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M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank: 1:35 scale
The M1 Abrams entered service in 1980 as the US Army’s new main battle tank to replace the M60 series. Over time, the M1 evolved from its original 105mm M68 L/52 main gun in common with the earlier M60A1/A3 to the Rheinmetall 120mm smoothbore M256A1 L/44 gun also used by the Leopard 2 tank. In addition to its advanced armor protection and fire control system, the Abrams was the first to employ a gas turbine engine for propulsion in place of the conventional diesel engines used by nearly all other modern tanks. This combination made the Abrams a very agile and formidable weapon system on the battlefield. Since its introduction, the Abrams has been remanufactured into newer and more capable configurations including the M1A1 which introduced the 120mm gun and the M1A1 AIM (Abrams Integrated Management) which modernizes the tank with improved sensors and digital situational awareness. The M1A1 continues as the main battle tank of the US Marine Corps.
Italeri produced this M1A1 Abrams in 1/35 scale some time back and has been reissued periodically. This kit captures the details of the standard U.S. Army issue M1A1 as it appeared before going to Desert Shield/Storm. This kit is molded in tan styrene and presented on four parts trees plus a group of resin parts.
Among the features and options in this kit:
- No motorization holes in lower hull
- T158 link and length track
- Correct details on hulls and turret
- Choice of APU on rear turret basket or rear of hull
- Positionable crew hatches
- Detailed driver’s crew station in resin
- Some details provided inside of turret
- Positionable engine deck hatches and rear engine doors
- Detailed engine and transmission
- Detailed battery compartment
This kit has lots of potential. If you have an M88 ARV kit handy, this would make a nice diorama or vignette depicting an engine change in the field. That resin engine will look great whether it is in the engine compartment or next to the tank. While this kit depicts the tank as it would look between 1985 and 1990, there are aftermarket updates out there to add the various details to bring the tank up to date including TUSK I and TUSK II armor kits.
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