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Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 02:40 PM UTC
Meng Model has just announced a new kit coming our way.
MENG TS-033 1/35 Russian Main Battle Tank T-72B1

The kit features clear parts for lights, periscopes and optical equipment. Additionally it depicts vinyl anti-radiation applique parts, realistic and movable torsion bar suspension. It also includes workable tracks and photo-etched parts to provide additional details. As built, the model stands at 289mm in length and 109mm in width.

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T-72A mod1978( T-72A early production) early production mod of T-72A, there are 4 ribs in front of driver scope, fitted with "dolly patton" turret. No smoke chargers on at the beginning. T-72A mod1979(T-72A standard production) Standard production version of T-72A added 16mm extra armor plate in front. there are 3 ribs in front of Driver scope instead of 4 ribs on early production version. In addition, take a look at trapezium-shaped edge around the driver hatch(due to the extra armor). smoke charger was fitted on also from this production version. T-72A rebuild(T-72A mod1978 rebuild/upgrade) Upgrade version of early production T-72A (mod1978), the frontal hull added extra armor plate(same as T-72A standard production but for early mod it was added during the upgrade, so there are 2 pre-cutted holes around the towing eyes.) Smoke chargers were also added (7 on left and 5 one right). but instead of 3 or 4 ribs on early and standard production. there are only 2 ribs in front of driver scope. Just the same as T-72M1. Photo here showed a T-72A early production upgraded into AV level but you can see clearly the later added extra armor plate and the pre-cutted holes around the towing eyes. T-72A mod1983 (late production) Late production of T-72A added anti-radiation linning on the roof of the turret and added 3rd storage box on the let side of turret(3rd storage box were also added to those early mod I mentioned above during maintenance) And the Most Important feature of all Russian A and B series: there are 8 KMT mounting point on the frontal lower hull. If you see 4 ribs. they are all T-72M/M1 variant. T-72AV(T-72A mod 1984) The one you can see in Chechnya, Syria, and Olympic war in 2008 From 1984 T-72A received its another upgrade which equipped with Kontakt-1 Reactive armor around the turret and hull. the configuration of K1 armor around the turret is not like T-72B but more like T-80BV. in order to fit K1 armor. Smoke chargers were relocated on the left side of turret, in total 8 rounds. T-72AV upgraded from T-72a rebuild version(notice the holes around the towing eyes. These are just those versions we normally see, but out there you can still find more T-72A with different features. Still, they will all fit what I said here. Example: T-72A late production with 8 smoke charger on the left side but with no K1 armor mounting. Last note for next time: there is no T-72BV in russian doc. Normally they were all called T-72B/B1 (also can be seen with name like T-72B/B1 with kontakt-1). And also No such a Name of T-72BM...(that is T-72B w/kontakt-5 reactive armor). Normally you can only see T-72B with Kontakt-5 nor B1 nor other variant. however: there is one in UA crisis which is a T-72B1 with k5 armor. Also..In russian service there are still some T-72M fitted with K5 armor for their own use. that is the A description for A variant this time...No kits available at the moment. As for the B model: T-72B/B1 standard you can find trumpeter 05598 kit for T-72B/B1 with K1 armor there is 05599 regarded as the most accurate version now.(at the beginning they used their mold for A series on diver scope area but they have corrected that).The kit including 2 complete sets of roadwheels (8 bolts from early mode and 6 bolts version of late mode). 2 sets of fenders and 2 options of gunner sight for B/B1. T-72B mod1989/1990: Trumpeter 05564 kit. with cross wind sensor it will be the mod1990, while mod1989 without cross wind sensor. also the T-72B mod 1990 is sometimes regarded as T-72BA w/k5( take a note there is also BA version with K1 armor. Next time I will add info for T-72B series.....
