Wednesday, May 3

Preview: 1/72nd scale M1070 & M1000 70 Ton Tank Transporter From Takom

The 1/72nd scale M1070 & M1000 70 Ton Tank Transporter From Takom is their latest small-scale creation. This is similar to the earlier kit with the D9 dozer, & includes some steel to protect the radiator. We look at all of the info in our preview...

 from Takom

M1070 & M1000 70 Ton Tank Transporter
From Takom
Kit No: 5021
1/72nd scale
Photo etch included
M1070 Truck & M1000 trailer complete with a are the big subjects in a smaller scale from Takom. It is astounding to me that this company would take this on but it is an inspired choice...

The Subject: The M1070 Truck & M1000 trailer  
The M1070 HET is a powerful tractor truck with an 8x8 drive configuration and advanced features such as an electronic engine control system to ensure maximum efficiency at all times, and an 'air ride' rear suspension to ensure all axles remain in contact with the ground at all times while smoothing out the worst round terrain shocks to the chassis frame. To assist traction further, across rough terrain, another standard feature is a central tyre inflation system (CTIS). Unlike the previous transporters, the M1070 is designed to carry both the tank and its crew.
The M1070 is coupled to a DRS Technologies M1000 semi-trailer. The combat proven M1000 Heavy Equipment Transport semi-trailer carries armoured vehicles and other heavy equipment loads weighing up to 70 tons. Rugged pendular suspension and automatic multi-axle steering ensures that the M1000 can get loads where they are needed. 

You can often find both of these trucks and trailer on sale to commercial users nowadays. A worn out civil version would be nice!
The technology used in the M1000 has proven its value and capability in many years of military and commercial use. The M1000 fully satisfies the difficult mission to load, unload and transport the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and other heavy equipment worldwide on highways, secondary and cross combat surfaces in all weather conditions.

Am Oshkosh M1070A0 HET and a DRS M1000 semi-trailer hauling an M60 Patton tank
The Kit: Takom's 1/72nd scale M1070 & M1000 70 Ton Tank Transporter 
Takom has already given us the D9 dozer on top of this M1070 and M1000 combination, but now we get the chance to see just the truck and trailer by themselves, maybe you already have the Abrams in 72nd scale in your collection? Maybe you don't want it and want to load the trailer or just leave it bare? Your choice.
This kit contains a bonus 3D printed front grille cover seen on some trucks in service to protect the radiator.
That is all we have on these three for now - keep tuned for more info on the kits themselves. You can see more about Takom's kits on their website or on their Facebook page