Trumpeter 1/35 M1A1/A2 Abrams 5 in 1
|NOTES:||Reboxing of previous kits, combines all previously released versions in one boxing.|
The M1 Abrams is
a third generation main battle tank (
First off, this is a very impressive kit since it allows the modeler to build one of five different variants. The choices are: a plain M1A1 HA, an M1A1 HA with two different mine clearing options, an early M1A2 and a Panther engineering vehicle. The kit is packaged in a very sturdy cardboard box to ensure none of the parts are broken in transit. The kit comprises 616 parts in 14 sprues, all the sprues are carefully packaged in plastic bagging for protection. For the tankís tracks, the modeler can choose to piece together plastic tracks from sprues or use the single piece rubber tracks. To enhance detail, a piece of plastic mesh is provided along with a brass chain and transparent plastic pieces to enhance the look of the optical equipment. Crew figures are provided along with rucksacks and equipment bags, unfortunately personal weapons such as rifles are not included.
inspection, the kit provides a very detailed Abrams
model. Details come in the form of
panel lines and raised detail that is perfect for dry brushing and weathering.
Of the large parts count many are tiny pieces for detailing, which will ensure a
lot of time dedicated to assembly. The plastic is well molded and almost free of
flash; ejector pin markings are almost nonexistent as well. The decal sheet
provides markings for five vehicles. The first option is an IFOR M1A1 HA painted
in brown with dark and light greens, another M1A1 is a USMC vehicle with mine
plow in desert tan, the final M1A1 is painted in a two tone desert tan and brown
scheme with the mine rollers attacked. The M1A2 is a trial model ĎA21í painted
in two tone desert tan and dark green, the final vehicle is an overall green M1
Panther engineering vehicle belonging to the
Trumpeterís 5 in 1 Abrams kit is an excellent model and a bargain too. After finishing the model there will be plenty of spare parts left over for future 1/35 Abrams builds. At 616 parts it is a daunting kit to build, fortunately the 26 page instructional manual is very clear and should provide no trouble as long as one dry fits all the pieces and reads the instructions carefully. I believe the 5 in 1 package is currently out of production, but it can still be found at many hobby shops and online. I recommend any of Trumpeterís 1/35 Abrams for any modern armor enthusiast with experience. These Trumpeter 1/35 Abrams kits are very complex, but are sure to provide plenty of hours of modeling and an impressive display piece when finished.
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