As we’ve seen in this month’s Armour in Profile, the U.S. Army is currently reorientating its armoured forces towards peer-to-peer confrontation. The return of a ‘Cold War mentality’ and clear tension between NATO and the Russian Federation has seen the return of U.S. heavy armour to Germany, the Baltic States and central Europe. In September 2017, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division deployed to Europe and in the final months of that year up until the end of Combined Resolve X, a multinational field training exercise involving fourteen NATO and partner nations. in May this year, the M1A2s of 3rd ABCT have been engaged in training in Germany and Romania.The exercises have been tough and realistic with the AFVs of 3rd ABCT getting pretty battered over several months in the field. Academy’s latest M1A2 kit, which represents a M1A2 SEP V2 without or without the Tank Urban Survival kit (TUSK), provides a wonderful opportunity to model this latest incarnation of the venerable M1 Abrams MBT.
Academy’s new M1A2 was released in 2016 (ref. 13298) and with a cleverly simple assembly, sharp details and general accuracy may well be the best M1A2 in 1/35 scale. This new kit updates the M1A2 to represent the version currently fielded by the U.S. Army. It contains all the parts necessary to model the earlier SEP V1 and TUSK I versions, but this new release co