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M1114 FRAG 5 w/GPK Turret

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Introduction
This release from T-Model (aka Termin Molds), another variant of the M1114, utilises all of the sprues from their first and second kits, but with three new sprues, and an expanded etched metal sheet. It features the same Gunner Protection Kit (GPK) turret as the second kit, but this time we get all new doors representing the FRAG 5 protection kit. There are also two CREW Duke system antennae on small sprues, and an accessories sprue of weapons / jerry can / storage boxes that is also available as a separate item from T-Model.

While researching this project, I didnít come across a single photo of an M1114 with this exact configuration of FRAG 5 doors, GPK turret, and twin CREW devices. On FRAG 5 fitted examples, the OGPK seems more common, and perhaps having already covered the GPK turret in the second offering, it might have made more sense to provide the OGPK with this one, but perhaps that is in the future. Something I picked up from studying photos of HMMWVs however, is that there is an almost endless variety of configurations, and I wonít say that this set up never existed.

So having done a mostly built but unpainted review of the first kit, (TM-7201 M1114 HMMWV review) and an in box review of the second (TM-7202 M1114 HMMWV w/GPK review), I thought Iíd better take this third offering all the way. I hoped to save time with the build by starting from where I got to with the first kit, though Iímm not sure it turned out that way. This was through no fault of the kit though, just me confusing myself by having three similar boxes open at the same time and not paying enough attentionÖ
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About the Author

About Matthew Lenton (firstcircle)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM

Earliest model memory is a Super Sabre my grandmother bought for me around 1972. Have always dabbled in painting and making things, and rediscovered doing that with plastic in 2008. Vowed then to complete the 30 year old stash, and have made some progress. Hobby goes hand in hand with BBC Radio 3...


Comments

WOW, that's an amazing model.
MAR 25, 2018 - 02:51 AM
The model looks great, thanks for the very thorough build review Matthew. I like the braille scale Humvees from T-Molds, and with all the reviews I have found on-line, it seems the kits are mastered well. My only gripe is with the interior, which looks pretty basic, and the tires. I did notice an aftermarket set of resin tires which should help, but as far as I know there is no aftermarket update for the interior. I do wonder how much of the interior is visible on such a tiny model though... Mario
MAR 25, 2018 - 02:53 AM
There should be an extendable platform for the gunner between the seats. And there should be a small shelf on the center dashboard holding a radio set and computer screen and keyboard.
MAR 25, 2018 - 04:25 AM
Yes, I agree about the interior details being basic, and my comment about decals being the only thing missing should have included these points (I had them in mind... then they slipped away again) I think the gunner step is the most obvious because it would be visible directly underneath the turret ring if the hatch is open. It would probably be quite easy to scratch as I think it is basically a box with a ridged top surface, like the floor, but it would have been good if it had been added to the additional sprue with the CREW antennae. In answer to Mario's question about what is visible through the windows when all the doors are shut - not a lot, other what can be seen through the turret hatch, which is not much at all. It's a different story if you wanted to have any of the doors open. The interior door details are quite good, but as you correctly point out, the rest is quite simple. The comms / data gear that should be in the front would also have been a nice addition to the new sprue. The seats themselves are also a little basic. With all the doors shut however, it's not a big issue. Regarding the wheels, for me they are only a problem from the point of view of buildability, but I think T-Model have pretty much acknowledged this, and even themselves posted a link to an aftermarket set of resin wheels by ScissorHandz, although I'm not sure of their availability outside of Asia.
MAR 25, 2018 - 06:40 PM
@Matthew; I'm struggling through my M1114 - If you had suggested "over-engineering" I would not disagree. I notice you did not use the concerntina-fold PE piece on the rear hood (bonnet). I found that piece impossible so I made one out of styrene strip- then discovered it is an optional part. On further M1114's I'll just discard it altogether. Don't particularly like the clear grill just for the sake of two molded-in headlight lenses. Would have preferred a solid-color grill with holes for separate clear lenses. Complicates painting with extra masking. Still, I would take this one over Revell's any day.
MAR 26, 2018 - 04:13 AM
Perhaps an aftermarket company would tackle the lack of interior details. I tried to find more about Scissor Handz, but no luck... hopefully some of the international on-line vendors would pick up their line. Anyway, back to the subject... I really like the Termin Molds model, it looks really good and your version did it justice. I don't usually do 1/72, but the Humvee is a very interesting subject for me and I might just take my chance with the braille scale. I wonder if the company is considering making more Humvee versions; GMV and other Special Ops versions comes to mind. Mario
MAR 26, 2018 - 12:30 PM
Great build up and love the colour choice.
MAR 26, 2018 - 07:00 PM
Biggles, I felt that the PE enhancements, while they improve the look of the kit, do take it to another level of fiddliness, and as I recall from when building the first kit, there are a few other stressful moments, such as the steering wheel, which seemed more complicated than necessary, and certainly that is true of the wheels. That concertina piece, the Combat Identification Panel - yes, in the text I said that the same thing happened to me, I have literally no idea how to use that piece, without a special former perhaps, but note that there is a plastic one on the accessories sprue, but it is framed, so I think it's to be hung on a door. Apparently these devices have a thermal signature that is different from the vehicle, I think the ridging is to keep them cool; it is supposed to make the vehicle recognisable to any pilots considering destroying them. Definitely optional, they seem to just tie or hang in place, I think they were used at the start of the Iraq war. Also agree, clear headlamp unit makes it tricky to paint, as I pointed out, the instructions don't take account of the need to paint what is behind it, but then most kit instructions don't, I guess. I didn't get it masked 100% accurately, but found that a blob of masking fluid was a lot easier than trying to cut a circle of tape that small. Hope this feature proves of some help however, and looking forward to seeing yours done. Don't forget those joins on the rear side to upper panel. Mario, I think T-Model is planning even more variants, going by the fact that on the new sprue K there is a so far unused turret ring (8), and rear tail plate (3), and then you have already seen the CROWS II device they have designed, I wonder if that will go with the turret, and I am guessing there may also be an OGPK variant. Thanks for the comps, Alex, Dave and Peter, it is appreciated.
MAR 26, 2018 - 07:06 PM
Excellent build and finish indeed. I love it.
MAR 30, 2018 - 05:11 AM
Your right on saying there is different configurations of the 1114. From what Iíve seen is that it is crew dependent and they decided what they wanted to add to there own 1114. Not one was exactly the same. One had either the duke and the worlock or one had both or didnít have either and had the bullet directional indicator.
APR 28, 2018 - 03:25 AM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
Thanks.