This barrel represents the 2A20 115mm smoothbore barrel found on the T-62 and replaces the barely acceptable barrel found in the Tamiya kit. While this barrel will not address the notorious scale, turret, and shape issues of this “long in the tooth” Tamiya kit, it will offer a state of the art milled aluminum barrel that will substantially upgrade the business end of the kit turret.
The barrel comes in three pieces: a “nut” that goes on the barrel end that is subsequently placed into the mantlet, the main barrel from the mantlet to the interior locking nut on the fume extractor, and the remainder is from the end of the fume extractor to the “business” end of the barrel. The barrel will need a 7/32 hole drilled 5mm deep to fit into any turret.
To the best of my resources (no T-62 in the back yard though) the barrel appears to be correct, as the Tamiya kit barrel often seemed a bit too short and did not have any of the gradual taper that goes from the mantlet end to the fume extractor, something Model Point captured nicely. The barrel measures out at 126.6mm from the front of the barrel to the end of the “mantlet nut”. It offers several advantages over any other offering, the first being (obviously) NO seam to clean/file/sand/worry over, it is perfectly straight, and also includes nice, cleanly machined demarcations between the segments of the barrel, especially around the fume extractor. The end of the barrel is drilled out deep enough to appear hollow.
There are many aftermarket items to update the T-62 kit, and while I do not have all of them, there does not seem to be anything to keep you from adding this barrel to any aftermarket turret. It should work on the CMD, Verlinden, AEF Designs, and SP Designs turrets.
Price is comparable to similar barrels on the market.
The photo shows the Model Point barrel (metal) compared to the Tamiya plastic one.
Thanks to Dmitriy Li of Model Point US for providing the review sample.
About Jacques Duquette (Jacques) FROM: MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES
The first model I remember building was a glow-in-the-dark P-38, running around my bedroom in the dark flying it, and stubbing my toes. I do a lot less running around with glowing models now. I mainly focus on 1/35 armor and figures, with Modern Russian military vehicles being my favorite. I a...