I am not sure there has ever been a four wheeled vehicle made for the civilian market that is “pound for pound” tougher than the H1 Hummer. The name Hummer has become synonymous with being the best off road vehicle the average guy can buy. For the price, Maisto has made a really good looking model of the H1 4 door wagon.
The Maisto’s 1:18 Hummer 4 door wagon model that I have is solid black with a combination of metal and plastic. The model has great detail such as the rivets, locks, tow hooks, running lights, mesh grill,suspension, hummer labeling on the body and rugged tires with the CTIS self inflating labels. I think for the price level of the model, Maisto did an awesome job with the undercarriage detail. The interior is adequate with a fair amount of detail. The hood and all four doors open. If you unhook the locks on the hood you can see the 6.5 turbo diesel.
History of the H1 Hummer
The Hummer H1 lineage goes back to the competition from the U.S. Army’s need for a High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) in 1979. Against such competitors like Teledyne and Chrysler Defense, a company called AM General conceived from scratch the original HUMMER for military use. In 1983, The Army placed an initial order for 55,000 vehicles and the Hummer’s place in vehicle history was secured. Due to photos from the Gulf War and the enthusiasm of Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 1992 AM General announced plans to build the H1 based on the M998 Humvee. Four body options for the H1 included the convertible soft top, a four-door hard top sport utility truck, alpha wagon, and a two-door pickup truck. Between 1992 and 2004, a little more than 11,000 H1’s were sold.
AM General sold the Hummer name and the rights to market and distribute Hummer vehicles to General Motors in 1999. AM General continue to manufacture the Hummer including the H2 and H3.
By 2006, the Hummer had evolved into the H1 Alpha in which “across the board” improvements were made. Between 700 and 800 were sold.
In 2006 higher oil prices, tighter emission controls, and lower consumer demand brought the decision to quit manufacturing the H1 for civilian markets.
The Hummer H1 has definitely made its place in automobile folklore. With its tough look, proven off road performance, and heroic military pedigree, It will stay in the auto lover community’s conscious for a long time. You gotta love that air filter too. As far as Maisto model of the H1, I think it is awesome for the price(Between $30-$45).
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