1/35-scale T-55 Resin engine and compartment set (2186)
by Nick Cortese
Verlinden productions has just released an “all new” resin
T-55 engine with full compartment and must be mentioned that it is not
to be confused with the older simple drop in set released while back.
Specifically made to fit the ever-popular Tamiya T-55 kit this resin
set composes of over 100 crisp, not “ an air bubble to be seen”
standard Verlinden green colored castings, a short length of PVC rod and
a nice copper etch sheet and brass wire.
A two page instructions is included which is easy to read and nicely
Verlinden’s T-55 Engine is beautifully detailed and very accurate,
mainly composing of the complete engine, air filter, rear bulkhead, firewall,
radiator, transmission and individual housings and cooling fan. Also added
is a nice brass etch fret, which include parts for the rear bulkhead/cooling
fan area and cylinder head covers.The engine sits on its own mounting
with separate exhausts and cylinder heads. The transmission housings along
with the transmission are really nicely detailed, too
A bit of surgery is involved mainly to open up the kit engine hatch area
Verlinden offers both separate hatches for displaying the engine compartment.
With a bit of added wiring plumbing, this set should look awesome installed.
A huge step up from there previous T-55 basic “DROP IN” engine
offering and in terms of detail and scope, it’s one of the best
Anyone with modest building capabilities can easily get this done without
any problems. Just remember when working with resin, work in a well ventilated
area to keep the resin dust to a minimum.
Thanks to Francis at Gryffon hobbies for the review sample http://www.gryffonhobbies.com/
and VLS http://www.modelmecca.com/