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28mm Fanatik02 Oct 2018 9:37 a.m. PST

Right in time for the Czech and Polish releases but over a year after PSC's and priced 25 percent higher. Any takers?

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The hull of the BF T-55 seems wider but PSC's gun appears longer and more detailed. Plus, it has better storage.

Advantage PSC.

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Here's the PSC sprue:

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Garand02 Oct 2018 9:45 a.m. PST

At least you can build a straight T-55 from the sprue layouts. So it does have a bit of flexibility. But no turret stowage bin, so limited in building Polish or Czech machines…

Damon.

Col Piron02 Oct 2018 10:30 a.m. PST

Not much to the turret bin .

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP02 Oct 2018 1:08 p.m. PST

BF I find to be much crisper .BF has the better detailed turret. So for me advantage BF .But I am building the T54 with T 55 For FOAN .Both however are good models IMO .

Wargamer Blue02 Oct 2018 2:52 p.m. PST

I found the PSC T-55 a pig to put together. Some parts had to be shaved down so they would fit together.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2018 12:26 a.m. PST

Wargamer Blue- I find that true with many PSC kits. The desert Honeys come to mind.

The BF T54 goes together like a dream and in no time at all. If the time spent building is an issue then the higher cost of the BF model may well be worth it.

Andy Tea03 Oct 2018 1:19 a.m. PST

I'm looking at doing a Czech list and have been doing a bit of research and I think I'll go with the BF ones

I wouldn't mind the PSC kit being a bit fiddly if I was only building the 5 but chances are I'll end up with 20 odd so the ease of building for BFs wins out

also they do a very nice box for the Fate of a Nation game that comes with 9 T-54/55 and 2x Shilka

freerangeegg03 Oct 2018 11:04 a.m. PST

Buy them on Battlefront's FOAN preorder offer and get them at 25% discount, then they're pretty much the same price as PSCs ones

Col Piron03 Oct 2018 1:22 p.m. PST

I wouldn't mind the PSC kit being a bit fiddly if I was only building the 5 but chances are I'll end up with 20 odd so the ease of building for BFs wins out

Yep some can be , ie the WW2 Loyd carrier has 20 + parts !

After you have done a couple they do get quicker to build .thumbs up

In the end maybe it just comes down to cost , £30.00 GBP V £19.95 GBP for 5 tanks ,especially when you may need 50+ .

Andy Tea04 Oct 2018 1:37 a.m. PST

I should need 50+ as I'm doing T-72 and BMP companies with some T-55s as in support

Andy Tea04 Oct 2018 4:27 a.m. PST

shouldn't need the should be

Col Piron04 Oct 2018 5:17 a.m. PST

An unbiased review of the PSC T-55 kit : https://youtu.be/32X4QF2bdEI

Andy Tea05 Oct 2018 2:44 a.m. PST

Thanks for that Col Piron
its confirmed that I have made the right choice for me by going for the BF ones.

watching him having to sand down the front plates and part of the lower hull to make them fit plus having to drill a hole to fit gubbins to the turret seems like to much faff to me for something I'd like to be able to knock out a unit of in an evening

Cheers

Col Piron05 Oct 2018 9:14 a.m. PST

@Andy Tea no worries , but if the turret had a hole in some people would moan about filling it , as for the rest yes these days it shouldn't need to be done . If like me you started building models in the 1970s , its not as bad as some kits back then .

Have you seen his vid about the BF ANZAC M113 MRV Box Set , that's a bad kit lucky not many are needed .

Achtung Minen16 Oct 2018 7:35 a.m. PST

I got the PSC kit for my East German T-55A's and it went together quite well! The BF kit looks nice, but it seems very limited in what variants you can build. I needed the PSC kit to build 1970's East German T-55's, for instance.

ACW Gamer Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2018 7:14 p.m. PST

I just finished 5 PSC T-55s. I understand that model builders would see them as no big problem, but I found them a pain. I am more of a painter than a builder.

I also had to sand down the top and bottom hull to get them to fit together. Plus I had to sand down the bottom of the turret to fit the top of the turret as well.

I love fuel drums on Soviet tanks and these were a *$&#@ to get on and the instructions really didn't explain how they were supposed to go on.

I didn't build them as AMs, so I didn't have to drill a hole for the wind sensor which I didn't want to do as my OCD would drive me crazy to get them all the same on all the tanks.

The PSCs DID look great once I was done…..but maybe I should try BFs when I build some for TANKS.

Andy Tea18 Oct 2018 1:26 a.m. PST

I've built 9 BF T-55AM2 so far and they have gone together really well
no problems at all

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 5:31 a.m. PST

Andy- I think you will find the BF ones much easier to build than the PSC T55AM2 . The guy who did the review for the PSC ones on You Tube also found them more fiddly to build. Both are very good models though.

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