1/35 Academy M1A2 Abrams SEP v2 TUSK II
The Abrams tank has always been a challenge for me to model. I've never had a happy time building these, being so infuriated by the old Dragon offering with the separate guide teeth on their floppy, rubbery tracks that I didn't even bother considering trying my hand at one until this kit came out.
I won't comment on the dimensional accuracy of this kit outside of "it looks right" because I'm not an Abrams nut, but I do appreciate the little touches-- like the clear hubcaps on the road wheels to check oil levels. These were promptly covered with weathering, but I still appreciate the gesture.
I prefer woodland camouflage to desert, and when I saw someone had obviously named their tank after Spongebob Squarepants, I had to build this example, which (it's been a few years, forgive me) is from the 2nd Infantry Division, South Korea, mid 2010's.
Optics were chopped up bits of mylar from party decorations, glued onto the outside faces of the clear parts.
Fun! I'd do one again, sure.
"Is this the crusty crab?"
"No, this is Patrick."