Abrams M1A1 Tank 1:35 Scale Model Revell Kit #85-1973 Review

2013 December 13
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20131213*
Abrams M1A1 Tank 1:35 Scale Model Revell Kit #85-1973 Review 

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The M1 Abrams, is named after General Creighton Abrams (Sept 14, 1914- Sept 4, 1974) He become known for his armor skill while serving in the 3rd Armored Division under General George S. Patton where he commanded U.S. tanks during World War II,  he served  in the Korean War in 1953-54 and was later appointed as Commander of military operations’ in Viet Nam (1968-72) and he then  served as the U.S. Army’s chief of staff (the highest position in the Army) until his untimely death in 1974. The M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) was introduced to the U.S. Army in 1980. It was intended to replace the 20 year old M48A5 tanks, and serve alongside the newer M60A3 tanks. It was designated to be both the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps’s main battle tank. It was so technologically advanced it was like giving the soldiers a Rolls Royce instead of the Pinto’s they were used to. The M1A1 was given to the Army in 1985. A1 is the Army’s way of saying modification #1. The M1A1 sported the new Rheinmetall 120mm smoothbore cannon, replacing the older 105mm rifled bore cannon, new and improved armor plating consisting of depleted uranium and improved optical sights.


For the Modeler: This is a Revell “Heavy Hitters” Series Abrams M1A1 Tank 1:35 Scale Model Kit #85-1973 Review. This is a skill level 1 kit featuring a top mounted machine gun and SnapTite construction. The kit comes in 58 pieces molded in sand color, two pre-assembled tracks, instruction sheet and stickers. The drive sprockets and idler wheels are pre-assembled also. This SnapTite armor kit is great for introducing new modelers to the hobby and history. This kit features glue less, snap-together construction, pre-painted polystyrene parts, illustrated instructions and a sheet of stick-on markings. The finished dimensions are; Length 11.0”, Width 4.0”, Height 3.25”.


Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint selections and applications; test fitting; chassis detailing; correcting instruction errors; adding black wash highlights for realism; marker application considerations; modifying the machine gun mount for realism; scratch building cupola windows; attaching the directional tracks correctly; in-depth weathering techniques, are all fully examined in this pictorial 13 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.


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