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USMC M1A1HA w. TWMP

by: Andreas Hueger [ AHUEGER ]


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The kit can be build OOTB into a decent representation of a USMC M1A1HA, however it can be improved even without the use of expensive add-ons. Although the box art shows a use during Desert Storm the USMC did not field this tank at that time.

 

ENGINE GRILLE
The engine grillwork needs the addition of a section under the existing part. Due to the complexity I used a negative form and lead foil for it. The form is rather easy done and can be re-used for your next TRUMPETER or TAMIYA kit as well. It is made of plastic strips glued together, the top one is a piece of 15 x 8 mm and the lower part 18 x 8 mm:

 

FENDERS
The kits' fender spring mechanism can be improved by cutting the moulded parts and replacing them by a piece of wiring bend into "L" shape.

 

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TURRET
Naturally the turret is the area where you can add the most. A must is the connection to the turrets' APU, as it is missing but is rather easy to create by cutting a triangle piece of styrene strip to length and connect it via a small square box to the channel. Part F22, the big block near the APU will need a bit more detail as it really is a two piece part and not a monoblock. The APU can be improved by adding hinges and handles but is basically acceptable, too.Also you may replace the handles for the turrets stowage boxes and add two more each for the tie downs of the additional ammo boxes at the front end trays of these boxes.A few handles and closures should be added to the loader's hatch. The CWS may be improved by adding a few bolts and a cover for the periscope.

 

CONCLUSION
All in all the kit was a pleasure to build, even if you do not add all those bits and pieces you will end up with a nice interesting kit as the TWMP really makes a difference. The fording kit my add further to this. A nice idea is the selection of single links tracks or the usual vinyl tracks that I do still prefer. This way you do not need to be an expert Yogi to have all that patience those tracks may need!

SUMMARY
Percentage Rating
60%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 00335
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  PUBLISHED: Nov 01, 2002
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 45.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 84.63%

About Andreas Hueger (ahueger)
FROM: NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN, GERMANY

Copyright 2017 text by Andreas Hueger [ AHUEGER ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of TankRat's. All rights reserved.


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