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Chatham, Kent, United Kingdom
I'm 46. And currently a full time carer for Mom.. I am also disabled, and suffer from Avoidant Personality Disorder. I also like Photography, Museums and Art Galleries. I have a keen interest in Military aviation. The Korean War and the Allied Bombing Offensive over Europe 1939-1945. And also a keen interest in Military vehicles.


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

1/35 Abrams builds completion of the hull interior 06/09/2017

So now we have the powerpack completed and installed this brings the hull interior to completion. Now on to the turret and main gun.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

1/35 Abrams builds Hull interior fitting out and Driver's station complete 05/09/2017

Well more progress on the interior. The Driver's station is now complete with his controls being installed. The batteries have also been fitted as have the engine management. All that's left to do is add the powerpack, and then we can move on to the turret upper hull and main gun.

Monday, 4 September 2017

1/35 Abrams builds fitting out the interior (1) driver's station and engine compartment 04/09/2017

Well the build is coming along nicely. The driver's station is all but complete with only his controls to add. And the fitting out of the engine compartment has also been started.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Monday, 28 August 2017

1/35 Abrams builds lower hull fittings being installed 28/08/2017

So I started the build with the lower hull fitting the mud scraper's, side skirt supports, track return roller's, rear hook and so on.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

1/35 Abrams builds the history of the Abrams and the kit contents 27/08/2017


The M1 family of tanks first entered service with the US Army in 1980 and was named for General Creighton Abrams Chief of the Army who passed away in 1974 at the age of 59 after serving the US Army for 28 years. The M1 which was armed with a license built version of the Royal Ordnance 105mm L/52 M68 rifled main gun.
The M1 was followed by the M1A1, which entered service in 1985, which had better crew protection and was armed with a Rheinmetall 120mm L/44 M256A1 smoothbore main gun which again was built under license. The M1A1HA (heavy armour) then followed, which featured improved armour of a sandwich of depleted Uranium and Chobham armour plates built up in layers.
The M1, M1A1,M1A2 and other variants were built around the Honeywell AGT1500 multi-fuel Gas Turbine powerplant. The M1A1 made its combat debut during the First Gulf War of 1991.

The Kit(s)

So starting the series of builds is the Rye Field Models M1A1/M1A2 with full interior. I was bought the kit as a gift, so was keen on starting it. 
Let's look in the box. But first the excellent box art.

So now let's see what we get in the deep box. 

And the first frame we come to is for the turret and turret bustle stowage basket.

The second frame is for the side skirts and more turret items.

The third frame is for more turret items. 

The fourth frame is for the upper hull and other turret items.

The fifth frame is for the upper hull and a couple of items for the turret. 

The sixth frame is the internals of the turret.

The seventh frame is more internals this time for the hull and the powerplant.

The eighth frame is for the turret ammunition and said ammunition.

Frame nine is more internal fixtures and fittings for the hull and turret.

Frame ten is running gear, swing arms, torsion bars and fixtures and fittings for the lower hull. 

Next we have the one piece lower hull. 

Frame eleven is turret stowage and turret armament and CIP's 

Next we have the clear parts, PE and decals (I probably won't be using the decals, but we shall see)

Next up the treads, pads and guide horns.

And lastly the instruction book.