Franklin Mint B11A870 US Army M966 Humvee - Operation Enduring Freedom, 2003 (1:24 Scale)
"In war, there is no second prize for the runner-up."
- General Omar Bradley
On March 22nd, 1983 the U. S. Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command awarded the AM General Division of LTV Aerospace and Defense (now AM General Corporation) a $1.2 billion contract to produce 55,000 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV, pronounced Humvee), to be delivered in 15 different configurations over a five year period. The contract included an option to increase the number of vehicles purchased by 100 percent during each of the five option years. The Army eventually ordered an additional 15,000 option vehicles raising the totals to 70,000 vehicles and $1.6 billion. It was the largest multiyear contract for tactical wheeled vehicles ever awarded by the U.S. Army.
Known officially as the M998 Series and nicknamed the HUMMER, this technologically advanced 1 1/4-ton, 4x4, multipurpose vehicle answered the armed forces' need for superior mobility in a tactical field environment. It was versatile, mobile, and fast, and replaced an assortment of vehicles, including: some M151s (1/4-ton utility vehicles (the old "jeep"), all M274s (1/4-ton Mules), all M561s (1-1/2-ton Gama Goats), and some M880s (1 1/4-ton pick-up trucks).
Now The Franklin Mint has created a fantastic 1:24 scale diecast replica of the US Army Humvee. Fully authorized and authenticated by AM General Corporation, makers of the Humvee, this testament to American engineering is equipped with scale-size TOW missiles and an armament ring that rotates a full 360. Doors and hood opens to reveal a fully detailed interior and engine compartment. This particular Humvee is painted in a tri-color European camouflage scheme, which was employed during Operation Enduring Freedom. Sold Out!
Length: 7-3/4 inches
Historical Account: From Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom, it's been the soldier's best friend -- as a troop carrier, ambulance or an assault vehicle capable of engaging the enemy on virtually any terrain. This sensational 1:24 die-cast model captures every extraordinary feature of the real Humvee -- from the fully detailed engine and realistic interior to the intricate undercarriage. The hood and all four doors open and close. There is operable steering, and both the front and rear suspension systems are fully functional. You can lift open the rear hatch lid, fold down the front bumper and tailgate. The armament ring rotates a full 360.
Hand-painted in authentic camouflage, and equipped with scale-size re-creations of machine guns and TOW missiles. Move up to the front lines of collecting!