M998 HMMWV Desert Patrol Hummer #249
The next kit Italeri produced was the M998 HMMWV Desert
Patrol Hummer kit number 249. This kit is a prototype of a ten man squad
carrier tested at the US Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin,
California. It was armed with an M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun.
Although it is an interesting variant, the vehicle was not put into
This model is the same basic kit as kit #247, the only difference being the
“B” sprue that provides the squared hard top roof of the model and weapons
station. There is also an additional clear part added for the rear window.
The model suffers from the same basic problems as the other Italeri HMMWVs
like lack of interior details, wipers, front bumper and wheels. Other
problems with this variant are the rear bumper and rear troop doors. On the
prototype, the tailgate is replaced by a pair of doors that go from the top
of the roof to the bottom of the cargo bed allowing easy entry into the
troop compartment. Since the kit utilizes the same lower chassis as all
Italeri HMMWVs, the tailgate remains in place and the troop doors go to the
top of the tailgate. Additionally, the kit is missing the rear bumper found
on the prototype. It is like the type fitted to the S250 carrier, ambulance
and prime mover variants. The cargo racks and straps that adorn the sides of
the prototype are also missing, and would require reshaping of the rear
sides of the hard top.
Strangely, even though the prototype was tested by and for the US Army at
the NTC, the decals depict a USMC vehicle.
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