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81mm Mortar Ammunition Bins
81mm Ammunition Stowage for Dragon's M4 Mortar Carrier
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by: Gary Kato [ GARYKATO ]


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Voyager 1/35 81mm Ammunition Stowage (PEA102) for Dragon's 1/35 M4 Mortar Carrier.
Overview
One of the problems with Dragon's 1/35 M4 81mm Mortar Carrier kit (DR6032) is that the ammunition racks are all full. Voyager's photo-etched metal set lets you replace the kit ammunition bins with empty racks and to populate them with separate ammunition tubes. The set provides replacements for the open-top bins as well as racks to insert into the side ammunition bins of the kit. All fold seams are etched to aid in folding and there are small marks on the inside of the bins to help align the pieces for the racks.
The Parts
Tree A (2 included) has the pieces for the ammunition racks and most of the bin sides.

Tree B has the major portion of the body for the large open top bins. When assembled, the large open top bins will look different from the kit bins. This is due to Dragon extending the bin to fill the space under the machine gun track. The bins don't actually extend all the way to the side so the Voyager kit also fixes up that error.

Tree C has the end caps for the ammunition tubes. The top and bottom caps are different. There are 28 of each type. The instructions have you use one type for the open-top bins and the other for the side bins but you could also use both for making whole tubes. With a little work with a file and a drill, one could make discarded empty tubes.

Included are 10 100mm long plastic tubes for making the ammunition tubes. Each tube is 18mm long, so a total of 50 tubes could be made with what is provided. Unfortunately there are no decals for the extensive markings present on such tubes.
Conclusion
If you want to have some of the bins with rounds missing, this is a set you should get.
SUMMARY
Highs: It's nice to have the option to have some bins not full. Side racks are not neglected.
Lows: It would have been nice to have more tube ends and to have the stenciling for the tubes.
Verdict: If you want partially full or empty ammunition racks, this is the way to go.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: PEA102
  Suggested Retail: $14.99 USD
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  PUBLISHED: Mar 22, 2008
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 88.26%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.70%

About Gary Kato (GaryKato)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

.After long thought, I am just a kit assembler, not a true modeler. I build with what the kit provides; no after market parts. I am also a builder rather than a painter. I don't bother if a color is too green or too blue. Currently, I am just trying to finish up the kits I've started, mostly ...

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Comments

Thanks for the review.
MAR 22, 2008 - 08:07 AM
Mostly I did it because all the pictures I could find were Voyager's stock photo of two sets combined. I wanted to know what came with which set. I ordered both sets but the main M4 Mortar Carrier set has been out of stock.
MAR 22, 2008 - 12:26 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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