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Trumpeter IT-1 Missile Tank
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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 09:47 AM UTC
Matt Flegal reviews the IT-1 Missile Tank from Trumpeter.

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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 11:16 PM UTC

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are included along with a glossy color page to show the complicated paint scheme for operational tanks (overall Soviet green with no markings at all!).

Lol, so true!

Thanks for the review.
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Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012 - 01:00 AM UTC
Nice review Matt, great stuff.
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Posted: Monday, July 09, 2012 - 01:04 PM UTC
Sadly, all the good stuff in this kit appears to be inaccurate.
Ironically, you will be better off buying Trumpy first release T-62 and adding Machine Burro IT-1 conversion to it then working with Trumpeter's IT-1 box. That way you will only be stuck with misshaped rear hull and engine bay bits.
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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 04:34 AM UTC
While I agree that the resin kit is better detailed I'm less convinced that the Trumpeter kit is inaccurate so much as simplified. The overall shapes look good (and the more I've been staring at photos the more I think Trumpeter got the turret front right and the drawings were iffy). If the resin kit was in production I would probably lean toward it, or at least beg them to release the missile and launch rail as it is much more finely detailed. However, that kit seems way OOP these days.

I confess though to real bias; resin kits/upgrades from the better manufacturers always have much finer and prettier detail. Dragon is about the only one who gets in the ballpark but of course they have about 200
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Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2012 - 05:18 AM UTC
Great review
After working with the very "fiddly" Machine Burro IT-1 conversion, having a complete kit is nice. Yes some of the detail is simplified but a little plastic rod and strip go a long way. Also, the turret in the Machine Burro IT-1 kit wasn't completely symmetrical - it needed work to look right. I do wish Trumpeter would include the fuel tank piping but there are some nice upgrades that are less than the PE costs. Basically, it's like all of the Trumpeter T-62 kits.

Main complaint (aside from coming out just after I bought the Machine Burro IT-1) - the sights are closed. I haven't found a listing for what is what, but there is a video of the tank firing so I opened the same "door" that was opened in the video - can't fire the missile with the sight closed.
Had to "guess" as to what is actually behind the door.

Don't forget, the Trumpeter kit alone is just about half what a T-62 kit and the Machine Burro IT-1 conversion would cost. That is enough for me to accept some simplification.
Just to see this in plastic is great.