T-55 Kits Comparison Review ESCI, LEE, TRUMPETER, SKIF 1/35

There are four T55 kits which are available to the current market.
That is to say it is ESCI (Italy), LEE (China), TRUMPETER (China), SKIF (Ukraine). I assembled these kits straight for comparison review. But, I'm not an expert about T55. Therefore I can't point it out about the accurate resemblance with the real, my comment is based on my subjectivity. Please you see these pictures, and judge them.
現在、市場には4つのT55キットが出回ってます。エッシー、リー、トランペッター、スキフの4社によるものです。これらのキットをすべて素組みで作って検証します。ちなみに私はT55の専門家ではありませんので、実物と比較してどうこうというウンチクは言えません。コメントは私の主観的なものです。写真を見て各人でご判断下さい。

Esci Esci's kit is the oldest one to introduce this time. When Ecsi released this T55 kit, many Modelers were startled in a good point of that quality. T55 was released at the past by Tamiya & Lindberg, but this kit surpassed those.
LEE Chinese maker "LEE" was based on a Esci's kit and made a product. The some details are added to this kit and include mesh for an engine deck. But, track was changed for a soft belt. (It's a scheme to motorize.)
Trumpeter Trumpeter released this T55 as a quite new kit. As for this kit, the details improved more than a kit as before. But, many modelers made trial and error in gluing for the ABS material. And this kit is a scheme to motorize too.
SKIF This is newest kit from Ukraine. This kit contents include interior (basic parts), PE part, that individualistic. But, there is much abbreviation about the details of the appearance.

Turret 砲塔

ESCI

LEE

TRP

SKIF
Gun turret of ESCI & LEE are being flat a little, But TRP's turret is swells.


Commander & Gunner's hatch

ESCI

LEE

TRP

SKIF

Because SKIF's Kit is type of T55A, a radiation protection cover is added to the circumference of a commander's hatch.


Searchlight サーチライト

ESCI

LEE

TRP

SKIF


Gun barrel 砲身

  • ESCI
  • LEE
  • TRP
  • SKIF

Machine guns 対空機銃

  • LEE
  • TRP
  • SKIF


Lower hull part 車体下部

  • ESCI
  • LEE
  • TRP
  • SKIF

Upper hull part 車体上部


Engine deck エンジンデッキ

ESCI

LEE

TRP

SKIF

ESCI is formed with mold. LEE added mesh. TRP separated parts more. SKIF added PE parts.


Stage part which supports a turret

ESCI

LEE

TRP

SKIF

SKIF stands from fender vertically.


Exhaust

ESCI

LEE

TRP

SKIF


Headlight

ESCI

LEE

TRP

SKIF


Lower hull part 車体下部

ESCI

LEE

TRP

SKIF

TRP corrected a direction of suspension arm. SKIF more corrected a mold and detail of side wall, and it has interior.


Interior of SKIF's kit スキフのインテリア部品

It is simple reproduction, But it will be useful as base of detailup.

As for the Skif's kit, the hull bottom, the lower hull part, interior are good. But, those are almost not exposed after completion. The exposed appearance is bad almost. You can enjoy this kit freely if you don't want T55 which is near to the real thing. It is the funky kit!! I assembled this kit straight, and I had enjoying actually. You have a right to choose. スキフのキットについては車体底面や下部、インテリアなどはもっとも良いのですが、完成したらほとんど見えません。で、露出してる外観はほとんどデキが悪いです。実物に似てるとか似てないとかを気にしなければ、けっこう楽しめる面白キットです。実際に私は作ってる最中、けっこう楽しめました。


Wheels 転輪

ESCI

LEE

TRP

SKIF

TRP has the deepest mold. and those have stripe molds on rim. SKIF has spoke without roundness.


Tracks 履帯

ESCI

LEE

TRP

SKIF

ESCI has connection type of plastic parts. LEE, TRP, SKIF are soft belt type.


Exterior 外観

ESCI

LEE

TRP

SKIF


Skill level to need for assembly
It was the easiest about ESCI. I needed time most about TRP.
組立てに関する難易度。
もっとも短時間で完成したのがESCIで、トラペは一番手間がかかりました。

Overall Conclusion
A decisive kit does not exist about T55 yet. We cannot but expect it at Tamiya? Till when must we wait?
まとめ
T55に関しては、まだ決定版といえるキットはありません。我々としては恩田原様の登場を願いたいものです。


EDUARD PE SET

No.003 for Esci

No.189 for Esci

No.389 for Trumpeter


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