Unimodel 1/72 T-90 Anti-Aircraft Tank Kit First Look
|Date of Review||May 2009||Manufacturer||Unimodel|
|Subject||T-90 Anti-Aircraft Tank||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||0394||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$8.50|
The T-70 light tank was multi-role two-man tank which replaced the T-60 scout tank and T-50 infantry support tank. Armed with a 45mm main gun and a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun, the T-70 was quickly overwhelmed by heavier German armor and was replaced by the T-34.
The T-90 was an adaptation of the T-70 chassis that replaced the standard turret with an enclosed firing position for its operator to fire twin machine guns at oncoming enemy aircraft. While providing the operator with a somewhat safer firing position, the enclosed turret precluded the free movement of the anti-aircraft guns as well as blocking the field of view to acquire targets that were outside of the gunner's limited field of view. The T-90 didn't progress beyond the prototype stage.
The kit is molded in medium green styrene and presented on five small trees of parts. In addition, a small fret of photo-etched parts that provide the turret frame and gun shield details is included.
Assembly of the kit appears to be straightforward with the initial focus on the lower hull, suspension and the sections of styrene track. The track is molded in lengths appropriate for the run and for those two areas where the track moves over the drive sprocket and return roller, the track is provided as individual lengths, just the same way ESCI used to do their 1/72 armor kits. Very simple to assemble and you can use regular cement for the job.
The upper hull is also given a nice array of detailing which will look even better after some weathering and dry brushing.
The turret assembly is where the majority of the photo-etched parts will go, and given their tiny size, you'll need a good photo-etch bending tool to shape the brackets that cover the corners of the turret.
A nice set of generic markings is included with this kit given that the actual T-90 never went beyond prototype stage, but you can build and paint this model as a combat veteran or even a parade machine.
This is a nice little kit that will build into a unique subject with a little patience and skill. The AMS modeler will have fun with this project and have a unique air defender for the effort.
My sincere thanks to HobbyTerra.com for this review sample!