M-50 Ontos 1:32 Scale Renwal/Revell Model Kit #85-7823 Review

2015 April 29
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20150429*
M-50 Ontos 1:32 Scale Renwal/Revell Model Kit #85-7823 Review


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 Here’s  a fun fact: Ontos is the Greek word for thing. The M50 Ontos is a U.S. Light Armored Tracked Anti Tank Vehicle that had a GMC 302 six cylinder engine. The Ontos was designed to be transported by the cargo aircrafts the U.S. used during the 1950’s.This anti tank vehicle had six M40 106mm recoilless rifles that could be fired in a rapid succession. The secondary weapon was a 30 caliber machine gun. It weighed 8600 kg, had an effective firing range 2750m and had a maximum firing range 7700m. The Ontos was used in the Vietnam War until 1970 and in Operation Power pack (U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic). The Ontos units were deactivated in 1969 and some of the Ontos were given to the Army Light Infantry Brigade. There was a second variant known as M50A1 which used a Chrysler 361 V8 engine. The U.S. Army canceled their order of the M50 Ontos after the prototypes testing however the Marine Corps ordered 297. The production cycle only lasted two years (1955-1957).


For the Modeler: This is the Revell/ Renwal kit 7823 that is 1: 32 scale, and a Skill Level 3. Revell released this kit before in 1982 after the original release by Renwal in the 1960’s and now Revell brings it back in 2015.000b The pieces are molded in olive drab, black vinyl track with water slide decals. There are 108 pieces to this kit and very well laid out instructions. According to Revell’s box this kit was “scaled from U.S. Army Ordnance blueprints. The dimensions are; 5″ L  X  3-3/8″ W  X  2-11/16″ H;  just the M50 Ontos, 5″ L  X  3-3/8″W  X  3-1/4″ H with the Loader.


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 and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; clarifying and correcting the instruction errors; identifying and repairing flash, seams, and sinks; assembling and detailing the road wheels; painting the interior; detailing the figures; weathering techniques and materials; rocket detailing; gun barrel assembly and installation; replacing some decals with paints for realism; copyright script removal; track assembly and installation; decal preparation and application; where “not” to use glue; are all fully examined in this extensive 13 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.


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