T-80U RUSSIAN MAIN BATTLE TANK Xact 1/35

T-80U Xact 1/35 BOX PACKAGEIt is a Xact T-80U. I bought it several years ago, it’s really good looks. I was hoping to release various items to Xact, but I wonder they had exhausted with the first few items? Unfortunately, I have not seen signs of activity for the last few years.

T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKINGWhen I start to assemble, the hardness of the plastic is my preference.

T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKINGRegrettably, a caterpillar was twisted in a box. I fixed it by pressing with a finger, but is this the limit? There are many tracks hidden by the side armor, so if a flat surface down, there is no problem. Even so, the Caterpillar is the life of a tank, I wanted Xact to be put more care. I also had a Trumpeter kit, I wonder I have both a belt and a link tracks in that kit, but there’s not such a nice story.

T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKINGVery light thick wire rope of vinyl material is attached. It is a material I have never encountered before. It is a kind of material used for Christmas trees or Christmas leases. I stuck them with instant adhesive for the time being.

T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKINGA fine marking mold can be seen on the reserve fuel tank.
(06-December-2017)

T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKINGBehind the AFV body, various parts are pretty complicated and it is more difficult to assemble than it looks. It might have been better to install the wire rope a bit later. But at the very end, I can not install it messed up. Well, it may be fine if parts are misaligned but firmly glued.

T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKINGThe caterpillar has a moderate tension and was naturally flattened even though it did not adhere to the road wheels. This caterpillar was glued with instantaneous adhesive. I think that the adhesive for ordinary plastic could also be used. I have a memory of the belt is connected with the plastic adhesive. I did not remember much though I worked a few days ago.

T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKINGUnfortunately, it was impossible to move up and down as the barrel was fixed. Horizontal shooting position is a good-looking appearance. There is another option to put a plastic board at the root, and was a little more upswing is better, maybe.

T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKINGI postponed the most unwilling work. It is a work to make a fender cover by creating delicate curves of parts of a single piece of the brass plate. I softly bent it with a round metal bar on the eraser or bent it little by little pliers and it went well.

T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKING T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKINGThere is no simplicity like the KV tank or T-34 in WWII, both turret and body have many parts. Especially, the turret is about half of all the assembling process and it is an unexpectedly hard task. The parts are small and hard, but it seems a good sense of precision.

I finally bought Fire HD 10 at the Amazon sale. I’m afraid that it seems to be all my life tied up with Amazon, such as video contents and music.
(10-Dec-2017)

T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKING T-80U Xact 1/35 MAKINGThe gun barrel is very long and it seems to be powerful anyhow, seems to be a strong tank. After completing the assembly, you can use the belt caterpillar as long as the mold is good, I think it’s no need to change to connected plastic tracks.

T-80U Xact 1/35 PAINTINGI am planning to paint camouflage after coating with a black and white gradation. There were a lot of complicated parts, so I blew black painting completely for prevention of missed spots.

T-80U Xact 1/35 PAINTINGIt’s getting colder so I will hesitate to airbrush paint by opening the window.

T-80U Xact 1/35 PAINTINGIt is in the middle of the two-color camouflage painting. The painting instruction is the color mixture of Tamiya acrylic paint. Because I’m Creos paint user, I choose Mr. Color #321 light brown and #303 Green FS34102. There is a gradation of light and shadow, it does not have to be chosen so nervously.

T-80U Xact 1/35 PAINTINGThe decals included in the kit are quite simple and have only numbers. Since there is no particular explanation as to where the number to paste, let’s arrange it by myself referring to real AFV photographs.
(13-December-2017)

Fujimi's new year lucky bag 2017-2018 10000 yen setFujimi’s new year lucky bag, a special IJN 10000 yen set arrived. Ya! lucky! I want to say so, but I am very sorry for the items, personally. Battleship Yamato’s pre-commissioning maintenance Diorama set, battleship Hiei, aircraft carrier Taiho, heavy cruiser Chokai only 4 boxes only. Hmmm, maybe I thought that I was mistakenly sent as a set of 5000 yen, so I checked the slip but it’s right. Yamato Diorama is a problem that the price is 21,000 yen. Really? This kit includes Yamato at the time of commissioning and aircraft carrier Hosho. Even if diorama’s bonus parts are attached, 20,000 yen is too high. I did not have much experience of ship models, I was planning to make Yamato after raising my skill, but I guess that the kit will come in such an unexpected way. Should I buy optional photo-etched parts and make it with equipment in 1939, or should I make a diorama regarding kit box photo? I don’t know how many people are saying it is a lucky rare item, but I guess it was pressed as inventory disposal. If there are about 8 boxes of ordinary kits and one set of photo-etched parts, then a calendar. Is it too greedy? I think that many customers anticipate these contents from past trends. It was grumbling on a Fujimi’s lucky bag that has bingo and trash. Pennywise and pound foolish.
(16-December-2017)

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORK T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe T-80 tank was officially deployed in 1976. T-80U was developed in the 1980s. The high-performance gas turbine engine is equipped. The first installed engine was output 1,000 hp, it was changed to a higher performance engine of 1,250 hp in the 1990s.

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORK T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKAlthough the engine power is higher, the fuel consumption of the gas turbine engine is large and the fuel consumption is very poor. The price of fuel was also expensive. At that time the political turmoil caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union prevented the Russian troops from finely carrying out tank maintenance. The gas turbine engines would have been even more difficult due to their short lifespan.

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt is equipped with night vision equipment and composite armor, and additionally, it corresponds to NBC battle (nuclear, biological weapons, chemical weapons). It is also operated in Pakistan, Cyprus, Egypt, and Yemen in addition to the country that was formerly the Soviet Union.

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKDoes it express with a decal that the fact of a machine inside of the periscope is barely visible? Oh, it is a new approach, a pretty interesting attempt. Because the decal sheet has no national mark, From the surplus decals in the past, perhaps Soviet troops’ guards? I attached the mark as the photo.

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKI’ve heard that the gas turbine engine can be downsized with the same power, I wonder it is one of the reasons for the very small turret. By the way, the crew is three inside. The AFV height is quite low and it is cool.

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt is a very good mechanism that the hatch becomes movable without additional processing. However, since the root of the small hatch became cracked, I bonded it to the turret.

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKBonding panels and equipment parts just below the hatch. It looks real when painted.

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe tank suits weathering. In my case, it is not so heavy weathering.

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORK T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKIt is a spare fuel tank and a log for escape when stacking.

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORK T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORK T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORK T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKI tried focusing on the muzzle and took a picture. As expected the focus is blurred in the back. Tanks with too long barrels are hard to shoot. By the way, the main gun is 51 caliber 125 mm smoothbore and the number of rounds equipped with 45 shots.

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKXact’s plastic tank model, for the first time making it, the mold is fine and it is a good impression. Moreover, the hardness of the plastic is exactly good and the parts fitting was very nice. I would make it if various releases had been done. When checking the Xact manufacture it is almost not released except T-80. I thought it was a pretty skillful brand, but so sorry. It becomes a legendary kit.

T-80U Xact 1/35 FINISHED WORKAs other impressions, Xact’s T-80 is much easier to build than a Skif kit. Oh, but Skif was required just hard work to assemble the attached etched parts, it might be easy without it. There are lots of parts and hard, but pretty cool tank after completing. In short, every manufacturer T-80 series, the complex turret assembly will not change. I can choose various painting patterns, I want to try again if I have another opportunity.
(19-December-2017)

2 Replies to “T-80U RUSSIAN MAIN BATTLE TANK Xact 1/35”

  1. I wonder where I can buy Xact T-80U ? I looked everywhere and nothing.
    It misses in my collection.
    Can anyone help me ?
    The compliments of the dayo to everione whom read this.
    José Lucas

    1. Hello. The Xact T-80U was released in 2013, and it looks like it’s already out of the product. If you want a 1/35 scale T-80U, Trumpeter is an option. I think Trumpeter is also a very good kit.

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