Blast Models 1/35 Accessories for the OIF Hummer First Look
|Date of Review||August 2005||Manufacturer||Blast Models|
|Subject||Accessories for the OIF Hummer||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||35051||Primary Media||Resin|
|Pros||Absolutely gorgeous resin castings,excellent instructions||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (Euro)||€12.54 (Approx $15.45 USD)|
Blast Models of France has released several detail sets targeted for the recent Tamiya Hummer kit. This set in particular is a provides typical stowage for troops on the move.
Each of these castings is very nicely done with detail presented everywhere that will be visible. Take the stowage on the rear deck of the vehicle. The single casting has the vertical retaining wall that was added to the rear of the vehicle's slanted deck. This area has been loaded with personal packs and supplies.
Another interesting casting is a loop of barbed wire wrapped up and stowed on the hood. A rack is mounted on the rear tailgate to carry water and fuel cans.
The set is rounded out with a detailed telescopic antenna mount, spare tire, and half-height passenger doors used prior to the up-armored vehicle configurations This set is really one of four detail sets for the Hummer to bring it up to contemporary OIF configuration, 1) the armored door set, 2) the new tires and wheels, 3) the detailed turret ring, and 4) the equipment external stowage set.
From what I could tell, the best (and perhaps only) way to obtain Blast Models' products was directly from them. A visit to their website at www.blast-models.com revealed that Blast Models is an interesting online hobby shop that sells a variety of products over and above their own product line. The site is multilingual and very easy to navigate. I ordered this set and my order arrived via airmail a week or so later.
If you've been looking for a way to bring your Tamiya kit up to OIF/OEF standards, here is what you're looking for. This set is recommended!