Foreart 1/72 JLTV M1278 (2005)

This review is dedicated to Foreart 1/72 JLTV M1278 (2005). As you can guess from the name, kit copies US vehicle in small scale. Moreover, manufacturer promises a lot of features out of the box, so it will be interesting to see how those are copied. I guess M1278 itself doesn't require an extra introduction and there are some bigger scale options on the market. Well, now we have a perfect chance to assemble small build. Packaging is typical for this brand, and all frames come in separate bags. Let's open everything and take a closer look together.
By the way, here you can read review with previous release in the same scale.
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I recommend to watch the video above where I show all parts even closer.

I suggest we start with plastic frames. Here you will find turret parts as well as some interior elements for your vehicle.

Doors are separate and can be opened on your vehicle. Note that both sides have some features premolded out of the box.

Next sprue brings us suspension parts and more of interior elements. JLTV will have quite detailed suspension for its size, but the question is how to show it on finished model. Seats should be glued out of separate parts here.

I would recommend to open one of the doors as well, so that detailed interior won't be lost inside your model.

Here you can see various antennas as well as wheel rims and rearview mirrors. Don't worry, plastic rims is only one of the options you can use on your build.

Car body panels are molded on the next frame. Those are large elements with some premolded features. Nevertheless, attachment points should be easy to cut through, so I don't think you will have any issues here.

Main hull here comes as single-piece element. Such design will make it easier to get a nice result without worrying for alignment of separate pieces.

Note that bonnet is molded together with front mask. The lower armor shield also looks great out of the box. This approach to parts molding will definitely speed up the assembly process.

More parts are dedicated to rear section of the car. Both are also single-piece elements.

All these parts show what can be achieved with modern molding technology and why we as modelers are actually benefitting from it. :)

Clear parts look as good as in previous Fore Hobby releases. Note that kit doesn't features masks for those elements.

As it was mentioned before, kit includes two options for roadwheels. On the photo above you can see 3D-printed ones and photo below shows vinyl tires.

You will be free to choose between those and the extra set will go into your spare parts box.

Small PE fret and decals sheet will also come handy for a nice result. For PE parts I would recommend to have sharp tweezers and bending tool because otherwise it will be tricky to get the proper shape.

Note that kit offers a chance to choose out of three turret versions. Assembly manual is typical for this brand, and I show all pages in the video-review.

New model should be already available for purchase. In my opinion it is an interesting choice for modelers who would like to work on small scale build and still get a lot of features out of the box. The same reason is exactly why whole kit is not for beginners. All those small parts and PE elements will definitely make your life difficult without necessary experience. Nevertheless, if you don't have space for bigger scale build, but you want something very impressive - definitely check out this kit. Another great thing to remember is the inclusion of assembly options, so that you can pick the version you like the most.


  • Nice molding quality
  • Clever parts division
  • 3D parts and PE included
  • Great decals


  • No masks for clear parts

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