Building the Spanish AMX-30E from Meng Models 1/35 scale

by Federico Collada © 2014 Modeler Site

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For many decades the only 1/35 model of the AMX-30 was the one produced by the French company Heller, which had some nice details but also some troublesome parts and what was evident, it lacked of subtle details so if you wanted to have a nicely detailed model of the French tank you surely had to work a lot. Few years ago, the Meng Models Company from China presented their new kit at the Scale Model World 2012 at Telford and they did it “the big way” placing the real AMX-30B from the Bovington tank museum aside so the modellers could compare and enjoy.


That was certainly a big surprise and an effective commercial move as every modeller was talking about it for many days. As expected, the new model was immediately compared with the ancient Heller kit although it was not necessary at all, it is almost impossible to find a 20years old kit that can stand against any new model made with the latest technology, and the Heller kit is even older, a lot older.

Back to the Meng kit, is made of 390 dark green plastic pieces with another 360 of brown plastic for the tracks links. A photoetched fret with a few parts and a transparent plastic frame with the lenses, periscopes, etc. A small decal sheet provides the necessary for two models, one in overall green and another one with the typical NATO three tone camouflage, both from the French army. As I wanted my kit to be an AMX-30E I had to look for the decals somewhere else.

The Spanish AMX-30E

I started the building, following the instructions from the step two, I left the wheels aside unglued for better painting them once I was to begin with the decoration. Some of the suspension parts are not to be glued so you can position the torsion bars in the angle you like to adapt the wheels to the terrain. That decided me immediately to create an irregular base for the model.



I continued with the instructions step by step but left aside some parts; tools, extra track links, front boxes, photoetched mesh for the exhausts, fire extinguishers, lights crystals, searchlight, etc.


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