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Old 12-18-2011, 05:08 PM
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Photo Review of Trumpeter's ASU-85

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This is not a bad kit, even if they did not include the lightened tracks for air delivery. The fact is that regular PT-76 tracks could and would be used after the air delivery when the lightened tracks needed replacement. Also, there are photographs of the ASU-85 in action without a mantlet cover but the kit's mantlet does have errors.



























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Old 12-18-2011, 05:09 PM
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I started this kit as I waited for responses from Hilary L. Doyle on my Waffenträger model. So, 30 minutes at a time.

About three hours later, most of it cleaning parts and truing them up:


An hour later I look for things to improve:

This mantlet has wrong details so I penciled in what I would add:


I drilled out some hinges, added punched hinge pin heads, was about to take photos when a package arrives...

Of course, this came to slow me down!



So close to finishing this one! Help me! Calgon, take me away!

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The Body is making ready to publish a gun mantlet with protective tarp.
http://www.makett.org/index.php/topi....html#msg72929 (Hungarian link)
I believe it is not yet released, but for more info you should contact Krisztián.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:39 AM
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Thank Ropi,

Accurate Armour already produce one, mastered by Zachary Sex, and here is a link:

http://www.accurate-armour.com/ShowP...5&product=2231

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Some good news, Trumpeter has a set of articulating PT-76 tracks on the way... while they are not lightened (lightening holes in the teeth) they are perfectly suited for my kit.

I also have sets of PT-76 tracks from Masterclub and Armo but have plans for them.

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thank you sharkmouth

Excellent and thank you for this photo review.
Looks like an interesting kit.
Something I would like to build.

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Well, I tried the ET Model fenders. I wasn't sure about them and, in the end, am glad that they are a separate set. If I did it over again, I would not order them.

Note, there is nothing wrong with them, it is simply my opinion that the improvement over the plastic parts isn't enough to justify the cost.





As you can see, the kit parts include embossing visible on both sides of the mud guards.

Compared to the real item, note that the embossing is much wider than the PE effort but not as deep as the kit parts:





The set does include some tiny tie down eyes which I will add. Wow, a mini-review!

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