Thursday, July 13

Preview: 1/48th scale T-90A MBT from UStar

We need quality kits in 1/48th scale. In co-operation with Takom, UStar are giving us the T-90A MBT in just this scale. We have info on the tank & the kit in our preview...

Preview: 1/48th scale T-90A MBT from UStar

From UStar
Kit No #007
1/48th scale
2 marking choices in each box
Link & Length tracks included
Hatches can be posed opened or closed
The T90 main battle tank T-90 was developed in the early 90-ties by the Uralvagonzavod plant design bureau (leading designer V.Potkin). Since 1997 its export modification T-90S has been offered in the world's military markets. In "Military Ordnance" magazine opinion T-90S took 7th place in the world best main battle tanks rating in 1998.

The T-90A construction embodies the best main battle tank T-72B and T-80U design solutions and the best layout and structural features. From T-72B it received its reliable chassis, from the T-80U the turret with armament and fire control systems. The main battle tank has a classic arrangement, with rear placed engine and transmission. Tanks crew consists of commander, gunner and driver-mechanic.

The driver is placed in the hull's front part under his hatch in a separate driving compartment. He is fitted with a wide view optical system. Tank's commander and gunner are placed in rotating armoured turret, in combat compartment. Commander is placed right from the main gun and the gunner on the left.

The T-90A entered service in 2005, replacing the aging T-72s and T-80s and forming the backbone of Russian ground forces. The T-90A has been developed based on thorough investigation and interpretation of tactics and strategy of using tanks in specific present-day combat conditions, considering long army service experience ol the T-72 tanks in many countries of the world and taking into account the results of the perennial arduous field tests.

The advanced design solutions and cutting-edge technologies implemented in the T-90A MBT have opened up opportunities for the military to plan effective operations, enhanced reliability and agility of tanks and made it possible to improve their operational and performance characteristics by a factor of 1.5. compared with T-72S. Though new units and systems, which improve T-90A combat and operational characteristics, have been incorporated, the tank overall dimensions remain as those of the T-72C tank. Only it has become heavier by 2 tons, but the tank is still lighter by 9 t than French MBT Leclerc by 16 t than American Abrams M1A2 Abrams and German Leopard-2A6.

The new kit from Ustar.
On the front box it says "Product technical support is provided by Takom" - so we can expect their quality in this release. We have heard a rumor that this is the Suyata kit re-boxed as the Ustar model. That kit came with a Russian Tiger GAZ-233014 Armored Vehicle, so that may be the case. But it will be just this MBT in the single box this time. That we DO know!

This kit is due for release in September, We do not have a purchasing link as yet, but we will update it as soon as a supplier arises...