Sunday, January 22

Preview: 1/35th scale M-84A Yugoslavian Battle Tank from Amusing Hobby coming in February...

Stretching their T-72 family to the max (& why not?) the next cab off the rank for Amusing Hobby is the M-84A battle tank in 35th scale. See what we know about the tank & the kit in our preview...

Preview: 1/35th scale M-84A Yugoslavian Battle Tank from Amusing Hobby coming in February...

M-84A Yugoslavian Battle Tank
From Amusing Hobby
Kit No #35A045 
1/35th scale
Injection moulded kit
Photo-etch included.
This kit is due for release in February.
The Subject: M-84A Yugoslavian MBT
The M-84 tank is based on the Russian T-72 tank and is distinguished by its largest applicable gun calibre with efficient ammunition, automatic gun loading, small mass, low silhouette and good protection. Besides that, the M-84 tank is equipped with a new, modern fire control system, a modified and stronger engine, new radio equipment and a new NBC detector. The Ðuro Ðakovic factory is best known for its principal role in the production under licence of the M-84A which was manufactured in Croatia. The M-84A MBT is an improved version of the original Yugoslav M-84 which in turn is based on the Russian T-72M1 MBT.
The concept of battle tank M-84 is based on the Russian designed T-72, while retaining its main properties: largest applicable gun caliber and efficient ammunition, automatic gun loading, small mass, low profile and top quality armor protection. Simultaneously, the battle tank M-84 represents the evolution of the basic tank T-72 in systems and properties in which T-72 was technically inferior to its Western counterparts: a new modern Fire Control System, modified motor with increased motor power, new radio equipment and new NBC detector. All subsequent modernization novelties carried out on T-72 in several countries and real war experiences with M-84 confirmed this approach in design of battle tank M-84.
Tanks of the family M-84 are driven by 12-cylinder, four-stroke engine, multiple fuel, water cooled, turbo charged diesel motor, power 574 kW (780 HP) for M-84 variant or 735 kW (1000 HP) for variant M-84A and M-84AB. Command tank M-84ABK has additional HF SSB/AM transceiver with frequency range 1.6-29.999 MHz and external 1 kW power supply. 
M-84 MBT variants: M-84A (Yugoslavia): An upgraded version similar to the Soviet T-72M1 but with a significantly more powerful engine and additional armor plating. It comes with the new SUV-M-84 computerized fire-control system, including the DNNS-2 gunner's day/night sight, with independent stabilization in two planes and an integral laser rangefinder. It also comes with the TNP-160 periscope, TNPA-65 auxiliary periscope, and DNKS-2 day/night commander's periscopes, as well as the TNPO-168V driver's periscope. Produced between 1988 and 1991, closely analogous to the M-84AB. Roughly 450 vehicles were manufactured, including the M-84AB.

The kit from Amusing hobby:
Amusing hobby kit no #35A045 will be an injection moulded kit, heavily borrowing on the T-72's they have already released to some acclaim. A good thing too, as we have built two of them here on TMN and our builders liked their simplicity & accuracy. We really cannot tell you too much about the kit, as the boxart is almost bare of any detail. They have not mentioned if this is even an interior kit yet!
Unfortunately, no other information has been released on this release. More information on all of their kits is available from Amusing Hobby's Facebook Page as their website does not seem to be working right now...