|Tamiya 35257 - Russian Medium Tank T-55A|
|Tamiya Russian Medium Tank T-55A side box art|
Tamiya's accompanying manual is multi-lingual with fairly detailed instructions. One thing is for sure, this build will be far more complex than Bandai's beginner friendly snap-fit parts found in their Star Wars line. That being said, Tamiya scale model kits are generally well known for their well-engineered parts that not only have excellent fit but are also easy to put together.
|A brief history of the ubiquitous T-55A medium tank|
|Instructions are multi-lingual and easy to follow|
Tamiya's design philosophy is seemingly to have a lower part count without sacrificing details. For example, this model kit has nearly 300 parts versus the 1000+ parts found in some other brands.
|Sprue A (x2): Wheels, hooks fuel drums, etc.|
|Sprue B:Main turret and accessories|
|Closeup of the turret showing off its cast metal surface texture|
Details on the T-55A parts are reasonably good especially on the turret which has a subtle surface texture resembling cast iron as well as weld lines/seams. Another notable textured part is the wooden grains of the T-55A's rear log beam. While the other parts do not have much texture, they do still possess fine details moulded on them. Even the tank commander figurine included in the model kit has impressive details ranging from the folds on his uniform to discernible facial features.
|Sprue C: Ammo boxes, gun barrel, rear log beam, machine gun, snorkel, etc.|
|Sprue D: Fender fuel tanks, tank commander, rear inner grilles, etc.|
|Upper and lower hull - main sections|
While the T-55A's vinyl tracks look fairly detailed, they could provide some challenge when trying to make them sag on the wheels for a more realistic look. Included in this kit are also a fine mesh and a string to simulate metal grilles and tow cables respectively. Decal options are minimal but enough for my purpose to build a Czechoslovakian Army T-55A medium tank, designated turret number 421.
|Vinyl tracks are detailed enough but may prove to be a challenge when going for a realistic sag-on-wheels look|
|Decals, mesh to simulate grille texture, strings as a substitute for tow cables and polycaps for the wheels|
As promised, I'm alternating between two main projects for the coming weeks on a more consistent basis. So it'll be a the Star Wars Snowspeeder on one post and the T-55A medium tank on the next for the foreseeable future until either one or the other is finished. The only thing that could break up this double act is perhaps the final completed photos of Bronn the sellsword but that's only if I can sort out the skin contrast on his forehead. As such I certainly won't be abandoning my miniature figurines as I work on the AFVs (which have mini figures of their own). So let's get started already!