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SPARK Mine Roller
SPARK Mine Roller for Kinetic RG-31
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by: Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]

History

The Self-Protection Adaptive Roller Kit (SPARK) is a modular mine roller system designed to be mounted on tactical wheeled platforms. The front roller consisted of 2 roller banks on the left and right side of the vehicle, providing contact with the ground, causing IEDs to detonate on the roller. This forced as much of the blast down and away from the vehicle as possible, as opposed to underneath the vehicle. This configuration, a track-width front roller configuration attaches to the frame of an RG-31 or a HMMWV. It is intended for deliberate route-clearance operations.

Review

Legends Productions provides this very nice resin set to build the RG-31 mounted SPARKS. The first thing that caught my eye on this set is just how complete it is. There are a no less than 66 resin parts, 50 PE pieces, one brass rod, and three different sizes of wire (one rubber coated) in this set. It is very complete and well detailed. The instructions are also very clear and come on a two-sided, glossy, full color page that easily shows how to assemble the clearly labeled parts.

The various parts are all crisply molded without any bubbles or air holes evident. The casting is top-notch, which is standard with Legends Productions sets. This set gives you all the pieces needed to assemble a very detailed SPARKS Mine Roller set and its associated hardware to attach it to an RG-31 MRAP. The PE parts are crisp and very detailed as well. The pictorial instructions show exactly how to bend the PE and where to attach it. The coated wire for the hydraulic lines is a nice touch as they represent the actual lines well.

Conclusion

This is a great set that will accent your RG-31 well. It has everything you need to add to the vehicle. It will give your RG-31 a decidedly mean look. Legends Productions has another winner in this set. It is perfect for any RG-31 that you want to make into a route clearance vehicle.
SUMMARY
Highs: Crisply cast and no flaws.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: Highly recommended. Another winner for Legend Productions.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: LF1279
  Suggested Retail: $29.95
  PUBLISHED: Jul 05, 2014
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.82%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.83%

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About Gino P. Quintiliani (HeavyArty)
FROM: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

Retired US Army Artillery Officer, currently a contractor at MacDill AFB in the Tampa, FL area. I have been modelling for the past 35+ years, really seriously on armor and large scale helos (1/32, 1/35) for the last 30 or so.

Copyright 2019 text by Gino P. Quintiliani [ HEAVYARTY ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

Great set but I have a question. Does the Spark mounted on the RG-31 means that we somehow have to figure out a way to scratch a slat/cage armor for the vehicle, or actually there is an operational vehicle that has only the mine roller but doesn't have the cage armor ? Thanks.
JUL 19, 2014 - 05:11 PM
Is the mount type of this SPARK Mine Roller good for the RG31 MK3 or this is for the MK5 version ?
JUL 19, 2014 - 09:27 PM
I have seen plenty of RG-31 Mk3s with the roller and no cage armor. A few...
JUL 19, 2014 - 10:09 PM
   

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