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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 12:01 AM GMT+7
Trumpeter releases its latest kit on the subject, this time featuring the US version.
The M270A1 is an upgraded version of the M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System). The enhancements include cab and hull modifications to improve occupant survivability, and suspension modifications to accommodate the vehicle’s increased weight. The latest variant of the M270A1 uses a new Improved Armor Cab (IAC) to increase protection of the crew and the addition of mine protective seating.

M270/A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System – US (01049). Containing over 970 parts, the kit features a detailed multi-directional slide-molded cab, and lower hull, individual tracks links, as well as photo-etched details. When built, the model stands 200.5mm long and 89.5mm wide.

Background information on the vehicle sourced from ArmyRecognition.com.
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I am really excited about this one...well I was. I was hoping they would have some more up to date decals/markings, esp. for the sand version. The sand 1CAV 21FA markings are from an M270 from Operation Desert Storm ('90-'91), not a more modern M270A1. To be correct with those markings, it should not have the TC's hand rail up top, no HALON boxes on the sides of the cab, should have the older triangle block tracks, and some internal cab diferences (radios and fire control panel). Also, these are the same decals in Dragon's old M270 kit from the mid-'90s. No idea what the camo decals are supposed to represent either. Come on Trumpeter, can't you get a little more accurate with your decals??? At least have black stenciling for the sand vehicle. Looks like home-made decals unless someone comes out w/some better decals.
DEC 06, 2017 - 12:40 AM
Gino, the camouflaged codes most likely are South Dakota National Guard 1 147 field artillery (MLRS)
DEC 06, 2017 - 02:30 AM
Maybe, but it is backwards if that is the case. The decal reads 147 1 F, not 1-147 FA or 1F147, etc...
DEC 06, 2017 - 02:35 AM
I know. At first I thought it could be 1I 1F7 for the first of the seventh artillery but-- It's an anagram of 1F147 or 1 147F. The proper order probably got lost in translation like so many bumper codes decals.
DEC 06, 2017 - 03:12 AM
Well, I'll survive if the only faults are in the decals Aftermarket will probably come to the rescue long before I get around to building this. / Robin
DEC 06, 2017 - 03:23 AM
Yup, that is what I figure too. Some of their earlier decal translation errors have been good too.
DEC 06, 2017 - 03:27 AM
For some reason, the manufacturers consider a large number of parts for the assembly to be a measure of high-quality detailing.) Although this often leads only to an increase in the time of the assembly process, sometimes it comes to absurdity and idiocy. It would be better to devote more time to authenticity. It would be interesting to see the British version with slat armor someday, it looks very spectacular and aggressive.
DEC 06, 2017 - 06:29 PM
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