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SKP 225 - M1101/M1102 Light Tactical Trailer

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In-box dzięki uprzejmości Erica Buchanana (WXerock z Armoramy) :piwo:
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Introduction: Adapted from the olive-drab.com website: The Light Tactical Trailer, M1101/M1102 is a single axle, two wheel trailer designed to be towed by a HMMWV. The high ground clearance trailer consists of a cargo box mounted on the Light Tactical Trailer Chassis. The two types are:

-Trailer, Cargo: 2-Wheel, Light M1101
-Trailer, Cargo: 2-Wheel, Heavy M1102

The M1101 and M1102 trailers have the same tires, wheels, and track width as the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The Light Tactical Trailer for general cargo is designated by two model numbers, the M1101 and M1102, depending on its loading by weight. That is, there is no physical difference between the M1101 and the M1102 models, other than the dataplate. The two model numbers are used to regulate the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), based solely on the vehicle towing the trailer. For example, when the GVW does not exceed 3,400 pounds (1542 kg) the M1101 cargo trailer can be towed by a HMMWV M998/M1038 series prime mover. Both the M1101 and the M1102 trailer models can be towed by a HMMWV M1097/M1114.

Review: This will be my first build review of a resin kit (here). I will be presenting the review in a few installments over the next few weeks. This is a true multi-media kit with parts in resin and photo etched brass. The kit comes packaged in a sturdy, light weight corrugated, top opening box with the parts in small zipper bags. The silver box has a color photo of the assembled and painted kit. The kit comes packaged in five zipper bags. The larger, flat parts are even packed with sheets of light weight corrugated board to ensure they stay flat.

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The instructions are the nicest I have ever seen in a resin kit, in any kit for that matter. They are reminiscent of those produced by Eduard. Assembly is shown in 12 steps on 8 pages. Resin and photo etched parts are shown in different colors for clarity. Resin parts to be added in each step are shown in slate blue, photo etch parts in gold, and existing resin parts in gray. The instructions actually show mating surfaces where glue is to be applied in pink, which is a great feature. There is a two sided sheet of paper with a NATO three color scheme on one side and desert tan on the other. Colors are only listed as NATO olive green, NATO brown, NATO black and US Army sand. Decal placement is shown on the color guide.

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Installment 2: The kit is cast in a slate blue colored resin. There was no breakage and only one part detached from the pour blocks. The resin parts come on 19 pour blocks. The pour blocks on the large parts attach all along one edge and have small supports in a couple of places. These will require sanding all along one edge. There is some curve to all of the large parts which will require the application of gentle heat to flatten them. The smaller parts have small attachment points which should be easy to remove. There is a little flash on the openings of all of the small parts. In some cases this flash is thin and will be easy to remove, in others it will require a drill or careful removal with a knife.

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There are two sheets of photo etched parts. The smaller of the two sheets is roughly twice the thickness of the larger sheet. The kit also features a complete set of SKP’s beautiful resin on metal colored lenses for the lights and reflectors. There is a 2.25” X 2.5” decal sheet included as well. There is a comprehensive set of stencils and data plates. There is the option to build the model in the towed or parked configurations. My kit was missing resin parts “C” which is the three marker lights that are mounted along the rear, bottom edge of the trailer.

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