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Coleman MB4 w/Towbar 1/48 Coleman MB4 w/Towbar Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2014 Manufacturer
Subject Coleman MB4 w/Towbar Scale 1/48
Kit Number 130448 Primary Media Resin
Pros Easy build, nice details Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (Euro) 28.00€

First Look is back with a nice kit that can be built on its own or as part of a diorama or vignette of your choice. This is the Coleman MB4 tow tractor which was used by the US Air Force to move a variety of aircraft types including the F-100 and F-4 in Southeast Asia as well as the F-111, F-15, and F-16 in Europe to B-1 and SR-71 in CONUS. These MB4 tow tractors were a common feature on any USAF flightline around the world during the 1960s and 1970s, and those that remained in service a little longer were repainted in tactical green versus safety yellow.

Coleman MB4 w/Towbar

Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Detailed chassis and suspension
  • Nice cab
  • Jigs included to bend wire for the rear handrails
  • Detailed heavy tow bar
  • Decals included
  • Die-cut acetate windows also included

This is a nice addition to any scale flightline and will provide even more realism parked near your Academy F-4C or other favorite USAF subject.

You can find out more about this kit and their other upcoming offerings here:

My sincere thanks to for this review sample!