The LAV-3 series of Light Armoured Vehicles has been in Canadian service since the late 90ís, and has served in many International Operations in support of Peace Support Missions and with the current operations in Afghanistan.
All parts are crisply molded in grey and green resin and offer the modeler the chance to show a heavily stowed Canadian LAV-3. The accessories can be used with both Real Modelís and Trumpeterís LAV-3 kits.
This set from Black Dog includes a number of items commonly found on a well stowed Afghanistan Canadian LAV-3. The set includes turret stowage with replacement turret baskets stuffed full of kit, hull stowage with a new coiled up tow cable, and crew & vehicle stowage with excellent sharp details. Some stowage is specifically fitted to the vehiclesí back stowage box, or as crews call it the ĒHibachiĒ , but with most of these replaced by a stretcher they can be used with a scratch built one . The turret baskets in the kit fit nice and snug to the turrets from Real Model and Trumpeter, with only a shave of the antenna mountings on the Real Model turret, donít worry the rear basket has the antenna mount, as well as some of the individual items like the cots, water cans and tarps. The back turret basket is missing the mast for the laser warning receiver which will have to be added, with a little work this should be fine.
This accessory set could be used by model builders for many other kits as well. The only thing that is missing that will have to be added is the cargo straps on some parts to secure all the kit to the vehicle on the resin parts, but these are easily added. This is a high quality accessory set and it is very worthwhile and I give it high marks as an ex- LAV guy. I would like to thank Fireflymodels from the UK for sending the sample.
Recommended Reference: LAV-3 In Afghanistan from Real Model
Highs: Well molded parts with crisp details.Lows: Missing cargo straps and the mast for the laser warning receiver, but can be added later.Verdict: A highly recommended resin kit worth picking up.
About Anthony Sewards (recceboy) FROM: ALBERTA, CANADA
Served with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) for 26 years. Was chief gunnery instructor on the Lav-Recce (Coyote), Lav-3, Leopard C-2 / Leopard 2. And various small arms from pistol to .50 cal. and 84mm .
Have been working behind the scenes with REALMODELS, BLACKDOG, MENG,LEGEND,HOBBY ...