"T55 Burn Out" resin
update set by MIG Productions (/Calibre35), RW 35-250
by Graeme Davidson
Designed to fit the Tamiya T-55 kit #35257, this resin conversion
will allow you to make your tank into a knocked-out & brewed up display,
the perfect companion for a Gulf War diorama, or as stand-alone display.
As the resin parts are fairly generic, I imagine much of the Mig kit could
be combined with other T55 conversions (ie Tiran) to make a KO'd T55 of
a different nation.
The kit is packed in a cardboard box and includes a double
sided 8x4 inch full colour instrcution sheet. One side of the sheet clearly
shows where to place the 14 different parts while the other gives you
a few overall pictures of an incredibly painted and weathered vehicle.
Though I have not yet seen it, I understand that Tamiya Model Magazine
issue Inside the#113 will include a step-by-step guide to recreating the
burnt-out finish. It would be safe to assume this will be a must-read
to get the most out of this conversion set.
Inside the kit you get both 10 inner and 10 outer roadwheels
with the rubber burned off, burned engine parts & separate hatches,
bulged and dented fuel cells, and a bare mantlet and the barrel missing
the fume extractor. The parts are perfectly cast, with no evidence of
air bubbles of mould shift. Particularly impressive is the grooved wheel
surfaces and the perfectly straight barrel.
While no mention of it is made in the instructions, most
of the T55's that exhibit this degree of burn damage have also settled
down several inches, so to get the full effect you'll need to reposition
the Tamiya roadwheel mounts. The roadwheels themselves have some flash,
but it is so thin as to be translucent. The engine is similar to the Calibre35
kit, except this one has a small pile of "ash" moulded in for
all the rubber and platisic bits would have burned off.
To get the most from this kit, you will need to purchase
either the Modelkasten or Fruil link to link tracks, for if you lower
the kit, I don't think the Tamiya vinyl tracks will give you that slack
Overall, a very nice conversion! Perfect for your ODS/OIF
or Mid-East diorama.
More pictures of the finished work can be found here: http://www.migproductions.com/MP/products/35250/35250.htm