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1:35 Evo-T
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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 12:11 AM UTC
Trisaw reviews the unique EVO-T tank - a combination of armored car, Fast Attack Vehicle, Monster Truck, and concepts from various Sci-fi video game vehicles.

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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 04:14 PM UTC
Good, thorough review Trisaw, thanks.

I must say, though, that I would disagree with your assessment of the moulding quality. For the retail price of $204 and the minimal part count, I'd really expect near perfect parts. From the photos alone, I can see really large bubbles in many of the resin parts, small bubbles in a lot of parts & corners, signs that the mould are tired and should have been replaced (those resin blobs) and poor definition of detail on the turret and twin suspension arm.

While the concept is quite good, the execution looks relatively poor from the photos and in some cases (i.e. the bubbles in the wheel rims) very difficult to fix properly.

I have to say that I'm not sure why it is that we SF modellers are expected to pay top dollar for substandard mouldings. Perhaps it is assumed that the subject is just so cool we have to have it, but we are also our own worst enemies when we pay good money for poor product.

If you take a look at what you get for the same money in an armour or aircraft resin kit, the difference in quality is astonishing. Crisp, clean, thin, pressure cast parts with minimal pour plugs and virtually no bubbles of any kind. 50-60 (or many more) parts in these kits, from very large to incredibly tiny, all cast near perfectly. We need to stop paying top dollar for poorly cast models simply because the subject is cool.

Sorry to get off on a bit of a rant, but the quality of this kit, as seen in the photos presented, really represents the casting quality of the 1980s. Things are much, much better now and we SF modellers should not be ashamed to expect it when we lay down our hard-to-come-by cash.

I'll get down off the box now...

:)

Paul
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Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 05:57 AM UTC
Paul,

Point well taken. Hmmm...I think the reason why I gave it such high marks is because I do not have any of the "perfect resin kits" in my collection outside of Sci-fi. I have quite a few top-dollar Sci-fi figures, but Cromwell, Accurate Armor, PSM, Armorcast, Real Model, or other high-end resin products I do not have, or at least not something that large. As such, I have nothing to compare these resin parts to.

Yup, this kit is going to take some work to make it clean and presentable. Thanks for your views...I may reconsider the rating.