ICM 1/35 Russian Maxim Machine Gun (1910)
KIT #: 35674
PRICE: $15.99 SRP
DECALS: None required
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: New tool kit

HISTORY

The PM M1910 (Russian: Пулемёт Максима на станке Соколова, Pulemyot Maxima na stanke Sokolova or "Maxim's machine gun model 1910 on Sokolov's mount") was a heavy machine gun used by the Imperial Russian Army during World War I and the Red Army during World War II. It was adopted in 1910 and was derived from Hiram Maxim's Maxim gun, chambered for the standard Russian 7.6254mmR rifle cartridge. The M1910 was mounted on a wheeled mount with a gun shield and was replaced in Soviet service by the SG-43 Goryunov which retained the wheeled and shielded carriage, starting in 1943. In addition to the main infantry version, there were aircraft mounted (PV-1) and naval variants.

THE KIT

Molded on two tan sprues, the kit comprises of 27 pieces so it should not be a difficult build. However, it is quite detailed considering the size of the finished model. As you might expect, most of the kit is for the mount itself with the actual gun comprising seven of the kit parts. It is quite complete and you can build the kit in either the firing or the traveling mode. This will have to be determined early in the build as the first part of the frame construction has to decide how to assemble these parts. The kit includes a seat for the gunner and an ammo box with belted ammunition. This latter item is for using the gun in the firing position. If one wants to leave the gun in the traveling position, then that would be appropriate for being used by a gunner in the prone position since it is near the ground.

The instructions are well done with Model Master paint references. The well drawn construction steps are divided into an A and B section when it comes to building the gun in the firing or traveling positions. No decals are needed nor are any provided. Apparently all guns were a field green.

CONCLUSIONS

This kit is perfect for dioramas ranging from 1910 until 1943 or so when the gun was finally removed from service. Even just building it on its own will make for a neat presentation.

REFERENCES

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PM_M1910

December 2013 

Thanks to Squadron Products for the review kit. You can get yours at this link.

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