MENG M1A2 TUSK I / TUSK II (TS-026)
With MENG's new releases I am seeing MENG grow as a company at least in some areas. When reviewing some of their earlier releases I (and others) had noticed damage due to poor packaging. MENG have with their M1A2 provided a much larger box along with carefully padding fragile parts against damage, kudos to MENG management here
On opening the box I'll admit to being a little surprised. It has become the norm in the last few years to tightly pack as much into the box as possible to create the feeling (IMO) of abundance and value for money, even if many of the parts are left unused (at the end) for a different variant. On opening the M1A2's box I'll admit to feeling a little cheated, however on closer inspection of parts and how the items were packaged I was happy to find it was case a company taking extra space to allow for better and safer packing of sprue frames.
- 1 Instruction book with what has become the standard for MENG of Box art on the front cover, brief information of vehicle in multiple languages over the next few pages, build instruction followed at the end with Vehicle paint options.
- 2 Sheets of photo-etch packaged separately.
- