This time, I will make a modern tank after a long time. I have made a military truck once before, but I haven’t made a modern tank since last March. I chose the M1A2 Abrams tank released by VOIIO. Abrams Tank is the first tank selected in this blog, and it’s been 13 years since then.
The plastic is a little soft. I think it is in contrast to the dry plastic feeling of the Italian kit. It’s easy to work. It’s amazing that the assembly instruction manual is all color. It seems that CG is used a lot for the illustration. The first assembly process is from the rear of the tank.
The molding color is unusual. It is a part color like German gray. I don’t know much about the manufacturer VOIIO well, it for the first time, so I will make it according to the assembly instruction.
I thought it would be easy to glue for plastic, but it didn’t work at all. Even though I used an instant adhesive, I couldn’t get the adhesion strength I expected. I thought the recent belt type is easy to attach, but it’s not so.
I saw a movie called “Under sandet = LAND OF MINE” yesterday. Shortly after the war, young German soldiers are being mobilized to clear mines laid on the Danish coast. It was quite a tragic story, but it made me think a lot and it was an interesting movie. I recommend it.
In the end, I was worried about using only glue, so I used a stapler to fix the connecting part of the track more firmly. If I make this part a hidden part with a side armor, I think there will be no problem with the appearance.
There are not so many parts and it is easy to assemble. The belt type is also the reason. I usually like the connected assembly type, but if I can hide this much with a side armor, the belt type is no problem. The mold is nice and looks like it is bent at the connection of the track.
The Remote Weapon System (RWS) is mounted in front of the commander’s hatch, and the M2-machine gun is mounted on the M153 CROWS II (remote-controlled gun turret). The 7.62 mm machine gun M240 is also mounted on a rail-like gun rack around the loader hatch. It means that the power of small firearms has been increased by the strengthening of urban warfare capability.
The rubber caterpillar and wheels are not bonded so far. I don’t think I can fix it well even with superglue, so I thought it would be better not to work with it. If you are concerned about this part, the plastic caterpillar is a little more convenient. If I’m concerned about this, the plastic separated tracks are convenient.
The markings are for the U.S. Army stationed in Germany in 2017. The 1st Battalion of the 2nd Armored Brigade, the 66th Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. By the way, I think the arrow mark on the side armor is the company mark and it is the tank number 32 of B company.
The Combat Identification Panels (CIP) on the left, right, and rear are attached with radiant heat reducing tape. In the thermographic image, the temperature is relatively lower than the surrounding temperature, and it is darkened, making it easy to identify friends and foes. I think the main way to identify friends and foes is not to rely on visual observation. I suppose it is automatically judged by sending an identification signal.
They are cans for drinking water and reserve fuel. But I’ve heard that Abrams is a gas turbine engine, and I wonder what these fuels are used for. Is it the fuel for the stove when they cook? But I have an image that the U.S. military always eats the ration.
VOIIO Abrams is very easy to make. Only the belt caterpillar was a little hard to handle. The picture of the box is so cool that I bought it on impulse spending, but I’m glad I bought it. Many manufacturers have released the same tanks, so I would like to make and compare them. But there are too many to make. I also have MENG in stock, so I want to make one someday.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.