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Looking For 1/72 T-90 Kit & Aftermarket Information

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Like they say, the title is all you need.

I figure a little tank build will give my modelling a shot in the right place; I love working in 1/72 and this subject has just the right kind of, what can I say, 'TOTALLY HARD B*STARD' look that appeals!

I read a little about the ACE kit (yeah... :wacko:/>/> ), there seems to be a Revell effort too. The only aftermarket enhancements I've found are a metal barrel (RB) and etched tracks (ACE again).

However, this article would suggest there is more around...

Many thanks for any opinions and/or information.

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There's a brand spanking new kit from an odd company named Modelcollect - It's still up for a pre-order at Luckymodel, but if the TOS-1 kit they have is any indication, it is NOT and I repeat NOT a copy/repop of the ACE kit. I Have the ACE Kit, in progress, and the layout is completely different. I haven't seen the Revell model, so I can't vouch as to if there's any commonality in the construction there. That article Does suggest there is more in the brass market for details, but I can't help you there. I'm not entirely sure as to how good ACE's etched tracks are, I didn't buy them.

The ACE kit is what most would call a short-run, and comprised of a couple of upgrade sprues on the T-72 kit they produced, similar to the TOS-1 kit they made too.

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Thanks lots for your response, Sir. Modelcollect -aren't they die-cast/ready-mades? As you can tell, I'm at the bottom end of the curve with this stuff! :dontknow:/>

Stop Press: I stand corrected -found an article about the Modelcollect KIT on miniafv site! This is getting complicated...

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yeah, the kit looks quite interesting, and the parts layout suggests that they have plans for the T-72 hull in all its variations. Like I said, the layout is not like the ACE kit, but I can't tell its relevance to the Revell kit for design.

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I would think that, for the money, this is a good way to go -I believe there are some dimensional differences between the MC and Revell (as T-72 derived) components, but this miniafv review makes it look promising...

Thanks again for the pointers.

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I don't know when the Revell T-90 will be released, but I saw a test shot and a model built from the test shot at a German modelling show a couple of weeks ago. Looked very nice. No idea whether it will be any better than the Modelcollect effort, though. The Revell kit will have a link-and-length track (which I, personally, like better than the flexible rubber tracks).

On top of the Modelcollect and Revell kits, Zvezda will also release a T-90 in 1/72 of their own. When it rains, it pours. :lol:

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It's pretty clear that the Revell T-72 looks a lot like the ACE kit, though they seem to have made a few modifications, like the Glacis plate, which suggests they might have bought the masters from ACE and modified them... that layout looks a LOT like the ACE kit. I wonder if they'll have you remove the forward track covers on the T-90, and have the forward turret modifications to upgrade it to the T-90 like the ACE kit.

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There's a brand spanking new kit from an odd company named Modelcollect - It's still up for a pre-order at Luckymodel, but if the TOS-1 kit they have is any indication, it is NOT and I repeat NOT a copy/repop of the ACE kit. I Have the ACE Kit, in progress, and the layout is completely different. I haven't seen the Revell model, so I can't vouch as to if there's any commonality in the construction there. That article Does suggest there is more in the brass market for details, but I can't help you there. I'm not entirely sure as to how good ACE's etched tracks are, I didn't buy them.

The ACE kit is what most would call a short-run, and comprised of a couple of upgrade sprues on the T-72 kit they produced, similar to the TOS-1 kit they made too.

I received one of these not so long ago via eBay, unboxed for AU$12 (free postage). The seller supplies PDF instructions.

It is a nice kit. DS style tracks, PE and lots of nicely moulded parts. Well worth an investment.

Rather than me take pics etc, here is a build review :)

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<...> ooh do you have any photos of the revell t-90 prototype? <...>

No, sorry. :( I knew about the lighting conditions in the hall beforehand and that my little point'n'shoot camera would suck under those conditions (tried it the two years before and failed) so I didn't bother to take along.

It's pretty clear that the Revell T-72 looks a lot like the ACE kit, though they seem to have made a few modifications, like the Glacis plate, which suggests they might have bought the masters from ACE and modified them... that layout looks a LOT like the ACE kit. I wonder if they'll have you remove the forward track covers on the T-90, and have the forward turret modifications to upgrade it to the T-90 like the ACE kit.

There's only so many ways to skin a cat, I guess. Meaning the layout would be similar. The detail, however, makes me think there are no "family ties" between the Revell and the ACE T-72.

The Revell T-90 looks to be from completely new moulds, not related to any other kit.

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I received one of these not so long ago via eBay, unboxed for AU$12 (free postage). The seller supplies PDF instructions.

It is a nice kit. DS style tracks, PE and lots of nicely moulded parts. Well worth an investment.

Rather than me take pics etc, here is a build review :)/>

Mucho thanks, Sir! I think that's the same review as the miniafv one (Erhan). It looks like a good investment to me; I could stick around for the Zvezda shot but for the outlay, getting the MC one anyway seems like a plan.

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