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Juan Ravizzoli
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TAM (Tanque Argentino Mediano) 1/35, Pt. 1

June 3, 2021 · in Armor · · 3 · 5.1K

A few months ago this resin kit, in scale, of the Argentine Medium Tank (TAM) went on sale in my country. The manufacturer has a long trajectory in the sale of scale models, and recently began with the manufacture of their own kits. This is the first to reach the market. The second is a 1/48th scale aircraft, the IA-58 Pucará. And they announce for the future the release of a derivative of the TAM: the VCTP (Personnel Carrier Combat Vehicle).

At first I thought it was going to be one of those long and cumbersome projects (it's my first resin kit), but it turned out to be a very fun project.

The kit is made with a light and flexible resin, which sticks quickly with cyanoacrylate. It also comes with metal wire to make the headlight protections, rear-view mirror supports, etc. A striking feature of the latter is that the kit comes with a guide piece to bend the wire precisely. It also comes with parts printed in 3D with PLA.

The tracks are made of resin, well moulded and with good detail. For the correct placement the kit also comes with a mould. To give the caterpillars the correct shape, they are softened in hot water and placed on the mould until they cool.

The cannon is made of aluminium and consists of 3 pieces that are already joined together.

The amount of excess resin that needs to be removed from the pieces is minimal and the result is a kit similar to the injection moulded ones.

The instructions are clear and include a guide with the parts to be used. The decal kit allows several versions to be made, all (obviously) with the same paint scheme.

For a resin kit, the detailing is quite good. Only a few details had to be completed on the rear part (radiator cap lock, rear door lock, etc). For the machine gun on the roof of the tower and for the smoke tubes I used parts left over from other kits. The ones in the kit are made of resin and are well done, but I wanted to save time in the construction.

The model is finished in its construction, and as soon as the painting is finished, I will post new photos.

Greetings to all the members of the forum.

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  1. I have little experience on armour, but for sure you have done a wonderful job there, Juan!
    And what a rare, nice subject!
    Glad to hear that the kit put together was not a drama and the kit itself was good, though I read in horror thet the links were made of resin, but you also did a super job there!

  2. Intriguing subject matter and it looks like a nice kit.

  3. Great build! Thanks for sharing!

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