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Wednesday, November 01, 2017 - 01:38 PM UTC
MiniArt extends the family of the T-55 with a T-55A Early model from 1965 with interior.
The kit has again amazing figures like a total parts count of 1304, of which 1111 are plastic, 167 are photoetch and 26 clear plastic. The tracks are made of individual track links, and torsion bars are workable.

The interior includes the V-55 engine, fighting compartment and driver compartment with the option of leaving the hatches open.

It will have also several building options:
  • With or without fitting for mine roller system.
  • Fitting options of deep wading equipment.
  • 2 types of fuel tanks.
  • 2 types of toolboxes.
  • 2 options of anti-rain cover for driver.
  • With or without gun mantlet cover.
  • 2 operating modes (day/night).
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Hello there, T-55A are used in Vietnam war ?
NOV 01, 2017 - 02:51 PM
So is this version or the one Miniart recently released (with the Syrian camo on box art) a relevant substitute for the older Tamiya T-55A? I am still learning about the T-55 so I am clearly no expert on the subject. I ask because I have an older MIG Productions Syrian T-55 conversion for the battle of Beirut circa 1982 resin set with the North Korean designed range finder, a KPV 14.5mm anti-aircraft gun and so on. This set was designed for Tamiya but wondering if one of these two new T-55 kits would be acceptable. Thanks.
NOV 01, 2017 - 09:53 PM
If the Mig set was for the Tamiya T-55A kit it should work on the new MiniArt T-55A. This is great news, now that I'm broke from repairing the water piping in the old house!
NOV 02, 2017 - 08:57 AM
They mention 2 types of fuel tanks, were there different types for a t-55, maybe one set does not have the handles molded on for people who like to replace them, or something like that?
NOV 02, 2017 - 03:37 PM
The differences is that one type has only one corner sliced off and the other has two sliced corners. The position of one of the handles is also different. The piping seems to be the same. It's a pity that they don't show the pages of the instructions, it would be clerly shown there .... There is a 3D-render which shows the different tanks, toolboxes and the sleeve where the barrel enters the mantlet. LINK Click the 3D-renders tab, fourth image from the left in the top row. Click on the thumb-nail to pop-up a slightly larger picture. There is a larger image "hidden" behind the pop-up one and this can be downloaded with a little downward arrow below the pop-up. Under the tab Content Box there are sprue images, sprue T and We contain the two types of fuel cells. Sprue We has the one with two faceted corners and one handle moved to the short edge of the fuel cell. The box-art in the first post above shows the type with two faceted corners. / Robin
NOV 02, 2017 - 05:28 PM
Thanks for that Robin, I had never noticed the different fuel tanks. You explained it perfectly.
NOV 03, 2017 - 02:59 AM
I got lucky and found a good image so I learned something Now I just need to figure out if it was early/late or just a random happening which controlled which tank got which fuel cells .... Maybe it's in the instructions .... / Robin
NOV 03, 2017 - 03:36 AM
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