MM115A with figures
is one of the first kits I bought when I got back into modeling in 1990. Even
then it was old and had been eclipsed by the jeep and trailer set from Italeri.
1970s molding comes from "back in the day" when Tamiya shipped sprues
to the USA, where Model Rectifier Corporation (MRC) packaged them for the domestic
market. Some boxings included separate figure sets with the vehicles, such as
seen in the MM11A box above. The other novelty of MRC boxing was being able to
read the side panels of the boxes in English.
was one of those weekend kits I used to enjoy. Build on Saturday. Paint on Sunday.
Decals on Wednesday. (Then came weathering on Saturday. And then photoetch had
to come after Saturday, but before painting that used to be on Sunday, but now
might be in the middle of the week or the next weekend. If I'm not doing research.
Or waiting for that upgrade set to arrive.)
jeep was offered with four integral figures, three manning the vehicle and one
standing and presumably giving directions ("Them krauts is just around da
corner."). The figures were a little more substantial in size (thicker, not
taller) than the additional set of "fighting men" from kit 35013. I
think I'd already gotten these four extra figures as they were separately boxed,
and used these for conversions, as there was not much on the market back in 1990.
jeep itself was much better than its chief rival, Monogram's offering with the
37mm anti-tank gun, which was scaled at 1/32. Tamiya included an engine, a pedestal
mounted .50 machine gun, and the option of an extended canvas roof. The 1/4 ton
trailer was very similar to Italeri's. There were some additional accessories
to fill up the trailer, including a 60mm mortar, jerry cans, cable reels, tarps,
and a box. There was also some generic radio that was probably based on a post-war
type. The decals gave a wide range of options, including military police markings
that could be used with three of the four unit designations, and medical markings
for two designations.
the quality was acceptable for the time, but the jeep looks chunky today, certainly
without the finesse of Tamiya's 1997 product.
you see one of these on the shelves or eBay, its real value is as a youngster's
project, collector's item, or pure nostalgia. For serious modeling, look for Tamiya's
later version, or Italeri's if you want a trailer.