Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003
scale M1025 Humvee is available online from Squadron.com
This project started as present for my son after his return from
I wanted to build the Hummer that he rode on during the last part of
the war. After asking him several questions concerning his vehicle I
started looking for the best kits to buy. Fortunately for me Tamiya and
DML had recent releases that made my job a lot easier.
My son’s Hummer was in the NATO tri-color camouflage with a 7.62mm M240G
machinegun mounted on top. The unit markings were hand painted in the
field and represent 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Headquarters
Company, Supply Platoon.
The new 1/35 scale Tamiya M1025 kit is very accurate when compared to
photographs that my son provided me, however it did not come with the
M240G. The other problem is the figures provided in the kit have the
body armor used in Desert Storm, not the Interceptor vest used by the
These problems were solved by using parts from Dragon’s Modern U.S.
The Dragon U.S. Modern Marines kit comes with four figures and more
weapons than I think any infantry fire team could carry. Not only did
this set include the M240G that I needed for the Hummer, but it also
comes with an assortment of Soviet type weapons.
I used a combination of Tamiya and Dragon parts for both crewmen in
the HUMVEE in order to get the correct vest and pose that I wanted. The
rest of the figures are pretty much straight from the box and represent
a Marine fire team on patrol.
The one thing that worried me the most about making these figures was
how to simulate the camouflage netting on the helmets. This was
something that was mandatory for everyone in the 1st Bn., 5th Marines.
The solution to this was to crumple aluminum foil, then carefully unfold
it to create the needed texture. Super glued to the helmets and then
painted, it proved to be a very good representation of the real thing.
The hardest thing to find in an accessory kit seems to be the
camouflage net bag and it’s associated pole bag. After looking at
several different kits I found the new Tamyia Modern U.S. Military
Equipment Set. This kit comes with a bag marked “Tarpaulin”, that looks
a lot like the camouflage netting bag and one marked “Tent” that is a
dead ringer for the pole bag. It also has MRE’s, ALICE packs, ammo cans,
and other gear needed for the modern vehicles, except maybe Marine
vehicles. You see the Marines no longer use the ALICE packs, they now
use the MOLLIE packs. This is a modular system that can be modified for
the individual or mission. The radio in the diorama is being carried in
a patrol pack and the packs on the front of the vehicle are modified
ALICE packs made to look like MOLLIE packs with the sleeping bag carrier
attached to the bottom and the sleeping pad tied to the outside.
This was a challenging project, and a fun one. I just hope that I can
learn to use my newly purchased camera good enough to share more of my
models with you.
Kits used 1/35 scale
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