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M151A1 Kit

Academy 1/35 M151A1 Mutt w/Recoiless Rifle Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2005 Manufacturer Academy
Subject M151A1 Mutt w/Recoiless Rifle Scale 1/35
Kit Number 13003 Primary Media Styrene and rubber tires
Pros Nicely detailed kit of this multipurpose utility vehicle Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $16.00

First Look


In the early 1950s, the US Army began a competition to develop a replacement vehicle to the venerable M38 General Purpose (Jeep) vehicle. The Ford design was selected for production as the M151 Military Utility Tactical Truck (MUTT). The design featured independent suspension on all four wheels, selectable two- or four-wheel drive, and a quarter ton capacity.

Due to load problems on the rear suspension as the Army began mounting various weapons and ammo storage on the M151, an improved version was designed to support the various weapons loads. This version was designated as M151A1. One additional re-design of the rear end resulted in the M151A2 which improved the vehicle's stability.

As with the M38 that preceded it, the M151 is widely used in over 100 countries around the world. The M151 remained in all four branches of US military service until the M998 'Humvee' entered service in sufficient quantities.

This M151 Mutt is another beautiful Academy rendering, comprising four parts trees molded in dark green styrene, a separate Mutt body also in dark green, a clear styrene windshield, and rubber tires. All parts are flash free and also free of those annoying ejector pin marks in areas that would be visible after assembly. The only exception to this is the underside of the chassis/body which would have a few pin marks because it was cast without the usual tree around it. These pin marks are minor and will be easily removed.

As with the full-scale example, the chassis and body are one part. To this one part you'll be attaching a boatload of detail. Under the hood is a fourteen part flathead four-cylinder engine. The part count for the engine does not include the radiator, oil-bath air filter, brake reservoir and other details that are also included. About the only thing you can do to add any detail under the hood is add the ignition wiring, and radiator hoses. The detailing under the chassis is also complete with a detailed drive train and suspension system.

Unlike other Academy M151 releases, this M151A1 version is equipped with two rear seats for the recoiless rifle operators, a specialized gun pallet for the rear of the vehicle, a different radio installation, and ammo storage with six rounds and six round containers.

Decals are provided for two different M151A1s as they appeared in Vietnam in 1967.

As we said earlier, this kit is yet another example of Academy's attention to detail in its armor offerings. The kit is simple yet nicely detailed and will look great by itself or in a Vietnam era vignette or diorama.

This kit is highly recommended!

My sincere thanks to MRC for the review sample.