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Polish PT91 Conversion Set

by: Olivier Carneau [ BISON126 ]


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The kit comprises 42 yellow resin parts. The most numerous being the ERA tiles and the smoke grenade launchers. The instruction sheet has Polish texts only (many thanks to Vodnik for his kind translation) and shows two drawings to guide the modeler. Nowhere in the instructions the Tamiya kit is mentioned and you guess it through the parts references. However this is stated in the Jadar website from which I got the kit.

Modelkrak would have been wise to mention the useless parts of the kit and to explain more thoroughly how to prepare the Tamiya kit parts e.g. no instruction about the armor plate on the front glacis, should it be sanded or not. Letís go back to the kit itself. The detail is crisp and the molding of high standard. Very few air bubbles are present. On my kit, some are present on the grenade launchers cap.
The Turret
This is the central subject of the conversion. The turret comes as a resin block on which must be glued the following parts : the smoke grenades supports (Modelkrak has omitted the grab handle on the side), the smoke grenade launcher tubes, the OBRA sensors (laser warning system), the original sight cover and the modernized sight door. The remaining parts come from the Tamiya kit, that is the commander station, the loader hatch, the stowage bins, the schnorckel and so on. At this stage, the instruction sheet mentions the Tamiya parts not in use. As the gun mantlet is casted with the turret and the Tamiya gun comes with the mantlet attached, itíll need some surgery to be fitted or to be replaced by an aftermarket barrel.
The Side Skirts
Each one comes as a single piece with the same location pins as the Tamiya part it replaces. From the latter, you just keep the first section, the one being part of the front fender. The left side skirt does not represent the metallic protection below the exhaust. As I have no close shot of this area, I canít tell if itís a mistake from Modelkrak or not.
The Front Glacis
It is represented by a large part with square portions to drill out (these are being marked with an X). As mentioned in the introduction, the question is: should we sand the add-on welded armor plate Tamiya molded here?

After having glued the main part, some tiles remain to be glued to each side of the driver station according to the instruction drawing. The lower hull front rubber skirt installation needs beforehand to remove the triangular reinforcing plates of the front fenders. As mentioned in the instruction sheet, a styrene strip must be added to the upper hull to represent the upper fitting.

Unfortunately, no decoration scheme is proposed by the manufacturer whereas very little is available about this topic on the web. Keep in mind that this kit doesnít intend to represent the PT91M version which needs major alteration to the turret to be built from this conversion. However, this is an original kit for the T72 family fanatics.
SUMMARY
This resin kit intends to convert the Tamiya Soviet T72 Main Battle Tank into a Polish Army early PT91.
Percentage Rating
80%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35501
  Suggested Retail: 19,75 euro
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  PUBLISHED: Jan 22, 2005
  NATIONALITY: Poland
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 82.86%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 80.00%

About Olivier Carneau (bison126)
FROM: CORREZE, FRANCE

I have been in the hobby for years and I'm still learning. As a modeler, I only build 1/35 modern military vehicles, mainly armored ones. I also run a website where I share a lot of walkarounds. Just click on my banner to pay a visit to it.

Copyright ©2019 text by Olivier Carneau [ BISON126 ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


   

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