Joining Trumpeters growing fleet of prime movers, this kit is their latest addition. The AT-T is a tracked vehicle, sharing the same components as a T-54. The kit and markings are for one vehicle. Molded in the now customary grey Trumpeter plastic, there are ten sprues in the kit of which three are the tracks and two are the rubber road wheels. It includes one fret of PE, clear parts and one sheet of decals. The parts are nicely molded, but there are some prominent mold lines on some of the smaller parts that must be taken care of.
Construction begins with the engine and drive train. Since the radiator grill of the cab is open, you can see the engine. Trumpeter did not skimp on the detail and the engine is a kit in itself. Since the engine flaps cannot be opened on the cab (at least without some surgery), you really don’t need to super-detail the engine. The instructions are clear and the engine and drive train went together without a problem. Similarly, the lower hull also went together quickly. There’s a little bit of play in the idler arms, but nothing that is out of the ordinary.
The bed of the vehicle is well molded and easy to assemble. The stakes that hold up the wooden sides of the bed (part E4) a little tricky to assemble, but not too bad. The lower half of the stake bed requires a little bit of PE. Given the abilities of molding plastic these days, I really don’t know why Trumpeter chose to do this (I am not a fan of PE) but so be it.
Trumpeter has made a name for itself with very esoteric kit selections. They have chosen to kit several prime movers and this, by far, is my favorite. There is just some quality of this vehicle that piques my curiosity.
My thanks to IPMS, Megahobby, and Trumpeter for giving me the opportunity to review this kit.