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First Look at Team Yankee Armor

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I've been madly putting together tanks for Team Yankee (having picked up both the US and Soviet boxes).  

 

First impressions - the Abrams is extremely cool because you get parts for the M1 and M1A1 versions - though there is some oddness with the rear armor skirt and the retaining plate - I still haven't decided what I'm going to do about that yet...

 

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The T-72 overall is pretty nice as well.  Getting the gun cleaned up with the multiple points of attachment is a pain, and the rear auxiliary fuel tanks are also a pain (join seam in the worst possible place - but that's common to T-72 kits in just about ANY scale).  Otherwise it's a shake 'n bake (throw some glue in a box, shake it up, finished miniature comes out).

 

Fun comparison of a Panzer IV Ausf H, T-72, and T-35 to give you a sense of the scale:

 

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Thx.
Us models went together cleanly.
Soviet more finicky. Like the result.
But for the Hind helicopter I had to reinforce the rotor hub connection to blades with strips of brass. Before the reinforcement, one of the blades cracked during painting.

Eventually I will make a blade replacement out of clear plastic disks.

Soviet tanks look nice but assembly more tricky than Abrams tanks.

Lining up the t-72 turret tops and bottoms required using clamps while glue set. Without clamps, top and bottom pieces not correctly lined up.

After all that, I still love the result.

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The American set has the option of building your M1's as M1A1's .... I've gone that direction since I am sure BF has the vision to delve into the first and second Gulf wars ... down the road.

 

Barca ... if you come up with and easy way to do those clear plastic disks let me in on it as I think its a great solution for the main and tail rotors ... I just don't see the blades lasting to long ... even with general handling something is bound get broken.

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Barca ... if you come up with and easy way to do those clear plastic disks let me in on it as I think its a great solution for the main and tail rotors ...

Will do. Trying to get this ASAP, since I would like to use clear plastic for gaming and original rotors for "static display"

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Painting the Soviet Mi-24 Hind Helicopter:

My Hind helo colors are the GSFG colors, like the cover of the Zaloga book
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2BNvl%2Bs52L._SX368_BO1.jpg
and this:
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh240/andyrix/Soviets/airassault/file_zps84d615d1.jpg
and this:

http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/decals/lhd/images/lhd48012_p1.jpg

The colors shown by battlefront are mostly for Afghanistan: Mi-24 Hind in Afghanistan
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/ea/69/5c/ea695cb975ac144eecb57fef5b2ac32f.jpg
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/34/2a/84/342a845332a3dc860cca4a1dd7bf2b91.jpg

 

Painting Soviet T-72 tanks
Instead of the light "Tommy Green" shade that Battlefront shows on their T-72s, mine are closer to my memories of being in Germany in 1985:
My T-72 color schemes look like this:
http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldwar/USSR/T-72/photos/T72monument-Nizhni-Tagil.jpg
and this:
http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldwar/USSR/T-64/photos/T-64AK_at_the_T-34_Tank_History_Museum.jpg

 

I should know. I had these images burned into my brain from 1981 until 1989, for operations in Europe.

I also saw many of the images from Afghanistan ('79-'89). Camo and base paint schemes were noticeably different, when comparing the forces in these two regions..

Zeke and T.S:
Now here is an awesome paint job: http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/eaglecopter.asp#photo

 

For other Warsaw Pact nationalities, so many other paint schemes
http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldwar/USSR/soviet_T-72.php

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