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HMMWV Frag 5 armored door kit
Modern HUMVEE family bullet-proof door
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by: Mario Krajinovic [ MARIO_HR ]

Introduction

To deal with the increasing threats to soldiers from various IED forms, updates to the most common HMMWV vehicle family were needed. These came in the FRAG kit shapes. The additional Fragmentation armor kits are specifically designed to protect the crew from the IED threats they face in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. FRAG 5 armor kit upgrade includes a much heavier 600-pound door and additional armor plating at key points on the vehicle.
A critical improvement was in the design of the doors. All the window and latch hardware have been moved from inside to the outside of the armor plating. This prevents those parts from becoming a source of secondary fragmentation inside the cabin during an attack.
Another major modification was the addition of a large "D" ring and a combat-lock bypass system on the outside of the door. These changes help rescue teams quickly open blast-damaged doors to save trapped personnel. The actual kit weighs about 2,200 lbs., but the overall vehicle weight is only increased by 760 lbs.
These kits are available for the M1114, M1116, and M1151 vehicles.

Contents

The small plastic box holds a multimedia affair:

• 4 resin doors packed in pairs in small zip-lock bags
• single sheet of clear plastic (or perhaps clear resin) protected by paper in a zip-lock bag
• 2 photo-etched frets
• set of instructions

This is a pretty complex update set that can be applied to the older Tamiya kit (that will need a conversion set since it’s not intended to be built straight from the box) or the Bronco kits. If you bought the Bronco M1114 and want to update it to a different version this will be a relative inexpensive way to do it, or perhaps you want to super-detail the newer Bronco kit and want to replace the doors for some reason.
This looks easy when you first open the box, but then you realize from the instructions that these are a small kit for itself. A lot of complex PE parts assemblies go on the resin door and it will need a lot of patience. The resin parts are free of any deformation and air bubbles and are numerated so no one gets confused. Thickness of the clear parts will also need some patience as care will be needed when cutting out the windows.

Conclusion

With this set you can bridge the gap from the M1114 and M1151 if you don't have the later boxing of Bronco's kit. A good number of countries used this type in Iraq/Afghanistan (i.e.Croatian ISAF detachment, ANA, Iraq Army, Polish ISAF forces...). Detail wise - it's great. Take your time with the bending and you can really show off your Humvee.
SUMMARY
Highs: Nice door details inside and out, PE of appropriate thickness
Lows: Somewhat complex build
Verdict: Great set that can possible be adapted to a number of HMMWV kits. It fills a gap between M1114 and M1151 versions and gives option to build a lot of export versions as well
Percentage Rating
92%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: PEA246
  Related Link: Voyager Models item link
  PUBLISHED: Jul 12, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.76%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.70%

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Comments

I find most of the PE manufacturers tend to overcomplicate things... I would prefer the armored window complex in resin as well, instead of such complex PE assembly. Mario
JUL 11, 2011 - 09:49 PM
I think it's perhaps due to the thickness of the real parts. I agree it would be more convenient to have it as a single part, but I guess there is some logic with Voyager as they keep making PE sets this way. Just think of the workable ERA packs for the T-72 (i think?) they released a while ago?
JUL 12, 2011 - 12:34 AM
Great review Mario...I need to get ahold of this set.
JUL 12, 2011 - 04:41 AM
Just a quick note, these doors are unfortunately not appropriate for the M1151/M1152/M1165/M1167. For whatever reason the Frag 5 doors for these vehicles are different from those for the M1114/M1116. This is a diagram of the Frag 5 forward door for the M1151/M1152/M1165/M1167:
JUL 12, 2011 - 05:18 AM
Thanks I probably didn't express myself properly. What I tried to say with that sentence was that Frag 5 kits are available to different HMMWV families not that the kit's offering was appropriate for the M1151, just that there's a Frag 5 kit for those types. Thanks for clearing that up!
JUL 12, 2011 - 09:09 AM
Didn't want there to be any confusion. Great review btw.
JUL 12, 2011 - 09:25 AM
No problems and thanks for the pic. Is there a lot of difference between m1114 and m1151 door frag kits if you know?
JUL 12, 2011 - 09:30 AM
Visually they are surprisingly different. They are supposed to offer the same level of protection though. To further confuse matters, the doors provided as part of the so-called LTAS "B Kit" for the M1151/M1152/M1165/M1167 are different still from both the Frag 5 doors for those types and the Frag 5 doors for the M1114/M1116. You can see both sets of doors for the M1151/etc in this thread.
JUL 12, 2011 - 10:26 AM
Who's on first????
JUL 12, 2011 - 01:11 PM
   

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