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Takom PL-01: Polish Prototype Panzer

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Takom PL-01: Polish Prototype Panzer
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:07 PM

The future of AFVs is here, in 1/35 scale:

The real thing is based on the Swedish designed CV90 IFV, which itself sports many variations from infantry carrier to light tank.  The Polish PL-01 is actually a mock-up showcasing various innovative features for proposed future AFVs, the most obvious being a stealthy exterior.  The turret features what look like self-defense mini turrets with sensors and countermeasures, and that diamond cross section gun cladding just jumps out at you!  The rooftop remote weapon station is now becoming standard on AFVs, and the turret is unmanned.  The panoramic sight is inexplicably tiny - current AFVs so equipped have these huge inverted bucket-looking things sitting on their roofs.  The razor-thin LED head lights are a cool new feature.  The instructions mention that water-cooled panels covering the tank help reduce IR signature.  It also mentions armor protection level effective up to 30-40 mm AP from the front, 14.5 mm all round.  That may not seem like much, but the PL-01 is in the 30-40 ton class which makes it a light tank by modern standards.  It does have a 105 or 120 mm auto loading main gun, so its firepower is equal to the larger MBTs.

Linky if you want to see what's in the box:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ntizumi/albums/72157710885388828

And the short review is this:  Cool subject with minimal parts count!

Now to research the paint scheme on the actual vehicle - is it one color, or three tone splinter?

 

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Posted by PFJN on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:59 PM

Hi,

Thanks for the info.  I am looking forward getting a copy of this for myself.

Thanks

Pat

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:43 PM

Pat,

It looks to be a relatively straightforward kit with a low parts count.  I like that, versus a 1,200 part Panzer IV!

Not sure how picky I’ll get when it comes to cleaning up the bolts on the track ends.  The ones with the sprue connection will need new bolts, but like Ripley wiping down Newt’s face, I’m in trouble if I make a clean spot!

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:30 AM

From your photos she looks to be a well engineered kit. So tempted to pick one up for myself. 

 

BTW: Hope you're going with that insane digital camo in the first camo diagram!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 12:20 PM

Wow really cool.When I initially saw the post,I was thinking of some tankette from the 1930's

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:17 PM

Gamera - I was thinking a 3 tone splinter using blue-greys.  That digicam is too nuts!

Tojo72 - Yeah, it certainly isn’t Wehrmacht fodder!  Although to be fair, it’s just a mock up.  But what a cool looking mock up!

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  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 4:52 PM
Thanks for the info and a look inside the box. I’ll be picking one up for sure. It would be interesting to put that side by side with a Polish tankette from WWII once built.
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Posted by PFJN on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:12 PM

Real G

Pat,

It looks to be a relatively straightforward kit with a low parts count.  I like that, versus a 1,200 part Panzer IV!

Not sure how picky I’ll get when it comes to cleaning up the bolts on the track ends.  The ones with the sprue connection will need new bolts, but like Ripley wiping down Newt’s face, I’m in trouble if I make a clean spot!

 

Cool, I just ordered one off eBay Stick out tongue

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Posted by laskdjn on Friday, September 20, 2019 8:38 PM

Looking at it, I wondered why it had big foot tracks off of a Bradley or AAV, then I looked it up and saw the cv90 mk III was only 35 tons max...

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:39 AM

I've been real curious about this kit, looks like it should be a very nice build, interesting too.

Apprentice rivet counter.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:08 PM

Now how shall I complicate this simple build?  Stick out tongue

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Posted by GreySnake on Sunday, September 22, 2019 4:50 PM

Digital camo? 

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, September 22, 2019 5:00 PM

Digicam looks spectacular, but it would make the PL-01’s fantastic shape less visible.  Kind of like applying it as body paint on a supermodel.  I’ll give the boys a moment to savor that image...

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, October 18, 2019 1:03 PM

I have been putzing around with the kit and started to assemble the hull and turret.  Being that there isn't much "stuff" on either is a two-edged sword.  On one hand, it means a fast and easy build.  On the other, the vast expanses of smooth surfaces demand precision fitting and seam filling.

The name of the game is fit and fettle.  The locator tabs for the front glacis and rear hull interfere with fit just ever so slightly, which is a common problem.  I heavily scraped down the contact points and got the outer egdes to more or less align.

The area over the tail lights was problematic, as when I got those areas to fit flush, the area over the rear boarding hatch had an overhang.  I'm going to scrape down the overhang and reestablish the faceting as best I can.

The turret has a two part insert for the recessed gunner's sight, and it fits poorly.  I tried fettling the the contact points inside the turret but still got gaps.  I have some careful puttying and sanding to do.  Not really visible is an ejector pin mark on the upper portion of the recess.  The photo shows the insert installed, but not glued in; I will try to tweak the fit further.

I also started redoing the main gun trunnion.  I cut away the fat short pins molded to the side of the gun and substituted a section of plastic tubing.  Work is still ongoing here, as I am thinking about making the gun slide in after finishing.  A polycapped damper ala Tamiya's new M551 Sheridan will prevent future need for Tank Viagra.

So here are some pics of the mock-up tank model, well, mocked up:

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