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HobbyBoss M1070 & M1000 HETS
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Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2011 - 11:31 AM UTC
Seb Viale shares a first look into the M1070 Tractor and M1000 Trailer that will be released by Hobby Boss very soon, a huge kit in 1/35 scale. Get that disabled Abrams ready to be hauled away...

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Thanks!
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Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2011 - 11:39 AM UTC
Wow! What a review and what a kit!

Thanks for the informative look inside.


~ Jeff
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Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2011 - 09:49 PM UTC
WOW..a wish came true..! next thing..where and when will it be available in our area.
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Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2011 - 10:03 PM UTC
It looks like it will be a nice model, would this be the correct version to transport a Challenger 2 on?

Pete
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Posted: Sunday, October 02, 2011 - 10:24 PM UTC

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It looks like it will be a nice model, would this be the correct version to transport a Challenger 2 on?

Pete



Unfortunately not mate! the two trucks are very different when you compare them.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 02:36 AM UTC
i'd never thought I'd want a wheel'ed model so much
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 02:46 AM UTC
If Dragon ever sends me the replacement parts for my M1A2, I'll be investing in one of these.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 03:12 AM UTC
I can't wait for it to be available either. It looks great. It is kind of a let down about the seat belts. They look great on the AA version. I built the AA one a while back and am interested to see how else they compare.



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If Dragon ever sends me the replacement parts for my M1A2, I'll be investing in one of these.



I don't see how the two are connected, but...

What parts do you need? I have a bunch of Abrams spares and probably have them.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 05:02 AM UTC
I have to say that I really appreciate HobbyBoss' efforts in tackling desirable 1/35 armor, especially modern subjects that we may have otherwise only seen in resin.

It seems that they still need a bit of refinement in the detail area based on your observations Seb. I noticed the same thing with the DANA and Wolf. There are areas of outstanding detail and kit engineering, and then there are a few areas where the refined detail is surprisingly lacking.

I love the approach HobbyBoss took with engineering the hood.

I can't tell you how much I dislike rubber tires, and the rubber boots as well. I have never seen the rubber used in armor kits hold up well over time, and I wish they were made from styrene instead. I'm sure there will be a nice resin wheel replacement set or two in the AM, but those get expensive which doesn't help with an already expensive (albeit very nice) kit. I'd honestly rather put that extra money into another kit.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 05:18 AM UTC
I shudder to think what 42 new resin trailer wheels will cost! You know someone will make them too. I'll live with the rubber ones for now!

Jim
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 05:40 AM UTC
Dear Jeremy, Dear All
Thanks for your comment on my review much appreciate.

We are sharing the same analysis on the overall attention to detail of HB.

Regarding the resin wheels, you can find already from Realmodel the wheels at 25 euros for 9 wheels
Regarding the dampers, we need to see the aging issue here.
For the trailer the wheels are very small so i dont think i can be a price issue here.

But i will prefer to have a resin engine for the beast.

I love to see a M1070 without bonnet on the M1000 trailer, what a nice dio idea

Cheers
Seb
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 08:50 AM UTC

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I shudder to think what 42 new resin trailer wheels will cost! You know someone will make them too. I'll live with the rubber ones for now!



I agree with Jim on both accounts.

I bet AA comes out with an update set that includes their already made tires from their kit. It could also include the seat belts and resin air bellows.

I have had no issues with rubber tires and other parts. The key is to paint the plastic with a good enamel paint to put a barrier between the plastic and rubber. I have had kits like the Tamiya M26 Dragon Wagon for over 12 years and it has had no issues with the rubber tires.



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But i will prefer to have a resin engine for the beast.

I love to see a M1070 without bonnet on the M1000 trailer, what a nice dio idea



A resin engine would be cool as well. AA's doesn't come with the engine either. I wonder how the CMK M939 5 ton engine would look in it? It's probably too small though. I'll have to check it out when it comes out and I get one.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 09:40 AM UTC

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It looks like it will be a nice model, would this be the correct version to transport a Challenger 2 on?

Pete



Unfortunately not mate! the two trucks are very different when you compare them.



Pete

Here are two photos from my photo report which is waiting with the staff for room to publish. You can see some of the differences of the M1070F.


