Fore Hobby 1/72 M109A7 Paladin (2002)

This review is dedicated to Fore Hobby 1/72 M109A7 Paladin (2002). Kit comes as second release from relatively young brand. It is also molded in small scale and contains various multimedia bonuses for fine features. Scimitar model from Fore Hobby proved to be a quite nice thing to work on, so this kit will be interesting to check together. M109A7 is a recognisable howitzer which participated in several conflicts and is being used in current wars as well. Now we have a chance to copy it in the small scale. Packaging is typical for this brand, so all frames come in the separate plastic bags. Let's open them and take a closer look together.
By the way, here you can read review with Scimitar from the same brand.
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Watch this video where I show all parts even closer.

We are going to start with the biggest sprue in the kit. Here you will find various parts including large stowage box for the turret.

Note that rear wall comes with separate doors which can be assembled open. Kit features plastic main barrel, but it is better to use the parts which you will see further in the article.

Drivetrain parts come on two similar frames. You will find roadwheels, track parts as well as some of the suspension bits.

Kit doesn't feature masking templates, so you will have to paint rubber sections with your own tools. Plastic tracks will come handy for a better appearance of the whole build.

As a small reminder that this kit is made in 1/72 scale, some parts are very tiny and will require tweezers.

Modern design can be seen in the turret part. It comes as single-piece element with some of the things premolded. Hatches can be positioned open if necessary.

Lower hull section is molded together with suspension arms. Such design should make it easier to have the right alignment between those parts.

More turret panels come on the separate frame. Molding quality looks great here as well.

Top hull section is also a one-piece part. Only one hatch is separate here, while all others are molded in.

Fore Hobby supplies metal part for the main barrel. This thing looks very nice and whole model appearance will definitely benefit from such bonus.

Nevertheless, there are more - 3D printed parts for various external features. This is something what wasn't included in Scimitar kit, but it is a welcome addition.

Of course, we also get unpainted PE fret with various meshes. Decals sheet is not that big, but printing quality looks fine to me.

Here you can see assembly options for your Paladin. Assembly manual is printed in black-and-white. I show all pages in the video-review.

New Paladin should be already available for order. In my opinion this kit continues line of nice models from Fore Hobby. Don't mind the scale, even in this size they managed to copy a lot of features. Moreover, it is nice to see various bonuses included, as those will come handy for fine details on the howitzer. The only thing to keep in mind is the size of the finished model. This will definitely require some certain skills in order to assemble something cool and paint it properly. :)


  • Nice molding quality
  • Clever parts division
  • PE, metal and 3D-printed parts
  • Good decals
  • Several assembly options


  • No painting templates

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