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FMTV Update Set
Legend M1078 Late Conversion Set
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by: Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]

FMTV/LMTV History

The Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) is a series of fourteen variant vehicles based on a common chassis, which vary by payload and mission requirements. The Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles consists of tactical wheeled vehicles based on a common truck cab, chassis, and internal components and two tactical trailers. The FMTVs, all automatic, come in 14 variations of 2.5-ton cargo and van models and 5-ton cargo, tractor, van, wrecker, tanker and dump-truck models. Eighty percent commonality of parts — same engines, transmissions, drivelines, power trains, tires, cabs — in the new trucks is expected to save the Army millions of dollars in maintenance costs. Lighter-weight construction will cut fuel costs dramatically. The vehicle’s cab-over design — in which engine, fluids and hydraulics are all accessible in one place, under the cab — makes regular maintenance much easier.

The FMTV family is built by the Stewart and Stevenson Services Company of Texas. It is based on the European Steyr design. In October 1991, the Army awarded a 5-year contract, valued at $1.2 billion, to Stewart and Stevenson for the production of 10,843 vehicles. On August 20, 2012, Oshkosh announced it had delivered the 10,000th FMTV truck to the US Army. Recently, new FMTV trucks have been seen with a redesigned front grill and bumper than older models.

Review

Legends Productions provides this very nice resin set to update and add some details to the Trumpeter M1078 and M1083 FMTV kits. This small set adds a great deal of exterior details and updates the front and rear of the truck with the latest grill and bumpers. There are 19 resin parts, 2 medium-sized PE frets, a length of thin wire, and two metal rods in this set.

The parts include:
• Front bumper and grill
• Rear bumper and frame member
• 2 SINCGARS antennas bases and PE antenna mounts
• 1 hydraulic fluid reservoir
• 4 PE mud flaps
• 4 shackles
• 2 door handles
• PE bed support rails
• 6 resin marker lights
• Wire grab handles
• A Stewart and Stevenson label plate for the cab front
• Various smaller PE details applied around the truck
• A runner of 64 resin bolt heads

The myriad of parts are all crisply molded without any bubbles or air holes evident. The casting is top-notch, which is standard with Legends Productions sets. This set gives you all the extra detail parts to really bring your M1078 or M1083 to life. The duplicate parts are also nice in case the builder breaks a few or sacrifices them to the carpet monster along the way. The set is very complete and well detailed, adding parts that are either missing from the Trumpeter kit or are below par for details. The instructions are also very clear and come on a two-sided, glossy, full color page that easily shows how to assemble the clearly labeled parts.

Conclusion

This is a great set that will accent your FMTVs well. It has everything you need to add to the vehicle to bring it up to date. Legends Productions has another winner in this set. It is perfect for any FMTV from Iraq, Afghanistan, or currently seen on military bases and in training areas today.
SUMMARY
Highs: Sharply cast parts and nicely detailed PE.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: Another great set by Legend. It has everything you need to add details to and update your FMTV kit. A winner for Legend.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: LF1303
  Suggested Retail: $32.50 USD
  PUBLISHED: Nov 05, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.82%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.89%

Our Thanks to Legend Productions USA!
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About Gino P. Quintiliani (HeavyArty)
FROM: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

Retired US Army Artillery Officer, currently a contractor at MacDill AFB in the Tampa, FL area. I have been modelling for the past 35+ years, really seriously on armor and large scale helos (1/32, 1/35) for the last 30 or so.

Copyright ©2018 text by Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

Gino, thank you for this. This review tells me just what I needed to know, and this set is going to be a good buy for me.
NOV 13, 2015 - 07:16 PM
Unfortunatly, this set corrects only the exterior flaws. The interior is still untouched and needs more care. A new dashboard, better seats and the SINCGARS rack is required. Maybe Robert S. could point this out to Legend Productions?
NOV 13, 2015 - 09:39 PM
I didn't have anything to do with this one that I know of (I've sent Lee dozens of walkarounds with measurements over the years, so even I've forgotten what we might have talked about then) but I could easily help with an interior. The problem is always a financial question: How many people would actually upgrade an interior that in most cases you see little of? We meet twice a year, and only spend about 10% of the time talking about about modeling. Let's face it, Korea is ALWAYS an interesting place to be, especially when artillery fire is being exchanged. With softskins, I personally think what's in them or where they are is far more interesting than seeing if someone put the proper brake pedal in it, but again, that's just me. I think if you see what else is coming, you'll be happier anyway. For now, I'm anxious to put that M48A2C upgrade to use. THAT had my input for sure, and was done in just a few months. Edit: H-H: Fehlt mir gerade ein - Du hast bestimmt die moelichkeit ooch diese Karre to fotografieren, oder? Ick denke Du bist selbst mit'n paar Firmen beschaeftigt?
NOV 13, 2015 - 10:24 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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