by: Adie Roberts [ ]
From the time of World War 1, the use of chains to drag vehicles out of mud has been a common sight. The Israeli Defence Force has been using and perfecting the use of the rear towing horn since the late forties early fifties.
Coming in Legends typical black shiny cardboard boxes which are quite sturdy especially when still shrink wrapped, a photo of the said contents lets you see what you are getting in the box.
Contents of the box are 18 parts on four resin blocks all in a light grey colour, one firm wire pole, one photo-etch sheet (small) and one chain just under 16cm. Also, one photo sheet showing the contents and showing where it all needs to be placed instructions.
So on to the main part of this resin kit and the tow horn the resin is very clean and crisp the detail what there is, is very good in particular the nut and bolt under magnification are quite realistic. The clamp with which it mounts to the tank / AFV is also very well made.
On to the smaller parts from this set which include various different types of U clamps, what really took my eye was the way they had moulded the large U-clamp with a bolt to lock it down and another smaller one that connects to the chain for towing.
Some smaller double U-clamps to hold the chain during moving some small resin pins. Two fixing plates very nicely done which fit on to the vehicle to hold the towing horn.
The photo-etch is very small sheet contains ten small plates with a hole in the middle Legend have put into this kit a gold coloured thin bar to use as a bolt so that you can make clamps to hold the chain. It also comes with two lengths of chain both of which are just under 16cm each length and look perfect for the job.
The instruction sheet is a very small and contains photos of the parts and shows you roughly where it all sits.
Legend Productions certainly are one of the top aftermarket producers of this type of product. The resin has been cast well with no real issues or air bubbles that can be seen. It will enhance any of the IDF AFV’s that you decide to place it on and on a diorama front well the uses are nearly endless with some imagination.