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Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 03:50 PM UTC
Dragon has added yet another surprising sensation to its range of 1/35 scale modern vehicle plastic kits. The beneficiary this time is an M727 Tracked Guided Missile Carrier.
his surface-to-air missile (SAM) system essentially mated an M754 guided missile launcher with an M548 tracked chassis to achieve high mobility. The MIM-23 missile is actually an acronym for Homing All-the-Way Killer.

The US Army introduced the missile in 1959. The M727 gave the US Army its first mobile medium-range SAM, with up to three missiles mounted on a swiveling launcher on the rear of the vehicle.

The Launch system can traverse through 360º, while the missiles can be elevated according to the modeler’s wish. Everything on the M727 is new-tooled, except the tracks, road wheels and lower hull are sourced from previous releases.

Even though the M727 Tracked Guided Missile Carrier had a relatively short lifespan, it deserves to be recognized in this the world’s first 1/35 scale plastic kit!
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Gents, Any difference between the US and the IDF version may I ask? Thanks in advance, Bill
OCT 08, 2017 - 07:10 AM
I assume this is the AFV Club kit?
OCT 08, 2017 - 04:34 PM
Doubt it considering the bad blood between those two. Interesting kit choice. Can a Leopard 2 in 1/35 be that far off now?
OCT 08, 2017 - 06:43 PM
AFV Club's is the towed version.
OCT 08, 2017 - 11:47 PM
Absolutely not. Not a single common part.
OCT 09, 2017 - 12:14 PM
There seemed to be two versions of vehicle+launcher configuration. The one represented in Dragon kit actually carried the towed trailer with wheels and support legs removed. So theoretically one should be able to throw away the Dragon launcher parts and replace them with AFV Club modified trailer/launcher. I'm not sure how this version fired, as it is not possible to lower the blast shield with the trailer on a vehicle... Actually in above photos the vehicle does not have the blast shield at all... Could such vehicle fire the missiles at all in any other direction than forward? Maybe it is just a museum concoction, not a real thing?... The other variant had a completely different launcher configuration with distinctive large support (?) "wheels" added at the rear of the vehicle. For launch the launcher module was moved to the rear (what allowed for lowering the blast shield) and support wheels were lowered to the ground. I start to think that Dragon kit is a not-existing-in-reality mix of features of both variants...
OCT 09, 2017 - 12:39 PM
Additional images The "box" is moved to the rear, overhanging the rear end of the load bed and allowing the shield to be raised into operating position. Transport configuration. The "box" is moved forward and tilted (to ride up over the stowed blast shield??) Israeli M727 in firing position: LINK I'll wait and hope that AFV-Club release a kit (they have the launcher and most of the carrier already ....) Youtube: LINK Shows the rear end without the "wheels" or was it reels for some type of cable? There are two "horns" on the tailgate which look like they were intended to rest on the ground and take some weight. Could this be the vehicle that Dragon has modelled? / Robin Edit: The other variant?
OCT 09, 2017 - 01:22 PM
Yes, that seems to be the base for Dragon kit (although they added blast shields, not present on that real vehicle), but I think it is either a museum concoction or some other Israeli "home made" thing. Note that there is no mechanism whatsoever to move the trailer body - it is just dumped on the bed of the vehicle... I don't see how this could be used operationally.
OCT 09, 2017 - 01:38 PM
Some prototype most likely.
OCT 09, 2017 - 01:49 PM
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