1⁄35The Much Maligned Italeri HMMWVs
Revell of Germany re-boxed the Italeri kit with new
parts for the 2-door and cargo compartment. The Revell of Germany kits
verify the existence of a third, intermediate modified mold. The molds used
have the newer modifications with the six oval indents on the chassis sides
and the soft-top type hood grill. The chassis is missing the crew
compartment air vent grill on the right side though.
The M998 in this configuration is the typical “First
Sergeant” variant. Many of these savvy senior NCOs have since added the rear
canvas cover or built some type of plywood cover on the cargo compartment.
The soft-top and troop seats are nicely done and even include the metal
cargo bulkhead. This part is molded with the back of the soft-top cover and
the “B” pillar is not included, so a topless variant can’t be built
out-of-box. Also missing is the troop strap that runs along the rear of the
cargo compartment and antennas (Top’s gotta have comms!). The kit does
include the correct three-holed bumper and an optional brush guard. There
are four decal options, all for USAREUR vehicles in the 3-color NATO
The M1038 is a better deal than the M998 kit. The M1038 comes with both the cargo cover and the troop seats. It does not include the 3-holed bumper and brush guard of the M998 kit. Instead, it includes an antenna and mount as well as the recovery winch. As with the M998 kit, the M1038 kit includes four decal options for USAREUR vehicles in the 1990s. The vehicle pictured above is the exact HMMWV that I was assigned while an observer/controller (OC) during REFORGER 90, the great “Nerf Ball War”. The white sign with “16” was my umpire team.
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