MBITR shells & Toy Soldier working radio comparison

There are many reviews on MBITR replica shells out there and some (more or less) interesting ones about working radio replicas (e.g. Toy Soldier, Dragon Red Airsoft etc.) but there are certain things that are not talked about or can`t be seen in detail very often.
I`d like to fill some of these gaps – step into my little radio world… πŸ™‚

Here is a side by side comparison:

1 = Toy Soldier PRC-148 shell / dummy
2 = Toy Soldier PRC-148 style working radio (1 GEN – without orig. mil connectors)
3 = Spartan Airsoft PRC-148 shell / dummy
4 = Z Tactical PRC152 shell / dummy

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I`ve modded all of my oldskoolish Toy Soldier shells (#1) with original U-183/U- and real antenna connectors.

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In the next pic you`ll see that my Spartan MBITR (#3) has a Thales audio/keyfill replica adapter installed. I think it looks the shit and is not often seen these days πŸ™‚

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For those who are not familiar with the adapter, check the product description and picture from the Thales website:

Audio/keyfill adapter allows the use of standard keyfill devices with the maritime version of the radio. (Not required for urban version MBITR.) The adapter also allows the use of 6-pin audio devices with the maritime version of the radio, though this is not recommended for standard operations.
NSN: 5995-01-487-1149

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Some reference shots from the audio/keyfill adapter “in action”: (click to enlarge)

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Here`s a picture of the adapter made by Spartan Airsoft:

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This adapter is only for the looks – as you can see there is really nothing in there! πŸ™‚

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Spartan Airsoft`s adapter is extremely well made (super solid metal) and will be impossible to be broken! It`s build like a tank, does look the part and will never give up – if your adapter will ever break your shell will be vanished from earth a long time before!

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If you are a geek like me you won`t be satisfied with a radio part that is only for the looks πŸ˜‰ and i wanted to use my original PTTs with U-183/U connectors. At the end i got an scratchbuilt adapter directly from a guy in Japan who is doing all this stuff by himself in his little apartment. The price for it was twice as much as the whole Spartan MBITR package (+extras) but i wanted it and i am extremely happy with it!
(The material from Spartan seems superior and better looking but i don`t really care. I`ve already thought about trying to mod the Spartan adapter with U-183/U connectors myself but i already sold the Spartan version so it`s too late… πŸ˜‰ )

Side by side comparison (Left: Spartan Airsoft / Right: Japanese guy`s version):

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The downleads from the U-183/U connector to the radio (same procedure as always):

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TO BE CONTINUED… πŸ™‚

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~ by geardoshit on January 15, 2011.

 
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