Sunday, October 1

Preview: New from Bronco Models - the M1224 MaxxPro MRAP 1/35th scale

The rise of modern vehicles on the battlefield and so in modelling has become something of a thing recently. With all of these new types coming out, why not get some of them in plastic? Bronco is listening, and they have their version of the M1224 MaxxPro MRAP looks pretty good from the information and the built up example we have seen - take a look at it in today's preview...

New from Bronco Models

Preview: M1224 MaxxPro MRAP
1/35th scale
Photo Etch and Transparent Plastic included
Full Interior kit with opening and closing ports and doors
Bronco Website
The M1224 MaxxPro was developed by Navistar International as a 4x4, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armoured vehicle. It is built on the International 7000 series chassis with armour designed by Plasan Sasa of Israel. It was built for the United States Marine Corps with the first two pilot vehicles ready for testing in 2007. 
After successful trials production orders were placed the same year by both the USMC and US Army. Several variants have appeared with different levels of protection, a weapon station is normally mounted on the roof. 
The M1224 weighs 13.5 tons and is powered by a MaxxForce D9 330 bhp diesel engine and Allison 3000 5-speed automatic transmission. It is capable of speeds up to 100 km/h and has a road range of 400 km. The M1224 features bolted armour panels which can quickly be replaced in the field, rather than conventional welded armour. The vehicle is primarily used for patrol in hostile territory and can withstand a mine or IED with up to 7kg of explosive. 
Over 9,000 MaxxPro MRAP's have been built and it is used by all branches of the US military. It has also been purchased by 20 friendly nations for military and police use. Most M1224's have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan to combat terrorist forces, replacing the more vulnerable HUMVEE and other soft skin vehicles.
Bronco's model of the Maxx Pro in 35th scale is very detailed inside and out - we have some details in their CAD designed feature sheet.
The colour schemes are so far the desert tan that is prevalent in new US Vehicles
As you can see by the next pictures of these built up- the kit is really detailed highly on the inside as well as the outside, Photo Etch is one of the features of the kit in replicating the smallest of details, but this looks like a kit for an experienced modeller especially to get the best out of.
More on Bronco's other kits on their website, we will look at this kit in detail in a review when it's available.