【 Made for the Streets 】 During the Iraq War of 2003 and the subsequent occupation, the M1 Abrams served as the main tank of the US military. While the M1A2 SEP was a highly modernized version including electronics improvements and so on, the US military found that it faced a new threat during the occupation from 2004 onwards, namely in close-quarters urban situations with weapons such as mines and hand-held weapons. Tank Urban Survival Kits (TUSK) were developed to counter such threats, and the original TUSK I added block-shaped reactive armor to the tank sides as well as an anti-mine underplate, additional M2 heavy machine gun above the main gun, and shields for the loader. The TUSK II upgrade further added shields for the commander and the distinctive tile-shaped reactive armor, although these were not fitted to all M1A2 SEPs.
【 About the Model 】 This is a 1/35 scale assembly kit model of the M1A2 SEP Abrams tank with the TUSK II urban survival kit. ★Length: 280mm, Width: 127mm. ★The model replicates the tank's imposing form including unique tile-shaped reactive armor, commander and loader shields and M2 machine gun on the main gun. ★Model can be made to feature defensively-upgraded TUSK II or TUSK I systems. ★Complex reactive armor is constructed with few parts and little fuss. ★Includes commander and loader figures (total 2). ★Comes with TUSK I and 2 types of TUSK II markings.
■From the tile-shaped reactive armor to the M2 heavy machine gun above the main gun, the model captures the tank's powerful form.
■Complex shields on top of the turret are recreated with transparent parts.
■Mounted M2 heavy machine gun and spotlight add further realism.
■Unique TUSK II tile-shaped reactive armor can be installed using a small number of parts.
■VCU (Vapor Compression Unit) specific to M1A2 SEP on hull rear is faithfully reproduced.
■Latest M1A2 hull features such as battery panel on top of engine room are included.
■The front draw-bar mirrors that on the rear tank.
■Parts recreate the "belly-armor" that provided protection from mines and improvised explosive devices.
■Includes 2 commander & loader figures wearing body armor and in realistic pose.