1⁄35The Much Maligned Italeri HMMWVs
Special Forces Stinger Hummer #254
This kit is basically a plain Jane 2-door M1038 (M998
with a winch) with no rear troop seats, canvas roof or doors. The kit is one
of the better Italeri variants; it includes the ďBĒ pillar not found in any
other Italeri based kit. It also includes the rear door covers and folded
down seat backs to properly model a 2-door truck. The use of the winch
instead corrects the four-holed front bumper problem.
Being a soft top without the canvas top brings unique problems. For
instance, the plywood board that covers the interior between the driver and
passenger seats is missing. This detail is missing from all Italeri HMMWVs,
but since there is no top or doors on this one, it is more noticeable. This
item can be easily added with a piece of sheet styrene. Also missing are the
two rubber bumpers that are just inside of the windshield wiper pivot
points. These bumpers are only found on soft top HMMWVs (M998/1038) and keep
the windshield from rattling if it was tied down (rarely done). Also missing
is the two tie downs that are between the hood grill and the windshield
(also found on soft tops only) and the corresponding tie downs and straps on
the inside edge of the windshield frame.
A couple of omissions can be explained away. The interior cargo bulkhead is
missing. This is a thick aluminum insert that fits behind the driver and
front passenger seats. It is designed to keep cargo in the bed from sliding
forward into the crew compartment. This bulkhead is sometimes removed in
2-door vehicles. The missing radio rack can be attributed to no radio
because there is no antenna mount.
The front and hood grills on earlier Italeri kits represent the armored type
found on hard top HMMWVs. The armored front grill has metal louvers visible
through the grill; the soft topís grill has wire mesh visible. The top grill
of the hard top has narrow metal slats; the soft topís grill has wider slats
and is made out of fiberglass. The fiberglass grill on the actual vehicle is
sometimes replaced with the armored type because some units carry a roll of
concertina wire here. The fiberglass grill breaks under the weight and
movement of the roll of wire. The front grills can be drilled out and a
piece of mesh inserted from the inside.
The item that makes this HMMWV different from a regular one is the four
Stinger anti-aircraft missile mount. There are not any photographs available
of this Stinger mount so the accuracy canít be readily determined.
This is one of the few Italeri HMMWV kits that come with extras such as an
M-60 machine gun, M-16 rifles, ALICE packs, Kevlar helmets and 5 gallon fuel
cans. Decals depict a generic US Army HMMWV with no bumper numbers provided.
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