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Wich 1/35 M-1 Abrams is the Best?

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Wich 1/35 M-1 Abrams is the Best?
Posted by MonsterZero on Saturday, April 14, 2018 5:13 PM

I've never built an M-1.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:25 PM

Which version and what era are you looking to build?  Those factors will make a differance as to the bext one.

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:26 PM

MonsterZero

I've never built an M-1.

 

Which version of an Abrams? A plain Jane M1, the latest Panda kit.

A Desert Storm era M1A1?

Post Desert Storm/early Iraqi invasion M1A1?

Later M1A1AIM or M1A2SEP?

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Posted by laskdjn on Friday, April 20, 2018 10:57 AM

Building the Meng M1A1 AIM right now and I have to say that it is probably the best kit I've ever built.  Everything fits together perfectly and simply.  The instructions are decent for the most part.  And from what I've read from Vodnik's site among others, it's one of the more accurate kits, too

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, April 20, 2018 2:52 PM

laskdjn

Building the Meng M1A1 AIM right now and I have to say that it is probably the best kit I've ever built.  Everything fits together perfectly and simply.  The instructions are decent for the most part.  And from what I've read from Vodnik's site among others, it's one of the more accurate kits, too

 

Ditto

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Posted by laskdjn on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 12:08 AM

So, something to note...just started on the tracks for the Meng M1A1 AIM.....while the tracks they produce are works of art in and of themselves, they're a touch fiddly...anyone got some tips on how to put them together efficiently? 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 3:49 AM

laskdjn

So, something to note...just started on the tracks for the Meng M1A1 AIM.....while the tracks they produce are works of art in and of themselves, they're a touch fiddly...anyone got some tips on how to put them together efficiently? 

 

Haven’t got that far yet,got more then half way done with the kit and had to box it up in preparation for my move.Are their any build logs or better any video logs out their ?

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Posted by laskdjn on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 8:58 AM

Tojo72

 

Haven’t got that far yet,got more then half way done with the kit and had to box it up in preparation for my move.Are their any build logs or better any video logs out their ?

 

 

Wasn't able to find one.  However, I've been enjoying this kit so much that I bought another copy.  Perhaps I'll do a WIP thread when I do that.....and actually follow through with it....unlike the Academy F-4N Phantom....that then got thrashed by my dogs before I could finish it.

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Posted by RickC5 on Sunday, April 29, 2018 6:31 AM

I just finished building the Academy and Tamiya M1A1 kits from the 1990s.  These models are for adding to our club's display cases in the local VA hospital here in Grand Junction.

Anyway, about the 2 kits: Avoid the Academy kit.  Inexpensive and there's a good reason--it's very inaccurate, plus it doesn't assemble well.  The Tamiya kit builds fine, but it is also a bit inaccurate.  I bought both kits on eBay for a fraction of what more current Abrams kits sell for, so there's a trade-off.  I needed many 'Nam & sandbox models, as that's what the vets asked for, so I sought out some cheap stuff on ebay.  You get what you pay for.

If I were building an Abrams for my own collection, I would definitely want a more current model that better represents what was/is being used in the sandbox.

 

Primarily late WWII Western Europe modeling.

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  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
Posted by M1GarandFan on Sunday, April 29, 2018 9:43 AM

RickC5,

They have models on display at the Junction VA? Guess I'll have to check it out next time I'm there.

Do you live in Junction or nearby? I'm over here in Rifle.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, April 29, 2018 10:45 AM

RickC5

I just finished building the Academy and Tamiya M1A1 kits from the 1990s.  These models are for adding to our club's display cases in the local VA hospital here in Grand Junction.

Anyway, about the 2 kits: Avoid the Academy kit.  Inexpensive and there's a good reason--it's very inaccurate, plus it doesn't assemble well.  The Tamiya kit builds fine, but it is also a bit inaccurate.  I bought both kits on eBay for a fraction of what more current Abrams kits sell for, so there's a trade-off.  I needed many 'Nam & sandbox models, as that's what the vets asked for, so I sought out some cheap stuff on ebay.  You get what you pay for.

If I were building an Abrams for my own collection, I would definitely want a more current model that better represents what was/is being used in the sandbox.

 

 

The old Academy kit was a copy of Tamiya's M1 (original plain Jane version) that they simply added retooled M1A1 parts to. You end up with an inaccurate cosmetically looking M1A1, and that's about it. Academy's newer M1A2 is much better, but they also do an Iraq 2003 tank which is their old kit with some nice new current war add ons. The add ons, if the kit price is right, were a cheap alternative to updating a better kit with some wartime features.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, April 29, 2018 11:28 AM

The best!!!!

 

 

Just playing.... Wink But at least it could be quick and fun...

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, April 29, 2018 12:09 PM

That is a great kit I gave to my youngest nephew.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, April 29, 2018 12:57 PM

Rob Gronovius

That is a great kit I gave to my youngest nephew.

 

One of the guys in our AMPS chapter here brought one in for a build nite. It looked good enough. Definitely more for the fun side. This hobby is supposed to be fun, right?

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, April 29, 2018 3:01 PM

stikpusher

 

 
Rob Gronovius

That is a great kit I gave to my youngest nephew.

 

 

 

One of the guys in our AMPS chapter here brought one in for a build nite. It looked good enough. Definitely more for the fun side. This hobby is supposed to be fun, right?

 

Some folks have fun trying to replicate a kit down to the tiniest minutia. Personally, I'm somewhere in between. I got it for my nephew for his birthday. He was like 8 at the time. Good easy kit for him to build, and it looks like an M1 tank to the casual observer.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, April 29, 2018 9:15 PM

Rob Gronovius

 

Some folks have fun trying to replicate a kit down to the tiniest minutia. Personally, I'm somewhere in between. 

 

 

Likewise... 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, April 29, 2018 10:31 PM

The way I see it is if you served in it, your knowledge is gold.

Anything beyond that expressed on any forum is ok, and for the people who really do research, tends to cycle back to those who served, in the law of diminishing returns.

Then there are all of the other factors in multiple small amounts such as ease of build, cost and then availability.

Kind of never thought of building an M1A1 but if I did I like that Snaptite kit.

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, April 30, 2018 1:26 AM

It's a great kit for a child to begin modeling on is what I mean. I'm not saying it is an accurate representation of an Abrams. It is a kit that would take a lot of detailing and correction to bring it to even up to the standards of an old Tamiya M1A1 kit.

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