I am going to expand this blog to cover any sets I am building for either a M1151 or M1167. This includes sets from both Legend and Peter Samofalov. Armorama sent me a couple of new sets that Peter Mastered for Legend. These new sets are LF3D008, BGM-71 TOW Set and LF3D009, MRAP TOW Turret set.
Set LF3D008, BGM-71 TOW Set is a complete dismounted TOW missile set that depicts the launcher on a tripod. The set includes enough parts to make two tripods, one folded for storage on a HMMWV like the legacy M966/M1036 or the version with additional armor on the doors like the M1045/M1046. If you have a Tamiya M1046 kit and one of their M1025 kits, you can use the parts from this set to build any of the above versions. The set also is necessary if you intend to do an M1167 since the earlier sets don’t have the tripod which the M1167 carries on the tailgate. Set LF3D009 is a turret similar to the one I reviewed earlier in this thread for the M1167, set LF3D007. This turret is intended to be used with a vehicle like an M-ATV, a MaxxPro or and RG-31/33. I have only seen photos and video of this turret in use on a MaxxPro. The turret in the set, like the earlier one for the M1167, allows the gunner to fire the TOW missile system from frontal arc cover and use a secondary weapon for self-defense. The secondary weapon in this case is an M240. The kits were again mastered for Legend by Peter Samofalov.
The Review: This will be a partial l build review of both kits. I say partial because the sight in both sets is exactly the same as the one from LF3D007 with one exception. Both new sets include two launcher tubes. One is loaded with a wire guided missile like the one in LF3D007 while the other launch tube includes one of the radio frequency controlled missiles with an insulating blanket on the motor section of the missile. These are two multi-media kits with parts in resin, brass wire and black insulated wire. The kits come packaged in Legend’s typical end opening card stock box with the parts in small zipper bags. The black boxes have photos of renderings of the two built kits. The kit contents come packaged in zipper bags.
LF3D008 BGM-71 TOW set
2 Brass Wire
1 Insulated Wire
LF3D009 MRAP TOW Turret set
2 Brass Wire
1 Insulated Wire
The instructions are typical of Legend, which consist of photos of the kits being assembled with arrows to the parts being added. They are not what you would call step-by-step instructions. Some of the photos are of renderings and not actual kit parts. This method leaves a lot to be desired. Parts placement is in some cases vague. I would recommend having a good set of photos of the real thing ready as you build. The parts breakdown is shown in an exploded view of the main assemblies that make up the sets. Those assemblies for the BGM-71 set are for the folded tripod, the deployed tripod and the TOW missile launcher. Those assemblies for the MRAP turret are the turret, the TOW missile launcher, the M240 and its mount. One nice thing that Legend did is to include wire that can be used to add wiring to the model. This is a nice touch.
The kits are cast in a light gray colored resin. The resin cuts and sands well. There are part numbers on the instructions but there are no numbers on the parts or on the pour blocks. All parts identification must be done by comparing the parts to the photos. There was no breakage and no parts were detached from their pour blocks. The pour blocks on most of the large parts are attached with numerous, large contact points that require very careful cleanup. The main sight from both sets, part #7 or part #32, has very delicate rib detail. The pour block on this part is attached along a face that has these ribs. I have no idea how this can be cleaned up preserving the detail. This part in both sets should have been broken down into more than one part. Another thing to note is that many of the flat parts have ribs that extend from the pour block along a flat face. These ribs are difficult to remove in most cases because they run close to required detail. The ribs are added by Legend to lessen any chance of warpage that may occur after the parts are removed from their molds. There are also numerous triangular ribs added to strengthen detail. Careful study of the real thing is the only way to guarantee you remove the correct material. There is no visible curvature to any of the parts. The smaller parts have small attachment points which should be easy to remove. There are large areas that need to be removed from the large openings. The main turret ring has a disc of resin over the opening that has no clear demarcation between the part and the disc. The disc attaches where the turret ring has fine toothed detail. It was impossible to tell how much material to remove and once removed the tooth detail is completely wiped out. There had to be a better way to add a disc to this part. This resin to be removed is not actually shown in the instructions. Again, you will need to carefully study photos of the real thing and built up models. There is a little flash on the openings of all of the small parts. In some cases this flash is thin and is easy to remove with a toothbrush.
Overall Detail: The detail on the kits are fantastic. It places the kits on par with the best on the market. The parts are smooth and blemish free. All detail is very sharp. Most details have a scale appearance. I say most, because I think the turret walls are far too thick. There are a few small details that are simplified. Most of these details are handled much like it would be on a plastic kit. I think that Legend could have added undercuts to some of this detail to improve its appearance.
The Parts for LF3D008:
This photo shows the launcher and sight parts which are common to LF3D007, LF3D008 and LF3D009:
This photo shows the two launch tubes which come with both sets LF3D008 and LF3D009.
The Parts for LF3D009:
That’s it for installment 6! Now comes the hard part... cleaning the pour plugs off of all of the parts. I will show the cleaned parts and the assembly of the tripods for set LF3D008 in the next installment.