Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Armor Pro Series
Kit No. 7233; AAVP7A1 RAM/RS with EAAK
Media and Contents:
161 parts (100 in grey styrene, 29 etched
brass, 22 in DS plastic)
price about US $13.98
Finally adds the up-armored kit to the
AAV7A1 kit; etched brass and optional parts a plus
DS styrene wheel bushings will make
assembly require extra care; nice, big hatches open up on...nothing!
Highly Recommended for all USMC and AMTRAC
fans as well as modern armor buffs
DML has now finally answered requests from small-scalers for the
most current version of the big USMC AAVP7A1 and provided the
applique armor fit for it. This Israeli-designed applique armor
first appeared on these beasts back during Operation Desert Storm
but really were most common during and after Operation Iraqi
DML has now taken their AAVP7A1 RAM/RS kit (No. 7237) added one new
sprue with the new parts. The applique basically comes in two
sections, one for each side of the hull, but they are relatively
thin and look to be in scale once installed. All of the external
fittings such as antenna base units (matching units) and guards are
provided as well.
The DS styrene tracks are a plus as they can now be cemented down to
"sag" correctly, but since the wheels all use a bushing between two
halves for assembly it will require care to avoid getting cement on
them and getting them out of plumb or having wheels failing to roll
(a great advantage in painting the tires!) Note that both the wheels
and the tracks are shared with the M2/M3 Bradley kits, which is
This variant again provides for the post- 1990 upgrades when the
vehicles received the ability to mount supplemental armor protection
and also an upgraded firepower suite via the "UWS" or upgraded
weapons station. This combined a 40mm grenade launcher and a .50
caliber machine gun in one turret. However, the original smaller
cupola with .50 caliber only is also provided on the sprues, so the
model could be "backdated" much more easily than the diecast one.
The wave-breaker can be installed either closed (part A3) or
deployed (A4), as can the water jet drives (A21/22 open, A23/24
closed). Thanks to "Slide Molding" the headlights are integral with
the upper hull; this gives this kit the same technical capabilities
as the diecast predecessor.
An etched brass fret is included with bits for the engine gratings
as well as the muffler guard and handholds. The RP (right puny)
parts include handles and brackets.
Markings are provided for four vehicles: 2nd Assault Amphibian
Battalion, USMC, Iraq 2005; ROC (Taiwan) Marines, 2005; 26th MEU,
USMC, Iraq 2005; and Italian Marines, 2004. The first three are in
the NATO tricolor scheme – the 26th MEU one with its applique armor
in sand – but the Italian one is in what appears to be FS34102
Forest Green, the as delivered finish for many modern US armored
Overall this vehicle finally permits building the "combat" version
of this vehicle.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.
Freddie Leung for the review sample.
29 A turrets and details
40 B M2/M3 wheels and drivers
2 AAVP7A1 hull
29 D AAVP7A1 applique armor and details
22 DS plastic (M2/M3)
39 Etched nickel