This is a great build. I’m happy to see you building up an Abrams. I also served in Armor. I spent most of my time in the older M-60A1’s but we were the first unit in the Army to get the “brand new” M-1A1’s. Talk about a culture shock going from the M-60 to the M1A1 !
The unit markings on the Tamiya box cover are for a tank from my last unit, the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. If you look at the numbers on the front slope it shows that your tank model is assigned to the Second Platoon of “Fox Troop”, Second Squadron, 3rd ACR. At the time our unit was the very first Armored vehicles on the ground in Saudi Arabia. They were deployed with the 82nd Airborne as part of Desert Shield.
I served with L Troop which was part of the 3rd Squadron. We were called “L Troop Raiders” at the time.
Our tanks were delivered in overall green. They were painted with a sand color in Saudi Arabia.
I’ll definitely be watching this one ...
Jeff Bailey has spent a lot more time in the Abrams than I did, and I have been talking with him about this stuff too. Jeff is a good dude !