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Sebastian Haff

Trumpyb Patriot Missile Launcher & Tractor

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Please forgive my ignorance on this matter as #1, I am almost exclusively an aircraft modeler, and #2, i was too lazy to do my own research online.

The new Trumpeter missile launcher and tractor I've seen online has really piqued my interest, and has me inspired to possibly venture outside of my typical aircraft building. Before I drop $200 though I want to make sure I'm aware of a few things.

From the limited searching online I have done, I see that there already appears to be a Dragon launcher on the market. Is this kit any better or worse? In what way? I also saw a resin set of which the manufacturers' name escapes me...although I don't think it was CE, Verlinden, or any o of the other resin heavy hitters. Is this set any good?

Again, I apologize for my ignorance in this matter, and I hope I'm not beating that dead horse.

Cheers

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There is also detail sets coming from voyager models   at some point for both m983 and launcher from trumpeter, the question is when???? I have both kits from trumpeter and I can say well worth the money the only downside is the tires which are rubber and suck. I will be getting aftermarket tires for my , I also got the eduard interior set  for the italeri kit but will work just fine for the m982.

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The Trumpeter M983 HEMTT Tractor and M901 Launcher are really nice kits and don't really need any extra detail/AM sets for them.  The interior on the M983 is excellent and fully detailed in plastic with a bunch of decals and placards to add to it and dress it up.  I am currently using the M983 to convert/scratch an M1074 PLS.  As to the Eduard interior PE set for the truck, it is less detailed than the Trumpeter plastic and would lower the level of detail, again, not worth it in my opinion.

 

The AFV Club M983 HEMTT Tractor is based on the ancient, poorly detailed Italeri M977 HEMTT cargo truck and is not worth the money in my opinion.  They have provided some updated parts, but it is still pretty bad.  All the mesh parts on it are molded out of plastic and are solid, not open like actual mesh.  Trumpeter has all these parts as very fine PE included.  The Dragon launcher is OK, but again has all the mesh as solid plastic and is soft on details.

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