UM 1/72 T-80 Light Tank
|$8.98 ($7.97 at Squadron)|
|Scott Van Aken|
UM is a new name to me, but it does have a goodly number of kits in its inventory. I suspect that some of these may have come from other sources as the plastic kit arena in Ukraine is rather fluid with manufacturers appearing and disappearing with great regularity! Regardless, this is a really nice kit. The parts are flash free, there are no unwanted ejector pin marks and I could find no sink areas, so someone is doing things right. The tracks are multi-piece but done in segments so that long runs are together and the only areas for single tracks are around the sprocket and aft road wheel. It is obvious that some of these bits are used in other kits as the parts layout shows bits not used.
The kit looks to be relatively well detailed and not overly complex, as often happens with some of these small scale armor kits. Included is an etched fret, of which very little is actually used!
Instructions are superb and provide all the information needed in terms of excellent construction drawings. Paint information is provided by Humbrol paint numbers and generic names. I also think there is some sort of error with the overall color information as the instructions would have you paint the kit overall white. However, the color guide on the back of the box, shows Humbrol 86, a light olive color. The decal sheet is small and has markings for one tank of an unknown unit, time or place. This vehicle is shown on the box art.
I've always liked small scale armor kits and this one is a real beauty. A bit unusual as well, which adds to its desirability. If you are also into 1/72 armor and tired of Shermans and Panzers, then you should seriously consider this one.
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