1/72 M1 Trio

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2 months 1 week ago #1 by Craig Sargent
1/72 M1 Trio was created by Craig Sargent
Have had a number of M1 family members sitting in the stash for some time, and finally decided to pull the pin and get them done. I've always liked the M1 Abrams, third only for me after the Merkava and Sheridan, so thought I should do a triple build.

The three kits are the Trumpeter 1/72 M1 Panther, Tiger Models 1/72 M1A2 SEP TUSK II Abrams and the Flyhawk 1/72 M1A2 SEP with Mine Clearing Blade System, which I am converting to an M1A1(HA) with Track Width Mine Plow (same blade system just different period of terminology).







The Flyhawk kit is one of the most superbly moulded and designed models I've ever worked on, and the fit is second to none despite a high parts count, with some of the finest mouldings I've seen.

Having the three kits has allowed me to chop and change parts between the kits to suit.

On The Bench (2021)
Hasegawa 1/48 F-4J Phantom
Tamiya 1/48 Martlet IV conversion
Hasegawa 1/48 TAV-8B Harrier conversion
Trumpeter 1/32 A-10A Thunderbolt
Tamiya 1/32 F-14B Tomcat conversion
Hasegawa 1/72 F-104S Starfighter
Hasegawa 1/72 UH-60A Yanshuf conversion
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2 months 1 week ago #2 by Craig Sargent
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Here is the progress on the 3 kits which I started in late March. The M1 Panther has progressed to the front of the pile now as I am working on this kit for a Group Build over at Missing Lynx.

I have added a CMK resin engine to the Panther, and am slowly correcting the kit and adding some details. The Tiger TUSK II kit (tan) has had some parts from the Flyhawk kit added, which were not needed on the Flyhawk build, but had better detail than the Tiger equivalents. And you can see some of the changes underway for the Flyhawk kit to backdate to an OIF M1A1(HA) of the USMC.



I also did some playing with the subassemblies to see how they fit each other and size comparisons. Here is the Trumpeter chassis with gear and mine roller, Flyhawk upper hull and engine deck with the Tiger Models turret. All agreed almost exactly on size and were easily fitted to each other.


On The Bench (2021)
Hasegawa 1/48 F-4J Phantom
Tamiya 1/48 Martlet IV conversion
Hasegawa 1/48 TAV-8B Harrier conversion
Trumpeter 1/32 A-10A Thunderbolt
Tamiya 1/32 F-14B Tomcat conversion
Hasegawa 1/72 F-104S Starfighter
Hasegawa 1/72 UH-60A Yanshuf conversion
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2 months 1 week ago #3 by Craig Sargent
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And here is the individual progress on the M1 Panther.

There have been significant changes and more are still needed, but it is progressing quite quickly (for me at least).




On The Bench (2021)
Hasegawa 1/48 F-4J Phantom
Tamiya 1/48 Martlet IV conversion
Hasegawa 1/48 TAV-8B Harrier conversion
Trumpeter 1/32 A-10A Thunderbolt
Tamiya 1/32 F-14B Tomcat conversion
Hasegawa 1/72 F-104S Starfighter
Hasegawa 1/72 UH-60A Yanshuf conversion
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1 month 3 weeks ago #4 by Fritz
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They look great! Hard to believe they are only 72nd scale.

In Progress:
Tamiya 1/48 F-117A
Hasegawa 1/48 TA-4K
www.kiwimodeller.com/index.php/forum/38-...zaf-1-48-ta-4k-build

Completed:
Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M

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