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Meng M1A1 Christmas Edition

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Is this a good representation of the newer Abrams? Is the

figure inside 1/35 also? Never saw a model with a president

before except PT-109.---John

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The kit is of an M1A2 SEP Abrams from about 2010-11 in Iraq.  The TUSK parts are only used in combat, so only in Iraq as no M1A2s were/are deployed to A'stan.

 

The latest version of Abrams is the M1A2 SEP v2.  It has a remote weapons station on the turret as opposed to the TC's .50 cal., along with a few other changes.

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Dragon and Acadmy both have M1A2 SEP v2 kits available.

 

Dragon

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Academy, incorrectly showing TUSK II on it.  I guess it is on a fictional, future battlefield as no M1A2 SEP v2 tanks have worn TUSK in anger.  TUSK has only been applied to M1A2 SEP v2 tanks in training scenarios.  The boxtop is also missing the Commander's Independant Thermal Viewer (CITV) on the turret where the spare roadwheel is.  This is one of the key features that make it an M1A2.  The parts inside the box are correct though.

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DEF Models also makes a conversion set to convert an M1A2 SEP into a SEP v2.

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No clue on the POTUS figure.

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Thanks, I had the older 1/72 Revell offering and often wanted to redo it.

Is there a good OIF version of the Abrams in 1/72? I have quite a collection

of 1/72 aircraft, would display nice with them.---John

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Tiger Model makes an M1A2 SEP with TUSK in 1/72 that is perfect for Iraq in the later years ('08-'11).

 

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I'm gonna get a good one someday....I picked up the old ESCI 1980s one for

$6.99.....something to get the juices flowing.....spending way too much time

doing "wing things". Hows Flyhawk? Heard they are very well done and accurate.

I also need to get back to my1/35 Tamiya Panther G steel wheels build.---John

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Why not?  It is a novelty they think will sell.  Other companies have done Putin and other modern leaders.  All sorts of companies have done historical leaders as well.

 

No personal idea on the quality of Flyhawk as I have never builte one of their kits.  Below is a build review of it from Armorama.  It looks pretty nice.

 

https://armorama.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=13312

 

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Thanks, do you know off hand what  needs to be done to the old ESCI

to upgrade it to a Desert Storm M1A1? I was thinking of trying some

scratch building.---John

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