The Carl Gustaf is an 84 mm man-portable reusable anti-tank recoilless rifle produced by Saab Bofors Dynamics (formerly Bofors Anti-Armour AB) in Sweden. Although most rounds fired by the Carl Gustaf work on the classic recoilless principle, modern rounds sometimes add a post-firing booster that technically make it a rocket launcher.
Carl Gustaf ammunition options include multiple versions of high-explosive anti-tank rounds, a high-explosive dual-purpose round, an anti-structure munition, a multi-target tandem charge round, an area-defense munition (for close-in protection), a high-explosive (airburst or impact) round and both smoke and illumination rounds. These options provide users with significant tactical flexibility.
(adapted from: https://www.tactical-life.com)
Live Resin recently released Carl Gustaf M3 Multi-role Anti-armor Anti-tank Weapon System (MAAWS) (LRE-35326)
and Carl Gustaf ammo and ammo boxes (LRE-35327)
, both in 1/35 scale. This review covers the latter, while the reviews of other Live Resin sets published on Armorama can be accessed here: link
The set is packed in a zip-lock bag safely secured between hard cardboard backings. The CAD box art images show the contents of the set.
The kit consists of two identical resin carrier sprues with 5 pieces each. The pieces depict:
- ammo round,
- closed container,
- open container,
- open container with round,
- container cap.
The quality of Live Resin kits is always very high and this set is no exception to the rule. I found no imperfections in the cast and the grey resin features a ton of details impressively defined in scale.
Carl Gustaf recently found a new life as a bunker-buster system using the 84mm ASM 509 (Anti-Structure Munition), designed specifically for destroying buildings and other types of urban constructions. This set delivers ASM 509 round and its container in 1/35 scale. The research Iíve done indicates the ASM round is correctly shaped, but I havenít been able to find the dimensions of the round, so I canít comment on the accuracy in size. The special plastic container is nicely depicted and offered in three slightly different variants. I do like the variety, however Iíd prefer the set included additional closed containers as I feel these are the most useful part of the set.
US Special Forces have been using Carl Gustaf from the 1990s. The weapon has proven its worth in Afghanistan as it is versatile, cheap, easy to handle and packs a powerful punch even at long range. Thus, many photos from Afghanistan show the weapon and a lot of 84mm ammo containers stowed of SF vehicles.
Carl Gustaf ammo and ammo boxes (LRE-35327) from Live Resin is a very nice set, offering 10 pieces of Carl Gustaf ammo and ammo containers in 1/35 scale. The set is perfectly cast in resin with the details impressively delivered. If you are interested in modeling SF vehicles, both Carl Gustaf M3 Multi-role Anti-armor Anti-tank Weapon System (MAAWS) (LRE-35326) and Carl Gustaf ammo and ammo boxes (LRE-35327) are a must.
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