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MTL Abrams Tanks

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4 months 4 days ago - 4 months 4 days ago #18222 by DAZed
DAZed created the topic: MTL Abrams Tanks
Wasn't exactly sure which forum to post this in so feel free to move it (or let me know and I"ll move it) if this isn't the best place....

I came across these Army tanks on the Z-Scale Monster page.
www.zscalemonster.com/mt/994-00-000/994-00-015.jpg

Here's the link to the page with the listing: www.zscalemonster.com/mt/994-00-000/so.htm (scroll about 1/4 way down)

Were the tanks offered as separate loads? Anyone know if any are still around? (individual tank loads or the entire flat car and tank sets)

They look like some variant of Abrams M1A1's which is essentially what I need for my military train. This isn't a project I'm currently working on, but I have been casually looking for M1A1 tanks so I would have a source once I started down that path. Never knew MTL did them, but if so and if they are still available this would be great news. I'm guessing they aren't, but thought I'd check. I did send an email to MTL, but wanted "perspective from the street" so to speak. B)

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4 months 4 days ago #18223 by TailUK
TailUK replied the topic: MTL Abrams Tanks
If you're not familiar with this guy already try www.z-panzer.com/index.html he does some modern American vehicles. There are also 1:220 pieces available through Shapeways.

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3 months 4 weeks ago #18228 by DAZed
DAZed replied the topic: MTL Abrams Tanks
Thanks. I have seen the Z-Panzer stuff. They do have some nice things and a couple of items that would be valid for my train but from what I can tell they don't have any M1A1 variants.

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3 months 4 weeks ago #18229 by TailUK
TailUK replied the topic: MTL Abrams Tanks
Unfortunately they don't but I still haven't give up hope that a 1:220th scale Abrams will show up on Shapeways. How many would you want?

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3 months 4 weeks ago #18230 by DAZed
DAZed replied the topic: MTL Abrams Tanks
Initially I'll need 15-20, . Eventually probably double that.

I agree we'll probably see one on Shapeways, but I was more curious about the MTL version...they look pretty nice from the photo, and I assume resin? So they would be ideal.

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3 months 4 weeks ago #18231 by TailUK
TailUK replied the topic: MTL Abrams Tanks
The MTL tanks require assembly and are only available with the runner pack. I was thinking of modelling some for myself using the MTL ones as a guide. I'd do this as a series of cast resin pieces. So I could perhaps make a mould for you too.

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3 months 2 weeks ago #18233 by DAZed
DAZed replied the topic: MTL Abrams Tanks
Well, some more searching and I came across this:
MTL-799 43 939 Modern Tank
www.zscalemonster.com/mt/799-43-000/799-43-939_08-2014.jpg

As found on the MTL Loads archive page here:
www.zscalemonster.com/mt/799-43-000/so.htm

So apparently they were not only available once but twice as separate loads. September 2011 and August 2014. (right before I got into Z, of course.)

Having that part number still hasn't helped....nobody seems to have them in stock.

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3 months 6 days ago - 3 months 6 days ago #18238 by kevsmith
kevsmith replied the topic: MTL Abrams Tanks
The MTL tank looks good but my oh my it is heavy. I've got a couple on my modern image military train but a lot of them would be unpullable. I've got a lot of Z-Panzers Hummvees which are spot on but but have bought a lot of his Leopards after finding the Canadian Army got a load second hand and they have been known to come over the border

They are beautifully cast and I have got two other era military trains on the go

WW2 with Z panzer Shermans, GMC 6x6 trucks and MTL wrapped shermans

A sort of 50-60s one with M48 pattons, M113 APC again from Z-Panzer

both of these run on Cuyahoga, my Nickel Plate road layout



Seen here are Andy's Shermans and the MTL wrapped ones

Kev
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1 month 2 days ago #18249 by southernnscale
southernnscale replied the topic: MTL Abrams Tanks
All you might have to do is contact the designer at shapeways Like Z-Panzer and most of the time they will do one for you I have done this for several people as long as I have time to do it but I'm not into the tank design myself! Also check with Gerd he was also doing some tanks with laser cut metal!

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