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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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There are T-72Bs(with the Kontakt armor) being operated by the Syrian Army recently, although they're much rarer than the AVs. So you can build this kit(or the Trumpeter one already on market) into the Syrian Civil War version T-72. I believe someone will eventually do T-72AV in near future.
MAR 19, 2017 - 06:13 AM
I love it and I will buy it, may be even more than one, cheers. BTW I'm not russian
MAR 19, 2017 - 01:35 PM
It is very confusing with all these later versions of the T-72, I wish someone knowledgeble would do a comprehensive list of the Trumpeter and Meng kits detailing what is actually in the box and what actual versions can made and what the errors are. Regards, Andy
MAR 19, 2017 - 09:36 PM
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
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