by: Jeremy Coyle [ ]
IntroductionThe T-62 originally was conceived as a companion weapon to the T-55. It was essentially a T-55 up gunned with the 2A20 115mm cannon. Both the T-55 and T-62 used the same wheels, tracks, engine and transmission. The main difference of the two is the longer hull and new turret design on the T-62. The new UT-5 cannon could fire its rounds through 300mm of armor at close to 1000 meters. This was more than enough at the time to deal with the M-48 and later models of the British Centurions. The T-62 was meant to add long range firing capabilities the Soviet tank regiments while fighting alongside the T-55's, but later it was used to fill the same roles as the previous T-55.
Contents of the Kit When first opening the box one will see 13 grey plastic sprues (7 of which are the indi tracks!) 4 sprues of black plastic which are the outer rubber parts of the road wheels, a metal barrel, small clear sprue, small photo etch set and decal sheet. Even the small delicate parts of the sprues are covered with foam to prevent damage in transit.
Instructions The kit comes with a 12 page instruction booklet with a separate color sheet for the painting. The instructions are very clear and should be easy to follow. The only odd thing is that no color reference is included for the anything except the overall color of the tank and the rubber of the road wheels. This shouldn't really be an issue though as we all know pretty much what colors to use anyway.
Sprues A ( times 2)
This Sprue contains all the inner road wheel component as well as the fuel barrels for the rear and all of the lower hull components as well. All the parts are cleanly molded with no flash and most of the sprue tree attachment points are small and will be easy to remove from the small parts. All of the parts have excellent crisp detail.
Sprue B contains most of the upper hull accessories, also included are separately molded side skirts, much like their earlier KV-1 series. This will allow the modeler to either paint the tracks once assembled on the model or help with installing them once the model is complete. Detail on these parts is very crisp as well. The log also has a very good wood grain already molded in and should represent a pretty realistic looking piece of wood.
Included on this sprue is the upper hull and the rear and front glacis panels. Also included is a plastic barrel, leaving you the option to use the metal or plastic one. An interesting note is that they provide the mantlet with both a canvas cover and one without, essentially giving you two complete gun barrel assemblies.... Will be nice to have in the spares box for later builds....
D contains the upper turret as well as the engine cover and various hatches. The upper turret has nicely molded texture and will not need any added materials to represent a nice turret. The engine cover has some small amounts of flash on the inner portion, but nothing a little file can't take care of in a few swipes.
Contains the hub caps and ammo cans as well as a few other small parts. All cleanly molded excellent in detail and flash free
M ( times 7)
These are the individual track lengths and I must say they look very nice. They contain excellent detail and and no injector marks on the inside of the track like a lot of plastic indi tracks. These will be a breeze to clean up and will add a nice accent to a very nice model.
Z ( times 4)
With an interesting concept Trumpeter has molded the outer rubber wheels in black plastic which should work much better than rubber ones. At least they will definitely take paint better.
The lower hull has excellent detail and will require only a quick clean up of a few very small injector marks on the lower side.
A solid one piece metal is provided and will really save on the sanding normally required to get a plastic barrel round and free of seam lines.
Photo Etch Fret
Contain all of screens for the upper hull as well as the engine cover.
The decals included are pretty generic and not tank specific, and with the number or numbers available, one could build almost any T-62 owned by the Russians. This will result in endless possibilities.
Overall Assesment This is one excellent kit Trumpeter has put together and I am really looking forward to the build. The detail is outstanding through out with the only major downfall the lack of fuel plumbing. Why no one has included this yet is beyond me, but at least Mig has come to the rescue now with their aftermarket plumbing set. I believe the wait has really been worth it and anyone who has a thing for Russian armor or just wants to build a good model. This kit is sure to make one happy. Mind you I am not a rivet counter, just a ordinary modeler who wants to see a model that will go together well thus allowing more people to enjoy the kit. One that is relatively accurate, and one that is not over engineered like some of the kits out there.
Verdict This kit is a must have for any stash especially one who favors Russian Armor.... You Won't be disappointed in spending your hard earned cash.
A strictly OOB build blog will follow in the next few days.