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Armored 1/4 Ton 4x4 Truck w/Bazookas

DML 1/35 Armored 1/4 Ton 4x4 Truck w/Bazookas - Smart Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review November 2012 Manufacturer DML
Subject Armored 1/4 Ton 4x4 Truck w/Bazookas - Smart Kit Scale 1/35
Kit Number 6748 Primary Media 171 parts (127 in grey styrene, 40 etched brass, 4 clear styrene)
Pros New mold kit of a popular subject; makes good use of slide molding Cons Some shape problems; ejection pin marks on body; very high price for small kit
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $31.99

First Look

DML has now modified its "Armored 1/4 Ton 4 x 4 Truck" kit (a Willys MB to anyone not worried about copyright infringement and nasty comments from Chrysler) to mount a part of WWII bazookas on a special mount that replaces the M2HB mount of its predecessor (Kit No. 6714)

This kit retains all sprues from the previous version but now adds the bazookas and a new fret of etched brass. exchanges a number of sprues from the first kit for ones that more accurately represent the US model of the vehicle as a standard model. It comes with the back seat, top bows, and more of the details visible on the normal vehicle; this one also offers a folded windshield with a canvas cover as a new sprue. The body is slide molded with all but the rear plate in one go. There are some serious injection pin marks on the bottom of the body and under the fenders, but other than the fender wells I don't think most modelers will bother with removing them.

The frame is also one piece with all braces and the rear "bumperettes" molded in place. A so-so tow hook is also molded in place on the frame, but as the opening section of the military hitch is provided (part B45) as a separate part it will probably look better when assembled.

The drive line is typical of modern kits, axles with differentials and a separate differential cover, separate shock absorbers, steering links and a tie rod. The transfer case comes with the front drive shaft in place but the rear one is a separate part. The wheels are conventional front half with all tread/rear insert type (staggered tread pattern) and separate brake drums. Springs are the usual type, but the skid plate comes with the muffler attached (part B41). Note that hard-core Jeep fans noted the wheels on the first kits were not correct and had the wrong shapes to the dish portion; this one appears more accurate but I leave it to the fans to sort it out. Also it comes with a new grille, and the fans also noted the first "cutaway" one had the blackout lights in the wrong place. This one appears better but again I leave it to the faithful.

The engine consists of 15 parts and looks the part, and it comes with a separate radiator. This consists of three main parts, but it also has the headlights and blackout lights attached. These take clear lenses (for those who wish to use them) and must be installed before the radiator is mounted to the body. It also comes with an expansion tank (part B21) but no hoses are provided to connect them.

All seats have separate pads and backs, and the controls are very complete, to include pedals.

The bazookas that form the vehicle's armament consists of two parts each (slide-moulded tube and separate breech/guard ring section) with a welded-up field mount that fits on a standard machine gun pedestal mount.

The etched brass for this kit now appears to match the directions and shows somebody reread those for the machine gun equipped kit.

A nice box art painting by Ron Volstad gives a good view of the finished vehicle.

One painting and marking option is offered: 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, Ardennes 1945(OD with no stars and USA W2046010-S registration number). A "number jungle" sheet of Cartograf decals is provided for the latter.   

Overall this is not a bad kit and the better attention paid to the directions is a good sign. With the specialized armament package and etched brass armor it is becoming a better value than the previous two kits.

Thanks to Freddie Leung of Dragon Models USA for the review sample.

Sprue Layout:

  • A 1 Body
  • A 17 1/4 Ton Truck - rear seat, bows, hood, jerry can
  • B 1 Underframe
  • B 75 Undercarriage, seats, hood, engine
  • C 21 1/4 Ton Truck - wheels, tires, brake drums, grille
  • C 11 Twin bazookas with vehicle mount
  • D 4 Clear styrene
  • Y 1 Windshield with canvas cover
  • MA 40 Etched brass