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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 10:11 AM UTC

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I shudder to think what 42 new resin trailer wheels will cost! You know someone will make them too. I'll live with the rubber ones for now!

Jim



you and me both Jim! Im thinking of what just the TWS replacement wheels for the Dragon Wagon costs...now tripple that!!
that said, I wonder who will be the first to chance it and release them in resin. Accurate Armour could modify thier wheels a bit and cash in further...

Imagine the Eduard sets that will come from this...or Voyager/ Griffon/ ET/ Lion Roar!
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 04:24 PM UTC
Around $150? A considerable bargain, when compared to what a single 1/48 aircraft can cost these days! So this is what is lurking in my Winter "things to do" pile......
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 05:05 PM UTC
Guys, Seb pointed out that there is already a resin wheel set for the M1070 available from realmodel:

M1070 resin wheel set

However it seems that it only covers the wheels for the tractor, not the trailer.

Seb: I thought it was interesting that HobbyBoss chose not to include an engine in this kit, especially since Trumpeter has made it a common practice to do so in their Chinese and Soviet transport vehicle kits. Regardless, I'm very glad to see all of these modern vehicles on the market as high quality styrene kits for a reasonable price.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 06:51 PM UTC

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Guys, Seb pointed out that there is already a resin wheel set for the M1070 available from realmodel:

M1070 resin wheel set

However it seems that it only covers the wheels for the tractor, not the trailer.

Seb: I thought it was interesting that HobbyBoss chose not to include an engine in this kit, especially since Trumpeter has made it a common practice to do so in their Chinese and Soviet transport vehicle kits. Regardless, I'm very glad to see all of these modern vehicles on the market as high quality styrene kits for a reasonable price.



Trailers wheels set I prepare.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 07:00 PM UTC
Wheels at 14.40 Euros not Bad Milo
An engine maybe ??
the Oshkosh logo in PE also ??
cheers
Seb
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 07:33 PM UTC

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Wheels at 14.40 Euros not Bad Milo
An engine maybe ??
the Oshkosh logo in PE also ??
cheers
Seb



I think that many PE parts missing or must rebuild. Interior is very poor. Missing PE instrument panels, buckles....
I build AA and this model included very good PE parts.
I have very good reference photos. Tractor and trailer. Of course engine.
I look forward to new work on this model
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Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 11:48 PM UTC

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I think that many PE parts missing or must rebuild. Interior is very poor. Missing PE instrument panels, buckles....
I build AA and this model included very good PE parts.
I have very good reference photos. Tractor and trailer. Of course engine.
I look forward to new work on this model



Ok Milo but you have to keep it simple at 150 euros the donor kit, if you starting to generate a upgrade kit at 50 euros plus 2 kit for the wheels at 40 in total. It is gonna pricey...

Engine will be great for a start

We keep in touch
Cheers
Seb
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Posted: Wednesday, October 05, 2011 - 07:50 AM UTC
I'd wondered what I'd do with my poor sad little Abrams, now I know.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 05, 2011 - 11:52 AM UTC
I can't believe it!I looked at this thread at first because I'm building an M-25 for the what if campaign.On my home from work today i was waiting in a construction roadblock and way up ahead in the other lane I saw a BIG TRUCK.!As I got closer I could see it was green.I couldn't stop,but as I went by I saw it was an M1070 and trailer!Must have been Nat. Guard.It was hauling a huge bulldozer(also green).I'v never seen one in my life.It was pretty cool,and very big.Life imitating armorama? Jeff
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Posted: Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 09:23 PM UTC
what is the length of the kit, tractor and the trailer, please?

Just wondering how it compares to the Faun and Maz I have.

thank you,

K.
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Posted: Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 11:24 PM UTC

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Ok Milo but you have to keep it simple at 150 euros the donor kit, if you starting to generate a upgrade kit at 50 euros plus 2 kit for the wheels at 40 in total. It is gonna pricey...
Engine will be great for a start
We keep in touch
Cheers
Seb



I'll second that. as far as AM, I think resin tyres set (for truck AND trailers) is a must. everything else is icing on the cake I hope that there will be an option to just buy tyres but not an entire upgrade kit.
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Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 09:01 AM UTC
Well done Seb. Great review!

The only comment I must make is that many kits have had PE bending jigs included, Seb.

This is not a criticism of the review, just a comment.