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Introduction of model tanks
Model tanks are scale replicas of actual tanks. The term 'scale', expressed as a ratio (e.g. '1:35') or fraction (e.g. '1/35th'), indicates the proportion of actual size the replica or model represents; i.e. a 1/35th scale model tank is 1/35th the size of the actual tank it represents. Tanks and other AFVs (armored fighting vehicles) are the most popular subjects at model contests. Models generally make no attempt to replicate scale weight, only size. The most common materials used for building model tanks are injection-molded styrene plastic, machined and photo-etched metals and resin castings.
Commercially produced kits are available in 1/9, 1/16, 1/24, 1/35, 1/48, 1/72, 1/87 (railroad HO scale), 1/144, and 1/250 scales. The most widespread being 1/35 and 1/72 kits. The popularity of scales is subject to trends e.g. currently 1/48 kits are gaining in this respect mirroring the profusion of military aircraft model kits in this scale. Scratchbuilt (i.e. 'homemade') models may be in any scale but tend to follow the traditional commercial kit scales due to the ease of finding model components to build the model.
Scale is usually proportional to the level of detail achieved in the model
(i.e. larger scale allowing for more detail) yet there are spectacular exceptions.
Models are usually assembled from commercial kits, typically consisting a set of parts, assembly instructions and a decal sheet for markings.
Kit parts are produced by injecting liquid styrene plastic into steel molds under high pressure. The molds are traditionally composed of two halves sandwiching the parts. Technological development however is currently leading to the use of 'slide molds' (pioneered by Dragon on the industrial scale) that consist of several steel components, allowing the production of greatly increased level of detail. The sprues (consisting of the parts and the 'frame' i.e. the plastic filled channels that allowed the flow of plastic in the mold) of the kit might typically contain from 300 to 1200 individual parts. The model is assembled by carefully removing the parts from the 'sprue', cleaning them of eventual flaws or mold marks, and then fitting them together.
Instructions are included in the kits and consist of paper booklets or sheets presenting the graphic, step by step illustration of the assembly process. Kits have hundreds of parts so good instructions are important yet flaws are not rare.
The markings are usually supplied in decal form.
Various manufacturers offer tank model kits for the market, the most sought after being the Academy, AFV Club, Dragon, Hobby Fan, Italeri, Tamiya, Trumpeter and Revell products. The newest trend among manufacturers is to increase the level of detail and accuracy of their kits (e.g. using slide molds), providing alternative materials (i.e. lathe turned metal barrels, photo etched and cast metal parts) and in general to include accessories that until recently were available only as aftermarket products.
The term 'aftermarket' covers all kits or detail sets that sold to replace existing kit parts in order to increase the level of accuracy and detail (e.g. separate metal track links, machine guns, tools etc.) or to convert the model to a different often rare version (e.g. turrets, engine decks, decals etc.) not available in stand alone kit form. The variety of materials used for these products include lathe turned aluminum and brass, photo-etched steel or brass sheets, cast metals, resin, wet or dry transfers etc. The prominent manufacturers of the segment are among others Archer, Azimut, Decalomaniacs, Eduard, Friulmodel, Modelkasten and Verlinden.
Models are constructed for static display, either as standalone pieces (i.e. with no base, or on a decorative base) or within dioramas (i.e. elaborate bases including scale scenery, figures and other vehicles etc. representing the environment actual vehicles were used in) intended to illustrate historical context.
The historical eras (usually defined by the date of introduction of some 'cutting edge' technologies and not in the classic sense) modelers tend to focus on are:
- Pre-World War II 1916-1936
- World War II 1936-1945
- Modern Era 1946-present.
The most popular era, even though covering the shortest time period, is that of the Second World War, as the enormous variety of vehicles used, nations involved and the frequent radical improvements in armor technology makes it a rich source of subject for modelers.
Models may also be categorized by nationality or by purpose (e.g. ARVs, assault guns, ADFs, MBTs, IFVs etc.), the national and unit markings of the replica even determining which of the above three eras the model belongs to. The Russian T-34/85 entering service in 1944 may classify as WWII with e.g. Russian or Polish markings while as modern with e.g. North Korean (1950-51), Vietnamese (1970-72) or Yugoslav (1991-94) markings.
Models are generally built to historical accuracy and usually require many hours of research on the part of the modeler. Frequently part of the research material is presented along the model.
Completed models may also be classified by method of construction:
- 'out of the box' kits
- customized kits
- scratchbuilt models.
Models built 'out of the box' are built according to kit instructions, using only the parts supplied in the kit itself. Traditionally the term had some derogatory connotation, the method being viewed as simpler and yielding a lower standard of detail compared to other approaches and representing the lower end of scale modeling. Recent kits, however tend to contain over 1000 individual plastic, etched brass and aluminum parts including many that traditionally were only available as aftermarket accessories. The quality of these new kits are completely redefining the meaning of the term.
Customized kits typically require considerable experience to build and are based on commercial kits improved by the addition of either scratchbuilt or aftermarket accessories in order to convert (i.e. produce a different version or mark of a vehicle e.g. PzKpfw III / PzBfw III) or improve the final model. Traditionally these models are of somewhat improved quality, accuracy and more detailed than those built straight 'out of the box', however the recent quality leap of the later is slowly closing the gap. One of the customization methods is 'kitbashing', whereas the converted or improved model is built by using parts from several different commercial kits. The more common approach is however is to use aftermarket sets and built from scratch (scratchbuilt) parts to achieve the desired result. High-end, master-class customization may result in a model with the number (several hundred) of aftermarket and scratchbuilt parts added, exceeding that of the original kit parts and resulting in super-detailed, hyper-realistic replicas.
Scratchbuilt models are replicas of subjects not available in commercial kit form and are created by highly skilled modelers using sheet plastic and components fabricated by themselves. Scratchbuilt models may contain a few commercial parts, yet these generally constitute only a minor fraction of the components.