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TOW Missile Rack
TOW Missile Rack Set (LF3D006)
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by: Eric Buchanan [ WXEROCK ]

Introduction:

The M1167 is a TOW Missile Carrier currently in use by the US. Based on the Expanded Capacity M1151 HMMWV, the M1167 is an evolution of the M966, the original HMMWV that mounted a TOW missile launcher on its roof using the same hatch and ring setup as the armament carrier HMMWV such as the M1025.

Legend Production’s TOW Missile Rack set (LF3D006) contains almost everything required to convert the interior of Academy’s M1151 (kit 13415), into the interior an M1167. This kit is meant to be combined with LF3D007, which is the TOW Missile turret for the M1167. The kit was mastered by Peter Samofalov who is known for his past work with Live Resin and from his storefront on Shapeways. The kit is the result of a collaboration between Peter and Legend to produce a line of 3D mastered figures and conversions. The battery and charger components are an evolution of those parts that Peter sells on Shapeways.

Review:

This will be a full build review of the multimedia kit. There are parts in resin and photo etched brass. The kit comes packaged in Legend’s typical end opening card stock box with the parts in small zipper bags. The black box has a photo of a rendering of the kit. The kit contents come packaged in zipper bags.

Breakdown:
13 Resin parts
2 Photo Etch parts

Instructions:
The instructions are typical of Legend. There is a single sheet of glossy, 4.125” by 5.75” magazine like paper. The missile rack instructions show a single exploded view and three renderings of the assembled missile rack.

Parts:
The missile rack kit comes with the rack, six missile tubes in two varieties, a Lithium Ion battery box, a vehicle mounted battery charger, and a storage mount for the cabin floor for the main traversing unit. The kit is cast in a light gray colored resin. The resin cuts and sands well. There are part numbers on the instructions but there are no numbers on the parts or on the pour blocks. All parts identification must be done by comparing the parts to the photos. There was no breakage and no parts were detached from their pour blocks. The pour blocks on the parts are attached with numerous, large contact points that require very careful cleanup. The mount for the main traversing unit has a large block of resin that is meant to be left on the part. I assume you are meant to paint it black so it isn’t seen. With some work I was able to carve it out. I think this gives a better appearance if the vehicle doors are left open. The kit represents the complex shape of the rack very well. The other elements match very well with photos of the real items.

Detail:
The detail on the kit is fantastic. It places the kit on par with the best on the market. There are small cooling bumps on the side of the battery charger that I can barely see with my Optivisor. It really must see seen to be believed. The parts are smooth and blemish free. The details all have a scale appearance. The rendering on the box shows a storage configuration that is not used in an M1167. I am not sure what vehicle uses it but I imagine it might be used in an MRAP. There are additional renderings on the Legend website that show the mostly correct setup for the interior of an M1167. Looking at photos of a missile rack installed in an M1167 shows that a frame is part of the bottom of the rack. This frame is then bolted to the floor of the cargo area. Legend doesn’t model this frame on the bottom of the rack so if you’re a stickler for detail it can be easily added. There is a rack mounted to the cargo area floor forward of the missile rack. This rack is not included in the kit. Markings on the floor in this area in photos of a real M1167 say “Battery Box.” I assume that the included lithium ion battery stores here. The battery charger mounts to the top of the fender near here and cabling runs from the charger to this area. On their website Legend incorrectly shows the battery stored on the opposite fender, but photos of the real truck indicate that there are ammo can storage racks located here instead. None of the straps that hold the top missiles in place are modeled, nor does Legend show how they are secured. Legend doesn’t give you strap material either. If you look at photos of an M1167 loaded with the stored missile system, there are straps everywhere! It really wouldn’t be too hard to model these straps. Another omission from the kit is the mount for the sight which sets on top of the A/C unit on the cabin floor between the rear seats. It’s funny that Legend gives you the mount for the traversing unit but not the mount for the sight. Another omission is the lack of decals to represent vehicle interior markings and markings for the missiles.

Assembly:
Assembly is straightforward and poses no challenges. Using styrene I added the frame to the bottom of the rack that allows the real thing to be bolted down. I didn’t glue everything together for the photos. It only required eight drops of cyanoacrylate to assemble it to this point. I didn’t glue the upper and lower halves of the rack together to make painting of the missiles easier. When I get ready to use this in a model I will build the battery rack for the cargo area. I’ve included photos that show the rack temporarily mounted in the bed of an Academy M1151 body. It fits well, but I am unsure if the battery box will fit where it should. It looks like it might interfere with the armored cabin/cargo area partition.

Conclusion:

This kit is solid offering from Legend. It has great detail and was easy to build. I highly recommend it.
SUMMARY
Highs: Much needed subject, fantastic detail, easy assembly, and overall great fit.
Lows: Missing elements (battery rack, ammo racks, sight unit mount), and lack of decals.
Verdict: Highly recommended.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: LF3D006
  Related Link: Legend Productions website
  PUBLISHED: Oct 06, 2017
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.20%

About Eric Buchanan (WXerock)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

Copyright ©2017 text by Eric Buchanan [ WXEROCK ]. All rights reserved.


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Comments

The new W is for "wireless"! KL
OCT 07, 2017 - 10:45 PM
Thank you, Eric! Addons for MRAP TOW rack on the shapeways LINK And these photos will be a useful addition 71F-3-RF tow missile container and M-ATV TOW container rack. 4579525527_e6a65d42f0_o M-ATV_MMV_TowMount_HR
OCT 08, 2017 - 01:21 AM
Looks like there's one in the background in Peter's first pic above... H.P.
OCT 08, 2017 - 02:52 AM
Frenchy, that is indeed the new type missile container in the first photo on both missiles. Thanks for posting those Peter! regards, Eric
OCT 08, 2017 - 03:03 AM
I've missed the more obvious one... H.P.
OCT 08, 2017 - 03:12 AM
Thanks for posting guys! That is great info
OCT 08, 2017 - 05:04 AM
Peter- on the storage rack in the black acrylic material, I got a message from Shapeways... "Unfortunately, we are unable to manufacture 1/35 SPM-35-027-TOW-07 TOW missile containers rack from order" I will try the frosted extreme material instead. Thanks- Stuart
OCT 09, 2017 - 02:31 PM
Stuart, I tried to apply the High Definition Acrylate Black material for printing (since this material is cheaper), but the HDA printing technology is not suitable for printing a model with closely spaced parts in the set (as inform me shapeways). Also I checked the quality of the HDA material and in my opinion this material is not clear enough for printing small detail. So I canceled the print option in the HDA material, and left the print options in the Frosted Detail materials.
OCT 09, 2017 - 09:54 PM
Thank you my friend. I have resubmitted the order and will let you know what happens. Please keep up the excellent work!
OCT 09, 2017 - 10:32 PM
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