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Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 01:10 AM GMT+7
Trumpeter shares further details and photos of its large scale Abrams tank.
In service since 1980, the M1 Abrams main battle tank has been continually improved resulting into various types. One such version is the M1A1 AIM (Abrams Integrated Management). It was the product of a program that refurbished older units and then upgraded such with the installation of Forward-Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) and Far Target Locate sensors, a tank-infantry phone, communications gear, including FBCB2 and Blue Force Tracking, as well as a thermal sight for the .50 caliber machine gun.

Trumpeter’s US M1A1 AIM MBT (00926) is a 1/16 display kit that contains more than 1,300 parts in 22 sprues. It features details such as a multi-slide molded lower and upper hulls, individual track links, and photo-etched components. The model’s dimensions are 620mm (L) by 232mm (W) when built.

Background information sourced from Army-Guide.com and Wikipedia.
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Seems this M1 Abrams looks like not that good which not up to the great quality/accuracy of their 1/16 T-72B(a very nice kit even also a same version from RC . But the design of this 1/16 M1 somehow looks not come from the same person who designed their T-72B kit. a bit shame. Hope we can have some AM brand release some correction for this big boy..
MAY 18, 2017 - 09:54 AM
Kangaroos on decals implies can be built as Aussie, wonder if accurate to that?
MAY 19, 2017 - 02:11 AM
Looks like there is CITV shown in one of the photos, perhaps it can be built as the sep variant considering the hull does not match AIM? What do you think? Also, a question to experts here (Pawel?) - based on the photos, how accurate do you think it is? Is it worth the money over 1/35 kits the likes of Dragon and Meng? My wallet has been hurting with all these new Abrams releases... Thanks! Michal
MAY 19, 2017 - 02:57 AM
Only the upper part of CITV seems to be included, but not the base. And M1A2 commander weapon station is not inluded. So M1A2 cannot be built. I can't say much about accuracy yet (other than the wrong details on the rear left hull - and it's not really a SEP hull, as Trumpeter put a fuel filler cap right on the SEP panels...).
MAY 19, 2017 - 04:29 AM
Well, that's disappointing. I was looking forward to this, too.
MAY 19, 2017 - 06:44 AM
Not very. Not even for tanks in their "as delivered" configuration appropriate for that paint scheme. No refrigerator (bustle mounted, adjacent to the APU), no bustle rack extension, no umbrella holder, no TI on the CWS (though this is a relatively recent addition). The rest of the "Australian" markings are fiction.
MAY 19, 2017 - 08:33 AM
I think trumpeter should have another go at the turret for this kit
MAY 19, 2017 - 09:07 AM
Thank you, Pawel. It seems they will also release a separate sep kit then... As for accuracy, I suppose we need to wait for more photos. I remember a thread where it was disscussed that the kit has the ABC system panel mounted on both sides. And the manual seems to corroborate this...
MAY 19, 2017 - 04:58 PM
Can’t tell if there is anti skid or not. Sure would like to see USMC smoke grenade set up and extended bustle racks. Shapeways maybe?
MAY 19, 2017 - 05:16 PM
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