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Takom VT 1-2

Kit Number:
03.01.2155
Scale:
1:35
Published:
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Manufacturer:
TAKOM
Retail Price:
69.95
Reviewed By:
Brad Belsheim

That's no S Tank

When I first saw this kit announced in the model media I knew I had to build it. In the 80s I was lucky enough to study in what was West Germany and actually go to see one of these odd vehicles undergoing trials. At a distance I thought it was an S Tank but upon further inspection the second barrel meant it was no S Tank. Nearly 40 years later here comes Takom with another of their odd ball releases. I was lucky enough to get the kit for a review and I have to say this is the best and most straight forward Takom kit I have built. 

Steps 1-6 are your typical suspension and track steps. The real vehicle, derived from the discontinued German-American MBT-70 had an articulated suspension that allowed it to lower and raise itself. The kit has torsion bar hubs that can be modified by cutting off stubs to make them poseable as well. To aid in this you are supplied with a jig to allow that to be done fairly easily. I chose to just build it on an even level but the option is cool. Two things about the suspension beyond the poseable feature, the tracks are more or less traditional rubber band except the ends are linked together with a metal pin that makes the whole thing work surprisingly well. The other thing is what is a seemingly overly complex modeling of the main bogie wheels with 3 parts per wheel. See pictures of the wheels, hull, and track directions below.

 

Steps 7-12 deal with the completion of the main fighting compartment up until the installation of the twin guns. All pretty straight forward with great fitting parts and good overall engineering and common sense parts count. Don't ask me why I know this but at this point pay attention to where all the clear parts go in step 12. You could conceivably miss them and have to come up with a solution for open holes later in the build. 

Steps 12-16 see the completion of the kit with the gun "pods" (?) being installed and the few add on sub assemblies affixed. The rearview mirrors, antenna etc. There are no pioneer tools included as this was a prototype although you are given markings for some "what if" vehicles. Maybe a basic set of tools would have been nice. Markings are for 2 real vehicles (one of which must have been the one I saw) and the other 2 for the what ifs. I chose to make mine as a vehicle as it might have appeared in NATO war-games in the mid to late '80s. The markings I chose went down well with very little fuss. If I wasn't building this out of the box, I would have used Tamiya tape to make the war games red 'X"s but they still look okay I think. 

I really enjoyed this build and the painting and weathering opportunities it afforded me. I have always been afraid of winter camo but I think this came out okay. The last pics are of the un-primed, primed, base coat paint, and the completed vehicle. I really recommend this kit but I'm a bit biased. 

 

Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.

Thanks goes out to Takom for this review kit.

Reviewed by Brad Belsheim

 

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