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2 litter armored Humvee ambulance
GreyHunter
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 04:20 AM UTC
Does anybody know if this vehicle is still in use and what the designation number is?
Is there any good model kit on this version? The Esci one is nof even worth building.
GunTruck
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 05:28 AM UTC
You mean the Mini's? (ducking as Sabot throws a wrench at me) Well, if I recall properly, the M996 was called (arguably) the Mini-Ambulance at least as far as AM General was concerned. It had basic armor plating and came in with and without winch options. There are two variants - the M996 and M996A1 according to USAF Tech Order 36A12-1A-2091-1 Jan 1996. This is also US Army Tech Manual 9-2320-280-10.

There's also a M1035 Soft-Top Ambulance that carried two litters too, but has no armor protection. Likewise the M1035 came in with and without winch options. There are M1035, M1035A1, and M1035A2 variants. The M1035A2 is slightly longer than the M1035 and M1035A1 due to the fitting of new bumpers - like found on the Heavy Hummer variants and can be fitted with a winch.

No, there isn't another kit of the M996 other than the ESCI release. Actually that is quite rare and not easy to find today. It might not be look attractive to you, but as the only game in 1:35 scale, you can use the dimensions to fashion your own creation. Some could take that sow's ear and turn it into a silk purse. Some USAF M996's have been converted to Forward Air Control Vehicles jam packed full of all kinds of interesting radio and communications goodies. Externally, they just look like plain old Mini's...

Gunnie
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 05:39 AM UTC
It is the M1035 and it is very similar to the basic 4-door M998 with the "station wagon" back canvas cover. The Italeri Commando HUM-V (kit #273) could be made to look like one externally with very little effort. The difference would be the litter set up in the rear compartment. A normal 4-door HMWWV with the station wagon rear has a roof seam behind the rear doors since the "trunk" area canvas is removable. The M1035 has a one-piece roof that goes from the front windshield all the way to the back of the truck. Also attached to the sides of the rear compartment is a red cross on white field. This marking is just behind the rear doors. The rear flap also has red cross marking.
Petition2God
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 06:03 AM UTC
Hey, i thought Academy still produces the maxi-ambulance version Humvee. Some online hobby stores still sell it I think. OK, that's M997. No one produces M1035 (soft top) model as far as I know but to me it resembles Italeri's "Desert patrol" Humvee.
GunTruck
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 06:08 AM UTC

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Hey, i thought Academy still produces the maxi-ambulance version Humvee. Some online hobby stores still sell it I think. OK, that's M997. No one produces M1035 (soft top) model as far as I know but to me it resembles Italeri's "Desert patrol" Humvee.



Actually, the model has been out of production for awhile - RUN and grab that kit while you can! And, wouldn't it figure Eduard comes out with a killer detail set for it too.

Sabot is right, you can model your own Soft-Top without too much bother, even from the standard C/T. I did back in the early 90's and remember it being fun. Who known, perhaps Revell AG will come out with one...

Gunnie
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 12:29 PM UTC
If you're looking for an Academy M998 Ambulance kit you can find it at:

http://www.hobbymodelkorea.com

I just checked and they seem to be in stock. This guy also has a full line of Academy kits that are hard to find elsewhere. I found him on e-bay and bought an M998 there, then bought another from his website. The prices are very good, of course shipping is a bit high.
I've ordered from him several times and have had no problems.

Chuck
GreyHunter
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 04:09 PM UTC
Thanks for the replies!
I thing I'm going to use a M997 from Academy and convert it to a M996. Maybe some of you have detailed photos on the M996.
As for the M1035, the Italeri Command Hum-V is not completly the same as the ambulance. The roof is to low so I need to convert that. I have a viev "profile' pictures which show that difference.
As for the Esci kits, I have thaem all. The M966, the Avenger and the M996. The hoods of the kits are totaly wrong, it looks like a beetle. The Avenger kit is based on the prototype and on top of that it has a wrong canopy. The M996 doesn't even look like the real thing.