Academy 1/35 M151A1 MUTT
In the early 1950s, the US Army began a competition to develop a replacement
vehicle to the venerable M38 General Purpose (Jeep) vehicle. The Ford
design was selected for production as the M151 Military Utility Tactical
Truck (MUTT). The design featured independent suspension on all four wheels,
selectable two- or four-wheel drive, and a quarter ton capacity.
Due to load problems on the rear suspension as the Army began mounting
various weapons and ammo storage on the M151, an improved version was
designed to support the various weapons loads. This version was designated
as M151A1. One additional re-design of the rear end resulted in the M151A2
which improved the vehicle's stability.
As with the M38 that preceded it, the M151 is widely used in over 100
countries around the world. The M151 remained in all four branches of
US military service until the M998 'Humvee' entered service in sufficient
This kit is another beautiful Academy rendering. The kit is comprised
of 118 parts molded in dark green styrene, 16 parts molded in clear styrene,
and seven rubber tires. All parts are flash free and also free of those
annoying ejector pin marks in areas that would be visible after assembly.
The only exception to this is the underside of the chassis/body which
would have a few pin marks because it was cast without the usual tree
around it. These pin marks are minor and will be easily removed.
As with the full-scale example, the chassis and body are one part. To
this one part you'll be attaching a boatload of detail. Under the hood
is a fourteen part flathead four-cylinder engine. The part count for the
engine does not include the radiator, oil-bath air filter, brake reservoir
and other details that are also included. About the only thing you can
do to add any detail under the hood is add the ignition wiring,
and radiator hoses. The detailing under the chassis is also complete with
a detailed drive train and suspension system.
The detailing definitely doesn't stop here. The vehicle is equipped
with a command radio, complete with antenna mount on the rear of the vehicle.
Pioneering tools are provided as well as a Jerry can and spare tire. You
did read correctly earlier - there are seven tired provided, though you'll
only need five of them for this project. There are a few extra parts,
including the two extra tires, that indicate more versions of the M151
are coming, at least one of which has a trailer. The kit is rounded out
with a central pedestal mount and an M60 machine gun.
are provided for two M151A1s as they appeared in Vietnam in the late 1960s.
Academy's decals are beautifully printed and my example is in perfect
This kit follows the line of excellence that Academy is becoming known
for in its 1/35 scale kit line. This kit is just as detailed as the Tiger,
M10, M12 and Blackhawk kits that precede it. This kit is recommended!
My sincere thanks to MRC for this