Trumpeter 1/35 M1127 Stryker Reconnaissance Vehicle
PE, vinyl tires, figures, stowage equipment
The Stryker is a family of
Stryker uses a
Caterpillar diesel engine common in
Extensive computer support helps soldiers fight the enemy while reducing friendly fire incidents. Each vehicle can track friendly vehicles in the field as well as detected enemies. A day-night thermal imaging camera allows the vehicle commander to see what the driver sees. Soldiers can practice training with the vehicles from computer training modules inside the vehicle. The driver and the vehicle commander (who also serves as the gunner) have periscopes that allow them to see outside the vehicle without exposing themselves to outside dangers. The vehicle commander has almost a 360-degree field of vision; the driver, a little more than 90 degrees.
The vehicle’s armor suite is thicker than the MOWAG design, which enables the
Stryker to stop 14.5 mm armor-piercing machine-gun rounds and artillery
M1127 Reconnaissance Vehicle (RV) is used by
The reconnaissance troop is organized into a headquarters section, three recce
platoons, and a mortar section. Each of the three recce platoons is organized
with four Stryker reconnaissance vehicles, each mounting an
.50 cal machine gun or
19 40mm grenade launcher and equipped with
Javelins. Each vehicle carries a 2-man vehicle crew and a 4-man scout
squad for dismounted
reconnaissance (a 5-man squad if augmented by a linguist/interpreter). Each
recce squad in the platoon has an assigned human intelligence collector.
The first Stryker brigades were deployed to
The 5th Brigade 2nd Infantry Division was the first Stryker unit sent to
The Army recently announced that a protective design change is coming for the Stryker: the addition of a V-shape hull to the bottom of the 20-ton vehicle. The shape would help deflect blasts from the Stryker’s underbelly and is modeled on a similar design in the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, class of armored vehicles.
After studying the 20-page instruction booklet (I have finally learned to at least glance at the instructions of today’s kits before launching into them. Hey: it only took me about 55 years of modeling to figure this out!), I began assembling the lower hull and drive train. Steps 2-7 take you through all of the suspension system and steering mechanisms. I deferred on Step 7, which guides you through assembly of the wheels, to a later time in the construction process.
Steps 8-9 cover the assembly of the rear hull, including the personnel door. Here, I assembled the nicely done PE jerry can racks and attached them to the rear hull using super glue. Once I had assembled it, I glued the rear hull to the bottom hull.
Step 10 begins the assembly of the upper hull, and, again, one has the option of using some very nice PE parts to represent some of the upper hull items. In step 12, one has to assemble all of the smoke discharging units, all of which are attached to PE bases. While tedious, the finished product is well worth it. Step 14, which is the assembly of the side stowage bins, requires some finesse as several of the parts are quite small. Also, I found that Part J49 is mislabeled in the instructions: it is actually J29. Be sure and drill out the two holes in Step 16 to accommodate mounting of the front smoke dischargers.
Steps 18-20 involve more assembly of upper hull items such as the head light assemblies, driver’s hatch and the winch. Once these are finished, Step 21 guides you through attaching them to the upper hull. At this stage, I attached the two PE grill covers to the grills on the vehicle’s topside. Step 22 involves drilling another hole, so be careful again.
In Step 23, I assembled the clear plastic parts into the driver’s windshield assembly. Trumpeter includes nice masks for the clear parts so that this assembly can be glued to the vehicle and painted at the same time as the entire vehicle. Once the upper hull was completed, I began gluing it to the lower hull. Here is where I ran into my one and only fit problem: I had a somewhat difficult time mating the two hulls together. After fiddling, using a combination of liquid, tube and super glues, clamping, and in general struggling with the fit of the two pieces, I finally realized that the permanent gap I ended up with along the sides would not be overtly visible to the casual observer, and decided to live with it. My only caution to others is to dry fit, dry fit, and then dry fit again when you get to this stage.
At this point I began to feel like the end was near; then, however, I turned the page in the instructions and discovered that the turret assembly and the two machineguns were mini-kits in themselves. Once assembled, the Ma Deuce is impressive and quite detailed. The optional PE shield really adds to its scale look. Steps 30-32 involve assembling the crew members and attaching and making the stowage “tapes” or straps that are used to mount personnel equipment to the vehicle. I then cut out the stowage set boxes and glued them together with tacky glue. This requires a little bit of skill as the paper is naturally thin and you are forming a 3D object from a planar material. I found it very useful to scribe each potential box fold with an Xacto knife to facilitate folding the box flaps into the final shape. . The last assembly step was to drill holes in the antenna mounts and super glue a length of steel guitar wire in each to represent radio antennas.
COLORS & MARKINGS
Once everything was assembled, I headed to my basement paint shop. Strykers are a dark green color (not OD), and the Trumpeter full color painting guide in the kit calls for FS34102, so I opted for Testors Model Master Medium Green 34102. I painted the wheels separately and set them aside to dry.
exterior coat was dry, I applied what few decals there are for these vehicles by
transferring them to a puddle of Future at each decal location on the model (I
didn’t want to go through the hate, pain and grief of giving the entire model a
coat of Future). I then painted the soft cover equipment items with various
shades of green and dry brushed them to highlight their folds, etc. I painted
the two crew figures with a combination of oils and Model Master enamels. I
added a few equipment items (such as a water can and a cot) from a Tamiya Modern
Once I finished all the painting, I slipped the vinyl tires onto their wheels and glued the wheels to the lower suspension. I covered the wheels and lower hull with a thin wash of reddish brown acrylic paint and then used artist chalk dust to simulate road dust over most of the vehicle.
The final step in painting the model was to brush paint the sledgehammer, shovel and axe on the vehicle’s rear and their wooden handles.
In a relatively short time, Trumpeter has become a serious competitor in the 1/35 scale vehicle modeling world. I enjoyed every step of this project, and can’t wait to build my next Trumpeter kit. I highly recommend Trumpeter’s Stryker kits to armor nuts and others.
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