1/72 M1A2 SEP with Mine Clearing Blade System

FLYHAWK 1/72 M1A2 SEP with Mine Clearing Blade System




The M1A2 SEP (System Enhancement Program) is an upgrade version of the standard M1A2 main battle tank. 
The SEP upgrade includes improved processors, color and high resolution flat panel displays, increased memory capacity, user friendly Soldier Machine Interface (SMI) and an open operating system that will allow for future growth. Major improvements include the integration of the Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (2nd Gen FLIR) sight, the Under Armor Auxiliary Power Unit (UAAPU) and a Thermal Management System (TMS). Changes to the M1A2 Abrams Tank contained in SEP configuration are intended to improve lethality, survivability, mobility, sustainability and provide increased situational awareness and command and control enhancements. 
A multi-year contract for 307 M1A2 Abrams Systems Enhancement Program (SEP) tanks was awarded in March 2001 with production into 2004. In November 2007, General Dynamics was awarded a contract for the upgrade of 240 M1A2 SEP version one tanks to the version two configuration which has improved sights, displays and a tank-infantry phone. Currently, the US Army has a total of 588 M1A2 SEP.



After of the first release of the M1A2 SEP Abrams FLYHAWK comes with another model of the tank, the M1A2 SEP with Mine Clearing Blade System.
In the top open cardboard box with excellent artwork showing the Abrams in front view, contains 189 parts in grey molded plastic, 24 photo ethed parts, 1 very cleanly printed decal sheet, a piece of chain and cable and 2 sheets colored instructions.


The largest part of the kit concerns the upper part of the hull with nicely sharp molded details on all sides without flash or injector points on wrong side.
With a close look we see, the anti-slip surfaces molded into the top surfaces in the correct areas, integral frontal mudguards, hinges, fuel filler caps, there are no cast meshes because they are represented with the finest photo etched parts.




The very clear lower part of the turret.


The upper part of turret has an anti slip coating in the necessery points the detail is crisp and clear, and open commander, gunner hatches.




The part for the bottom of hull has the suspension arms molded together with nice detail, but they will have to pay special attention because they are a little fragile.


Τhe sprue tree E contain the side halfs of the lower hull, and three bars for it to align both sides.



Here we see the sprue N which it contains the two hull armored side skirts, single-piece main gun barrel with good detail for the scale, leader's hutch with open visor, the rear armor wall with impressive molded exhaust grilles.


Closer view on parts of N sprue.





In the K sprue we have the baskets separete from the sprue tree, railings and stowage bins in excellent thin molded plastic, the two steel tow ropes, smoke grenade launcher, driver's hatch, and the M2.50cal Browning gun with separate ammunition box.


The J small frame contains the tank commander's cupola hatch with interior and exterior details and open periscopes.



More railings for the turret storage aria end some more elements included in the sprue L.
Sprue O with parts for the left sponson fuel tank and storage box for the turret.


The small sprue C contain parts for the suspension and the drive sprockets and the road wheels in two frames with nice molded details.



The bigfoot T-158 style tracks come in two parts for the left and the right and has good visible details.


The inner half for both tracks with detailed molded teeth.


Separate part No 11 for the main gun shield.


The sprue with clear parts for periscopes.


Here we have the parts for the plow system in two plastic frames with 51 quality parts.






Another extra parts for this version. chain and cable.


The small unpainted photo etched fret include the turret's storage meshs some hull grils, two thermal panels which are placed front of the turret and the molded numpers if you do not want to use the decals 
Also inglude a mask to paint the road wheels.


The Cartograf printed decal sheet supplied, contains numpers and symbols for the five variants markings.


Two leaflets instructions are contained, one for the tank and one for the extra parts of the plow system, both instructions sheets are simple, clear and understandable.

- Instruction Sheet -

21 22 C D


Very interesting concept from Flyhawk for the 1/72 M1A2 SEP Abrams.
Special thanks to Flyhawk to providing us this sample.
Highly recommend!!!!

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