How good is the Trumpeter 1/16 T72 kit as far as accuracy goes

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How good is the Trumpeter 1/16 T72 kit as far as accuracy goes

Joined: September 26th, 2017, 12:51 pm

June 15th, 2018, 4:28 pm #1

I'm working on a collection of 1/16 scale tank models showing tank  development over the20th century starting with the Takom Ft17 and ending with the Tamiya Abrams.  I have a Trumpeter  T34/85 which fits  in my plan.and hopefully eventually add a Trumpeter Panther  and who knows a 1/16 scale Sherman.   I might consider adding a Trumpeter SU 100
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

June 15th, 2018, 8:21 pm #2

The T-72 seems ok. It has 700 something parts so its not snap together.  You may consider the very nice Hooben German Elefant or Russian T-55. Those are really pretty nice and relatively inexpensive for 1/16 RC tanks. They come in k it form and you can find them with or without the electronics. There are even aftermarket sets for them.  My local shop has a bunch of second hand 1/16 stuff too and cheap. He has/had the Hooben T-55, Tamiya Leopard 1A4, Gepard, Trumpeter Abrams (or Tamiya?) and the Tamiya JGSDF tank.  Here is the T-72 http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.ph ... =2974&l=en

These guys have a lot of 1/16 and do mail order. The owner (Steve) will be out of town for a week or two for some personal business)  https://www.yelp.com/biz/a-hobby-shop-winter-haven  The store has a good Facebook page and that is the best way to contact them as a lot of the oddball and old stuff may not be on the web site.
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Joined: October 26th, 2001, 5:15 pm

June 17th, 2018, 5:35 am #3

IMHO, the Trumpeter T-72 was designed as a toy.  the overall shape isn't bad but it's missing an incredible amount of detail compared to their T-34 series. It's pretty much void of exterior detail that is present on their 1/35 scale kits. Oh, and the turret has no locking tabs and is loose in the ring.  The tracks are another (horror) story.  Buyer beware.  Don Van Hook
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 3:47 pm

June 17th, 2018, 1:05 pm #4

djnick66 wrote: The T-72 seems ok. It has 700 something parts so its not snap together.  You may consider the very nice Hooben German Elefant or Russian T-55. Those are really pretty nice and relatively inexpensive for 1/16 RC tanks. They come in k it form and you can find them with or without the electronics. There are even aftermarket sets for them.  My local shop has a bunch of second hand 1/16 stuff too and cheap. He has/had the Hooben T-55, Tamiya Leopard 1A4, Gepard, Trumpeter Abrams (or Tamiya?) and the Tamiya JGSDF tank.  Here is the T-72 http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.ph ... =2974&l=en

These guys have a lot of 1/16 and do mail order. The owner (Steve) will be out of town for a week or two for some personal business)  https://www.yelp.com/biz/a-hobby-shop-winter-haven  The store has a good Facebook page and that is the best way to contact them as a lot of the oddball and old stuff may not be on the web site.
How much are the Tamiya Leo and Abrams at your local store?
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

June 17th, 2018, 11:11 pm #5

Not sure since I wasn't interested.  They are second hand kits but new in the box.  I'd email via the above link and ask. I paid $125 for the Leopard 1 and $25  for a set of Kenny Kong tracks as a cash deal, but your mileage may vary. The big Japanese tank is, I think, the full option RC version.  The Leopard is the reissue with the crappy Sherman tracks that Tamiya subbed out in recent years.
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