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T-55 Enigma
T-55 Enigma Conversion Set
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by: Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]


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The Enigma was an Iraqi modification during the first Gulf War to try to defeat some of the more advanced anti-tank weapons that would be unleashed on them by the coalition forces trying to retake Kuwait in 1991. This resin conversion by Legend will convert the Tamiya T-55A into the more modern and menacing T-55 Enigma. Editors note: There is also a recent release by Legend to convert this same kit into the Czech T-55 AM2B.

There was an older 2007 conversion available from Accurate Armour. As most modelers would expect Legend has produced a slightly less costly kit, however there are some notable differences between the two (the hatch for one). However we don't have the AA kit so this information is strictly given for you to make up your own mind which is best. Most likely if you are a fan of the T-55 Enigma you already knew this anyways.

The Kit

There are approximately 75 individual resin parts in this kit. It includes a brass photo-etch sheet, a brass rod, (2) thin brass wires, and a long coiled copper strand. Many of the smaller resin parts are attached to larger casting blocks and will require some careful cutting to remove. As with all resin kits or conversions, prior experience with resin is recommended for sets like this.

The resin castings look very clean and detailed. There are even weld detail on areas like the rear turret mounts. Since I am no expert on the Enigma (or the T-55 for that mater) I can't speak to the overall accuracy of this conversion, but judging from comparisons of what I can find on the web for the Enigma, this kit appears to be well researched, etc. However I did find photos of various elements that varied from tank to tank. The rear turret armor extension arms appears too long in one photo I found, but appeared absolutely correct in length when viewed on a side by side photo comparison.

The Instructions

The instructions are a single page (front and back) and in color. They provide shots of the completed kit and placement of parts, etc. They also show a photo of the starting top hull and what sections to remove. Parts are numbered in the photos and a part overview with numbers is provided to get your bearings. No reference photos of actual full scale subjects is provided.

Final Observations

This conversion would appear to build up to a very close replica of the Enigma. The cost ($50-70) of this product may put off some modelers. However the cost of the base Tamiya kit is actually low with some online sellers so that should help in that regard. I would be curious to hear from some of our subject experts on the differences between this kit and other stratch-built or vendor-made alternatives. Another question I would pose to readers is (after looking at several Legend products) how do you react to box art showing an un-completed model? Do you think you would be more or less interested if the box art showed both the completed kit (fully weathered, etc) and a show of the resin components (as it does now)?
SUMMARY
Highs: Resin parts are well detailed and very little excess flash or mold issues.
Lows: Cost may be prohibitive to some modelers, but the cost of the Tamiya kit may be helpful in that regard.
Verdict: For modelers looking to start an Iraqi T-55 Enigma, this certainly looks like a good place to start.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: LF1216
  Suggested Retail: $60 (USD)
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  PUBLISHED: Apr 22, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Iraq / لعربية
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.91%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.07%

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...

Copyright 2017 text by Jim Starkweather [ STAFF_JIM ]. 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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looks real nice, and an interesting subject too.
APR 22, 2011 - 03:54 PM
I would love to do a build blog on that one if possible, I could also compare it with the Verlinden Enigma set I have.... Herky
APR 22, 2011 - 04:06 PM
It would be great to see how the conversion fits to Tamiya kit... comparison with other Enigma conversions is deifintely a bonus for this kind of review. You have my vote. Mario
APR 23, 2011 - 02:10 AM
Good reviews on those Legend sets (I might tackle these someday..) anyway to answer your question at the end of the review, I prefer the boxart with the components, resion and/or PE , you kinda know what your paying for, it might not be appealing but you won't get fooled. Imagine a T-55 with all the bells n' whistles , stowage, fenders, fuel lines, etc... fully weathered and then you open your $80 resin set with 2 or 3 resin pieces
APR 26, 2011 - 12:06 AM
I agree, photos of unfinished models for me. I like to know what I'm looking at before I buy it, especially if my only outlet is online.
APR 26, 2011 - 02:14 AM
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