3.23.2016

Modelling projects: M1 Abrams

The next project I'm going over is a 1/72nd scale Hasegawa M1 Abrams. It is the newest of the kits and the decals are in fine condition so I will be able to use them.







The kit went together alright, lining up the hull top to its bottom was slightly tricky (I might have had to trim something to get it to fit ). 


the roadwheels were an enjoyable assembly with this kit, I was able to to paint the rubber rims with considerable ease, and the result was nice. The flat black paint really makes them looks like rubber.


The kit also includes a commander figure, who has not progressed very far and I might repaint him.


Overall, it is a simple kit, I still need to finish adding detail pieces, but what is holding the project up is the tracks. The tracks are hard plastic with lengths for the top and bottom runs, as well as where the tracks bend around the drive sprocket and idler. The idler/drive sprocket bits are not molded in a bended position and the instructions want the builder to make knife cuts in the sections then bend them. Yeah right.

So once I get new tracks the project should be quickly finished. This and the Stug III may be my last tank models for awhile, as I have become more interested in aircraft, and since they don't have tracks and wheels, they are perhaps simpler to build.-Andrew

6 comments:

  1. Nice! The Abrams is a personal favorite of mine. Its the one tank that makes me wish WT would extend its timeline to modern day.
    But any way nice job on the model!

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    1. Yeah, it would be possible too, the biggest challenge (other than designing all those vehicles) would be the complete aircraft transition from guns to missles. Not to mention when they add naval units (the battleship kind of died after WW2) Thanks!

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  2. Cool tank. Will you paint it desert camo or leave it green?

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    1. I will leave it green since I think it is an early 105mm version. I think the 120mm versions were more prevalent for the gulf wars.

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  3. This was my dream when I was younger. Building model military vehicles. Now it's morphed into lego but I still have a fondness for the Abrams.

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    1. Yeah, it is really too bad that Lego never did military stuff. Not that people don't just make their own though.

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