T-54B, Syrian Army, Trumpeter 1/35
This is not my first model, but certainly my first post here. I hope you like it.
This is the old model released by Trumpeter in the 90s (Item No. 00338) and it gives you the chance to do it as a static model or a motorised kit. A nice touch is that It comes with a nice piece of plastic mesh for covering the engine grills.
It also comes with plenty of optional parts for other versions of the tank and gives you the chance of choosing between two types of 100 mm main gun. Vynil tracks comes as the option and were twisted and look fragile, so at the end, I decided not to glue them to the upper portion of the wheels to avoid more stress on them, I apologize for that.
I bought this kit for cheap, but I learnt the lesson, Is not a friendly model: has horrendous flash, sink marks, ejector pins marks and requiered a lot of filling and sanding in order to fit upper and lower hull and some other areas. But since I like sanding, it is not an issue for me, but certainly was time consuming. I also improved some details like: wiring the IR lights & doing the fuel lines that are not included in the kit. Making the tow cables from metallic wire is also requested by Trumpeter.
I decided not to use any of the versions that comes included in the kit; so I bought Star Decals set No. 35-975 that comes with a nice Syrian 1973 Grey/ Green/Sand camouflage scheme used in the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur war.
I don´t like weathering tanks too much, so I usually keep them used & dirty but not beaten as if they have been exposed during years to the elements.
It may be not the best T-54/55 tank in the market but certainly a looks like a T-54 to me!
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