T-72M1 (T-72A) Corrected
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||23 Euro (approx. USD$20)
||Accurate outline and addresses
omissions from Tamiya kit turret; high quality casting; crisp details.
||Solid cast main turret piece.
Reviewed by Philip Goudin
JS-Models of Finland produces a replacement resin turret for the
Tamiya T-72M1, kit number 35160. This replacement is offered as a solid
resin casting to which smaller details such as hatches, smoke grenade
dischargers, storage boxes, lifting hooks and IR projectors have to be
added from a donor Tamiya turret.
This turret correctly addresses the problems inherent with the turret
included in the Tamiya T-72M1 kit. The errors addressed are that its
roof top slopes up too much, the turret sides are rounded off too much
and they also do not protrude out far enough. Additonally, the turret
front is shaped wrong. All these faults can be discerned when comparing
the original kit turret with photos of the actual vehicle.
Other corrected details include the wiring for the 902A/B smoke
grenade dischargers that have been added, these run to the base of each
discharger. The gun mantel top is smaller in size compared to the Tamiya
part and the X-shaped characteristic of tanks fitted with 2A46 gun is
present. The gunner LRF/Day site box has had the window wiper motor
added, the periscope in front of the gunners hatch is improved and has
its cover added.
A characteristic feature that is also missing from the Tamiya T-72M1
turret is the casting number just in front of the tank commandersí
cupola, these numbers are present on the JS-Models turret. There are no
instructions provided with the turret due probably in part to it being a
single piece but they do provide a black and white sheet with five good
pictures of Finish Army T-72M1 tanks. A real T-72M1 was used as
reference to produce this turret.
I would recommend this turret to anyone who is building a Tamiya
T-72M1; it greatly improves the look of the model.
Price is 23 Euro and the only distributor of the JS-Models product is
T:mi Kuivalainen web store,
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Last updated 22 July, 2003
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