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Hi, Here I start new kit build - Marines M60A1 from the Gulf War. This is the ultimate US version of this tank with RISE (Reliability Improvements for Selected Equipment) improvement pack. In particular, it eliminated large IR projector over the barrel, replacing that with passive "starlight" scopes for a driver, gunner and commander. Another change was the installation of Continental AVDS-1790-2C engine boosting engine power. Smoke discharges were added too. This model with represent vehicle C-12 from 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 3rd Tank Battalion USMC, Regimental Task Force Ripper during the operation Desert Storm in 1991. At the deployment to the Gulf region tanks were retrofitted with explosive reactive armour to increase crew protection. I have chosen this particular vehicle due to its camouflage features. Most of the tanks were repainted in whole to sand colour, but some of them retained their original MERDC Gray Desert camouflage, with all added ERA panels painted in sand colour. I think it may be quite striking visually. Therefore build will have 2 main parts. First build the tank and paint it in MERDC Gray desert, then add separately painted ERA panels with all bracing needed. First impressions looking at the kit are very good. There's very nicely represented cast texture on the hull and turret. The tank has classic yet intriguing shape with asymmetric turret - real Cold War warrior. I skip inbox presentation as it can be elsewhere online. I have started a build by connecting a bottom and top hull. However manual suggest making running gear and underside equipment first, I decided to change an order as fitting hull requires applying some pressure which could damage some delicate parts. After drilling all attachment holes and installing driver's periscopes and obviously careful cleaning of the parts all fit nicely. I couldn't resist not to do the same with a turret Now I will add all running gear and rest of the hull details.
USMC Tank Crew at Rest (37049) 1:35 MiniArt via Creative Models War is often described as interminable boredom punctuated by moments of terror, so on balance if you drop-in on a soldier randomly, you'll either find them training, or if they're deployed there's a good chance they'll be filling their time with some kind of recreation once the daily tasks are completed. The Marines despicted in this set are doing just that. Arriving in a standard figure box with one of MiniArt's excellent paintings on the front, this set contains four modern USMC tankers waiting for their call to whatever-it-is, and relaxing as they see fit. Each figure is split into separate legs, torso, head and arms, with additional parts for scarves, hats, scarves, gloves, and a few parts of the sides of a plate carrier, so that the MOLLE loops carry on around the torso. One guy in shades is stretched out with his back against something with his arms behind his head catching some rays, with another sitting looking off to his left. Figures three and four are both stood, one resting on something around waist height, the other about to thrown an American Football to someone that either isn't in the box, or isn't expecting a ball up the side of the head. They are all wearing tanker overalls, with a variety of headwear from a knitted beanie, parade cap or brimmed Boonie to the sun-worshipper with no hat at all. Two of the guys have their gloves protruding from pockets, as if they have been stuffed in there whilst dismounting their Abrams HA. Sculpting is excellent, and MiniArt know how to break down a figure for best effect and ease of construction. There is a little flash on my example however, but that's of the type that's easily scraped off, and is far better than short-shot parts! Poses, features and fabric sculpting are all on-point, with differing faces to such an extent that the figure in the plate carrier can be identified as African-American from the sculpt, not just from the boxtop painting. As usual, the painting guide covers a myriad of manufacturers, including Vallejo, Mr Color, LifeColor, Tamiya, Testors, AK Real Color, Humbrol, Revell, plus names in Ukraine and English, with little colour swatches on the far left for anyone else. Another superb set of figures from MiniArt, and yes you do get the egg-shaped football in the set! Review sample courtesy of
This was built a while ago when Gulf War stuff was all the rage! This is the Tamiya kit in 1/35th scale and is sprayed with Xtra Colour Desert Sand enamel and weathered with Oils This takes me back a bit!