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LAV 25 Aerial Mounts
Antena mount for different versions of the LAV 25
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


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Introduction

The LAV-25 is a lightly armoured amphibious vehicle based on the Swiss MOWAG Piranha. The various forms of the LAV-25 have been in service with the US Marine Corps since 1983, and this vehicle type has been continually updated since then. The LAV-25 was originally a joint venture for the US Marines and US ARMY, the ARMY decided to drop out of the program, but the Marines continued and took delivery of 758 vehicles between 1983 and 1987. In 1993 the Canadian Armed forces bought the LAV-25, with their version being called the Coyote of which they bought 203.

The LAV-25, with a crew of 3 (driver, gunner, and commander) and room to carry 6 troops into combat, is a fast, reliable, and highly mobile AFV. Armed with an M242 25mm Bushmaster chain gun in the turret, along with a 7.62 co-axial MG plus a pintle mount for a second 7.62 MG on the roof, the LAV-25 has a few years service left in it.

Contents

Two turned brass aerial mounts
A small PE fret
The product is packaged in a clear zip lock bag with the product details on a white sticky label. The bag is stapled to a backing card with details for JB Model.eu printed on the card.

Review

The two brass aerial mounts appear to mimic the real mounts perfectly. They are 7.68mm in length, not including the lug for attaching them to the vehicle. The base of the mount is 2.38mm across, with the PE rings being 4.05mm across. The PE ring also depicts the 4 bolt heads for attaching the aerial mount to the real vehicle. The mounting portion of the aerial mount fits perfectly into the PE ring, which makes adding these parts to the vehicle simplicity itself.

Attaching the aerials to your model involves drilling a 2mm hole, 2mm deep into the aerial mount location. Then place the mount through the PE ring and glue into the hole you have drilled. It really is that easy.

Conclusion

This product is a quick and easy improvement for your LAV-25 build, and at just over 1 Euro is inexpensive also. The product is labeled specifically for the LAV-25 series of vehicles, however I suspect these mounts could be used to replace injection moulded plastic offerings on a number of vehicles. I highly recommend this product to anyone who places detail highly when constructing their models.


References used:
Images from Prime Portal http://www.primeportal.net/home.htm
Military Factory http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=57

A special thank you to Prime Portal for allowing the use of their images in this review.
SUMMARY
Highs: An inexpensive and well detailed product that adds that something extra.
Lows: None at all that I am aware of.
Verdict: I highly recommend this product without reservation to anyone who has a use for it.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35A06
  Suggested Retail: 1.15
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  PUBLISHED: Mar 05, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.04%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.18%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

Thank you for sorting this out so quickly James.
MAR 07, 2010 - 03:56 PM
I have used them on a MK IV and a sherman with the medal antenna and they look great.I am waiting for long antenna for tiger 1 from JB Models.
MAR 07, 2010 - 05:35 PM
Ok.....if they look good to you I guess that's what counts, but it's not correct. These are the AMUs for U.S. SINGARS radios. They didn't come out till the mid `90s and wouldn't be right for either vehicle you mentioned.
MAR 07, 2010 - 08:04 PM
They look nice but its too bad that don't make a set that's "bent backwards" to represent an antenna that has been pulled back and tied down. Darryl
MAR 07, 2010 - 11:42 PM
I thought someone did release a bent set (resin) recently? I don't think RB can do any bent version since we're taking about the lathing process. With regards to the above LAV-25 base mounts, I've used them on my OIF M113A3 previously. They should work with most modern US Army/USMC vehicles. Will get more sets for my HB AAV7-A1 EAAK and Trump's M1117... cheers! Lawrence
MAR 08, 2010 - 03:11 AM
Pro Art "US ARMY modern radio satellite communication set" (PAU-35010) includes four resin bent antenna bases. Maple Leaf had released a set as well but they're OOP... Frenchy
MAR 08, 2010 - 04:09 AM
Richard RB Model do aerial mounts much better suited to that time period which are equally as good, however I am glad that you are happy with the results. Thank you for the comments everyone.
MAR 08, 2010 - 04:30 AM
   

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