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LUM-168 Camel

Hasegawa 1/20 LUM-168 Camel Maschinen Krieger Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review May 2013 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject LUM-168 Camel Maschinen Krieger Scale 1/20
Kit Number 64006 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Easy build, nice details Cons  
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $134.99

First Look

LUM-168 Camel
LUM-168 Camel
LUM-168 Camel
LUM-168 Camel

According to Wikipedia: "The story is set 880 years in the future. Events primarily take place between the years 2882 and 2886. A nuclear World War in 2807 destroys most of Earth's population, and renders the planet uninhabitable. About 50 years after the destruction, the Galactic Federation (details unknown) sent an investigative team to determine the condition of the planet. They discover the planet has restored itself to a natural paradise and begin the process of sending colonists to populate Earth. The colonists prospered on the reborn Earth. Cities and towns are eventually reformed, but this growth attracts the attention of criminals, AWOL soldiers, political criminals, mercenaries, terrorists, and other people who had decided to leave civilized society, who began to make their way back to Earth as a suitable place for refuge. The Colonists had no real form of government to deal with the problem other than a few local militias.

The GF, concerned about the civil unrest and the Colonists forming their own independent government, gave the Strahl Democratic Republic (SDR) the right to govern the planet. The SDR's hard handed tactics to restore order; travel restrictions, hard labor camps for the unemployed, etc., created great resentment amongst the Colonists. The Colonists create the Earth Independent Provisional Government and declare independence from the Strahl Republic. The SDR immediately forms a puppet government and attempts to quell the uprising. The wealthy Colonists hire the mercenaries to form the Independent Mercenary Army. They attack the SDR forces and the war for independence and the control of the Earth begins."

I remember seeing various armored suit kits in the past for the series 'Maschinen Krieger' (Ma.K) but they were usually from specialty hobby companies, but when Hasegawa threw their hat into this ring, it was time to take a closer look. Their first entry into the Ma.K series was Falke that is a subsonic raider that features an anti-gravity lift system and a more conventional forward thrust propusion system. This kit was popular in 1/20 scale and more subjects followed.

In this release, we have a special reconnaissance manned rover designed for lunar operations called the LUM-168 Camel. This kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on four parts trees plus one tree of silver-gray styrene, one tree of dark gray styrene, two trees of black vinyl parts, and one tree with the tinted transparent canopy.

Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Detailed sensor head
  • Legs are movable/poseable
  • Detailed aft avionics bay
  • Nice main rocket engine bell

Whether you're a follower of the MaK series or are simply wanting an unusual subject to build, this kit will provide you with a variety of possibilities for fun or placed into a diorama or vignette. Have some fun and give one of these beauties a try!

My sincere thanks to Hasegawa USA for this review sample!

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