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M1114 FRAG 5 w/GPK Turret

Introduction
This release from T-Model (aka Termin Molds), another variant of the M1114, utilises all of the sprues from their first and second kits, but with three new sprues, and an expanded etched metal sheet. It features the same Gunner Protection Kit (GPK) turret as the second kit, but this time we get all new doors representing the FRAG 5 protection kit. There are also two CREW Duke system antennae on small sprues, and an accessories sprue of weapons / jerry can / storage boxes that is also available as a separate item from T-Model.

While researching this project, I didn’t come across a single photo of an M1114 with this exact configuration of FRAG 5 doors, GPK turret, and twin CREW devices. On FRAG 5 fitted examples, the OGPK seems more common, and perhaps having already covered the GPK turret in the second offering, it might have made more sense to provide the OGPK with this one, but perhaps that is in the future. Something I picked up from studying photos of HMMWVs however, is that there is an almost endless variety of configurations, and I won’t say that this set up never existed.

So having done a mostly built but unpainted review of the first kit, (TM-7201 M1114 HMMWV review) and an in box review of the second (TM-7202 M1114 HMMWV w/GPK review), I thought I’d better take this third offering all the way. I hoped to save time with the build by starting from where I got to with the first kit, though I’mm not sure it turned out that way. This was through no fault of the kit though, just me confusing myself by having three similar boxes open at the same time and not paying enough attention…
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About Matthew Lenton (firstcircle)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM

Earliest model memory is a Super Sabre my grandmother bought for me around 1972. Have always dabbled in painting and making things, and rediscovered doing that with plastic in 2008. Vowed then to complete the 30 year old stash, and have made some progress. Hobby goes hand in hand with BBC Radio 3...