MAR 20, 2017 - 12:58 AM
T-72A mod1978( T-72A early production) early production mod of T-72A, there are 4 ribs in front of driver scope, fitted with "dolly patton" turret. No smoke chargers on at the beginning. T-72A mod1979(T-72A standard production) Standard production version of T-72A added 16mm extra armor plate in front. there are 3 ribs in front of Driver scope instead of 4 ribs on early production version. In addition, take a look at trapezium-shaped edge around the driver hatch(due to the extra armor). smoke charger was fitted on also from this production version. T-72A rebuild(T-72A mod1978 rebuild/upgrade) Upgrade version of early production T-72A (mod1978), the frontal hull added extra armor plate(same as T-72A standard production but for early mod it was added during the upgrade, so there are 2 pre-cutted holes around the towing eyes.) Smoke chargers were also added (7 on left and 5 one right). but instead of 3 or 4 ribs on early and standard production. there are only 2 ribs in front of driver scope. Just the same as T-72M1. Photo here showed a T-72A early production upgraded into AV level but you can see clearly the later added extra armor plate and the pre-cutted holes around the towing eyes. T-72A mod1983 (late production) Late production of T-72A added anti-radiation linning on the roof of the turret and added 3rd storage box on the let side of turret(3rd storage box were also added to those early mod I mentioned above during maintenance) And the Most Important feature of all Russian A and B series: there are 8 KMT mounting point on the frontal lower hull. If you see 4 ribs. they are all T-72M/M1 variant. T-72AV(T-72A mod 1984) The one you can see in Chechnya, Syria, and Olympic war in 2008 From 1984 T-72A received its another upgrade which equipped with Kontakt-1 Reactive armor around the turret and hull. the configuration of K1 armor around the turret is not like T-72B but more like T-80BV. in order to fit K1 armor. Smoke chargers were relocated on the left side of turret, in total 8 rounds. T-72AV upgraded from T-72a rebuild version(notice the holes around the towing eyes. These are just those versions we normally see, but out there you can still find more T-72A with different features. Still, they will all fit what I said here. Example: T-72A late production with 8 smoke charger on the left side but with no K1 armor mounting. Last note for next time: there is no T-72BV in russian doc. Normally they were all called T-72B/B1 (also can be seen with name like T-72B/B1 with kontakt-1). And also No such a Name of T-72BM...(that is T-72B w/kontakt-5 reactive armor). Normally you can only see T-72B with Kontakt-5 nor B1 nor other variant. however: there is one in UA crisis which is a T-72B1 with k5 armor. Also..In russian service there are still some T-72M fitted with K5 armor for their own use. that is the A description for A variant this time...No kits available at the moment. As for the B model: T-72B/B1 standard you can find trumpeter 05598 kit for T-72B/B1 with K1 armor there is 05599 regarded as the most accurate version now.(at the beginning they used their mold for A series on diver scope area but they have corrected that).The kit including 2 complete sets of roadwheels (8 bolts from early mode and 6 bolts version of late mode). 2 sets of fenders and 2 options of gunner sight for B/B1. T-72B mod1989/1990: Trumpeter 05564 kit. with cross wind sensor it will be the mod1990, while mod1989 without cross wind sensor. also the T-72B mod 1990 is sometimes regarded as T-72BA w/k5( take a note there is also BA version with K1 armor. Next time I will add info for T-72B series.....[/quote] Correction, the last pic of T-72AV is a T-72 Ural upgraded into AV level。
MAR 20, 2017 - 03:18 AM
So does this mean that there is a remote possibilty that Meng will soon release a BMO T based on this chassis?
MAR 20, 2017 - 03:37 AM
Alex, that was a very nice synopsis of the T-72A series. Thank you.
MAR 20, 2017 - 05:15 PM
Thanks for that. It clears up the later versions which is where I get confused. Regrads, Andy
MAR 20, 2017 - 08:56 PM
If only! I live in hope of an injection BMO-T, or a BREM-1 (or any Soviet/Russian engineering vehicles) Andy
MAR 20, 2017 - 09:04 PM
With all this said and done, does anyone know when Meng plans to release this kit so we can open up our wallets?
APR 07, 2017 - 10:24 AM
It's on pre-order at Hobby Easy, with a release date of 10 May. http://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/4xxerfu63nbikbkbnkrn.html
APR 07, 2017 - 12:06 PM
good to hear that, hope we could see this baby soon, as Meng where so close to it, just like they skipped it, intentionally.
APR 09, 2017 - 02:13 PM
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