Mat Irvine: Previously this Hummer H2 had been issued by Revell-Monogram (RM) for the US market, starting off as a ‘diecast’ kit, where the body was in metal, pre-finished with paint and markings, though the rest of the parts were in conventional plastic and needed assembly.
This latest release has only the custom options, but with a bit of mixing, matching, and scratch-building, a CSI version can be built, as shown in my photos.
The decals were home-made, with lettering being word-processor generated. I found the badge online.
One point about Revell’s original diecast kit range is that most examples also made a completely finished version. In these cases, there was also an included extra in the form of an appropriate figure. In the CSI-Miami Hummer (below) this was the team leader, Lt Horatio Caine, played by actor David Caruso.
OK, it’s an expensive way of doing it, but you’d have the figure. Except that in this case you couldn’t, as although Revell advertised a ready-finished CSI Hummer in 2004, the model was never released.
But all is not lost - the German model car accessory company Scale Production has a range of 1:24/5 scale figures in resin, one of which depicts Horatio Caine (above two pictures and below).
The figures require painting, unlike those from Revell, which would have been pre-painted. To finish the small diorama scene, I found some suitable CSI-style equipment. Some nondescript boxes are included in Italeri’s truck accessories kits, but the tool case, box, and laptop, are from the Tamiya Rally Mechanics set (below).
The supplied trays in this kit can also be used, and what started as the oil bottle can be converted into a puffer or maybe a container for that favourite of forensic scientists, the blue-glowing chemical, Luminol. The camera comes from Tamiya’s larger 1:20 scale Formula 1 Mechanics set. It’s a Nikon-style SLR, which could be film or digital, but as Nikon DSLRs vary in size, the scale difference isn’t important.
Completed underside assembly (above) showing the full 4WD setup neatly detailed and moulded. The finished model (below) looks good, and has the correct 'sit' on that chunky rubber.
Revell Hummer H2
Parts: 87 including vinyl tyres, metal axles and six self-tapping screws
Assembled length: 185 mm (7.25 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 07186.
Revell-Germany for the Hummer kit.
Revell-Monogram for the earlier US issues.
The Hobby Company for Tamiya and Italeri.
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Click here for the Revell Hummer H2 and assorted others.