37095 IRAQI T-55 AL FAW/ENIGMA. SOVIET MADE BASE | Armorama™

NEW #MINIART KIT COMING SOON: 37095 IRAQI T-55 AL FAW/ENIGMA. SOVIET MADE BASE 1:35 SCALE


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nice idea but 20 years to late, the Tamiya version is still reasonably good still so i guess all they could really do was throw individual tracks and lots of PE in which i can personally live without.

oh and i managed to literally climb over tge version in private storage at Bovington tank museum 3 years ago.

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Even though I’m a fan of all things T55 I will pass. Surprised they didn’t add the rough cuts to the add on armor.

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The MiniArt T55s are light years ahead of Tamiya’s T55 kits. I have built one w/full interior and loved it. The detail level is awesome.

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An interesting additional option for others but will pass keeping the old Tamiya T-55 version for now. Tamiya is nice enough for a fast easy build with a few aftermarket tweaks for my level of interest and enthusiasm for this subject. Hopefully, Ryefield Model’s will also do a version one day of the T-55 Enigma. I’d probably cut the old Tamiya loose for new RFM version.

Looking forward to seeing a MiniArt T-55 Enigma build by one of the modern/cold war aficionados.

Cheers :beers:

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Have built almost all of the MiniArt T55s without the interiors. Great kits if a bit complex. Also did the Tamiya Enigma. It doesn’t take much to tweak it to get it to the next level. Adding the ribs to the road wheels takes time but doing the flame cuts on the armor was easy and fun. About the only AM needed are tracks, barrel, and screens. MiniArt will include the screens but you will still need the barrel and tracks. As aT55 enthusiast I just don’t see the value in the MiniArt kit. Your mileage may vary.

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This is a slightly different version that Tamiyas as it’s on a Russian built hull vs Tamiyas czech or polish.
No comparison between Tamiya and miniart in my book.

I would buy it if Tamiya made a re-relase. Wonder how many of them were made… I know Bovington and Benning have examples of the T_55 ENigma…

Here’s a walkaround of the Bovington Enigma.

Iraqi T-55A Enigma Walk Around Page 1 (primeportal.net)

This is the one in storage at the Patton Museum in Ft. Benning, or Fort Moore, whatever…

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This one is at a military base in France.

This one is at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.

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personally i don’t see the point of a detailed interior unless you’re opening the kit up to make it more visible. peering through tiny open hatches to get a brief view of the crew compartment isn’t my thing.

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is that the one the opened up the side armour and found it was stuffed full of news paper?

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I think so. Don’t know the details on that particular example.

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Legend Models makes a conversion kit for the Tamiya T-55A kit. Other makers, like MP Originals and Black Dog make conversion kits in 1/48 and 1/72 respectively.

Yup, that’s what I did.

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Perhaps it’s time to revisit this thread for anyone who happened to miss it the first time around.

No matter which side of the fence youre on it’s a pretty good thread, and was also the genesis for the Great Ones campaign.

The Centurion with full interior I mentioned had a removable roof plate on the turret - a feature I copied from the 1/25 Centurion and would not do again. No point - it was unrealistic and had top have a stand underneath it. Of the three Centurions I brought to Japan that’s the one I decided to leave there.
That said, I have modeled several T-34’s and a T-55 with their top turret plates blown off from an internal explosion. Apparently this happened qute a bit with T-34’s. And you can realistically place it next to the destroyed tank.
I think my comment from last year still holds true: The Ukrainians are offering us plenty of opportunities to display Russian tanks with their innards exposed. Who knows? Maybe T-55’s are next.

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