US Law Enforcement Carrier
Kinetic, 1/35 scale
Reviewed by Andrew Judson
In recent times, US Law Enforcement organisations have started using armoured vehicles for units like SWAT, Rescue, and emergency response groups, for deploying groups of officers and also as a protective measure, and raiding aid.
This is one of the latest in their arsenal of vehicles, used by several states.
The Maxpro MRAP was originally for use with troops deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, but with excess stock, the police agencies were able to purchase these as well, offering supreme protection to those aboard, in our current environment.
The International MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle is an armoured fighting vehicle designed by American company Navistar International's subsidiary Navistar Defense along with the Israeli Plasan Sasa, who designed and manufactures the vehicle's armour. The vehicle was designed to take part in the US Military's Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle program, led by the US Marine Corps, as well as a similar US Army-led Medium Mine Protected Vehicle program.
The MaxxPro utilizes a crew capsule with a V-shaped hull, mounted on an International WorkStar 7000 chassis. The V-hull deflects the blast of a land mine or improvised explosive device (IED) away from the vehicle to protect its occupants. Because the chassis is mounted outside the armoured crew capsule, there are concerns that it will likely be destroyed in the event of an ambush, leaving the soldiers inside stranded. However, according to Navistar Defense spokesperson Roy Wiley, the MaxxPro "did extremely well during the tests, and we are extremely pleased." This design may prove as effective as the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann ATF Dingo that uses a similar design, one which mounts an armored capsule to a Unimog chassis. This design has survived a 7 kg (15 lb) land mine blast with no injuries.
According to Navistar Defense, the vehicle is designed with operational readiness in mind and uses standardised, easily available parts, to ensure rapid repair and maintenance. The armoured body is bolted together instead of welded, as in other MRAPs. This facilitates repair in the field and is a contributing factor to Navistar's greater production capacity for the MaxxPro.*
F i r s t L o o k
Although the packaging labels Kinetic’s model as a generic US Law Enforcement Carrier, it is in fact a Navistar MaxxPro.
Underneath the attractive box art, Kinetic’s 1:35 scale Law Enforcement Carrier comprises 304 parts in grey coloured plastic, 22 photo-etched parts, 25 parts in clear, and eight black vinyl parts. Markings are provided for three vehicles.
The plastic parts are mainly free from moulding flaws, although there are a number of sink marks here and there that should be filled before construction gets underway.
The level of overall detail is good, with the first four steps of the instructions dealing with the running gear, chassis and lower hull. The “V” shaped lower hull is moulded as one main piece with suspension and drivetrain details being built up during these first four construction steps.
The upper body, including the engine hood, is cleanly moulded in one large piece.
The interior provides the main features and some details – seats, bulkheads, instrument panel, steering wheel and pedals, transmission shift, floor, fire extinguishers and more.
The instrument panel has raised moulded detail.
Clear parts are supplied for the armoured glass windows and the various lights.
The side doors and rear hatch are moulded as separate parts and may be posed open. The big rear door in particular features some nice interior detail including the entry stairs with non-slip texture.
The 22 photo-etched parts are mainly for the mesh restraints for the seats and the grilles over the windows.
The four black vinyl tyres looks really good, with a convincing sidewall ripple moulded in place.
Registration of the decal sheet is perfect.
When it comes to painting, you have three choices, all different colours, Grey Base, Satin Black and Medium Gunship Grey.
The satin black variant also has white doors and bonnet with some nice bold white markings, this for me is the favourite. Any option will look impressive.
C o n c l u s i o n
In summary, I like this kit because it is a different subject and it is fresh.
Kinetic’s 1:35 scaleUS Law Enforcement Carrier is a well detailed and nicely presented kit. It is a fascinating subject and, with its growing usage, there should be some interesting marking possibilities in future too.
If you like military vehicles, this may be a good option for you. It's military, but its not!
Cheers, keep on modelling
Thanks to Lucky Model for the sample.
Text by Andrew Judson