It is an anti-aircraft vehicle of the US Marine Corps. I built it from February to March 2009.

Box package of USMC LAV-AD Air Defense Trumpeter 1/35

It is an antiaircraft armament equipment type of LAV series. These are mainly deployed to US Marine Corps.

chassis making, USMC LAV-AD Air Defense Trumpeter 1/35

The under the chassis is complex feature of eight-wheel. Additionally, it is an amphibian motor car, it equips the screws and rudders on both sides.

Assemble completed of USMC LAV-AD Air Defense Trumpeter 1/35

It is easy for me to assemble this kit for moderate amounts of photo-etched parts. No need for adjustment of the upper and lower body assembly, nice fitting.

Jerrican on the back door, USMC LAV-AD Air Defense Trumpeter 1/35

Jerrican on the back door are from an accessories kit of Tamiya.

USMC LAV-AD Air Defense Trumpeter 1/35

Since plastic might melt to touch directly surface of the rubber tire, I painted lacquer paints between parts and tire. Masking tape was attached for painting window flame.

Dragon U.S. TANK CREW set

He is one of the Dragon U.S. TANK CREW set. Such tank soldier’s injection kit is rare and valuable.

Basic painting in dark green

Basic painting in dark green.

USMC LAV-AD Air Defense Trumpeter 1/35 build and painting to finish

LAV is stand for Light Armored Vehicle, it was developed as a combat vehicle of the urgent dispatched forces. The crew is three people.

amphibious vehicle, USMC LAV-AD

It is an amphibious vehicle, and it is possible to move at the speed of 100km per hour on the road and 10km per hour on the water. Two screws are attached to the back. I equipped five barrels 25mm Gatling gun and four stinger surface to air missile rocket launcher, you can choose various armaments as you wish. It is the mixed of armaments that can target on from long distance to close-in.

crew’s camouflage, USMC LAV-AD

The coloring of crew’s camouflage is not so good. Is green unnatural?

Rear view of USMC LAV-AD Air Defense Trumpeter 1/35 build and painting to finish

The length between the tire is close. I suppose it’s for the ability of running on the bad road.

Front face of USMC LAV-AD Air Defense Trumpeter 1/35

After I had painted in orange and Silver, painted clear coat to make them shiny. I think from this angle it the best shot.

8 wheel armored car, USMC LAV-AD Air Defense Trumpeter 1/35

I suppose the decals of the small words should have been pasted on the clear surface to prevent silvering.


Should I paint out the back such as the rocket Launcher back side? Orange and Silver lights on the front and red lights on the back side are considerably good accents.

weathering on the window, USMC LAV-AD

I did a little weathering on the window for natural taste.

USMC LAV-AD Air Defense Trumpeter 1/35 build and painting to finish

I think the surface become dirty when walking on the upper surface with boots. There was the photo that I couldn’t see the basic painting with dust covered the Gulf War.

Completed of USMC LAV-AD Light Armored Vehicle Air Defense

This kit was very interesting that I could assemble many kinds of armaments.

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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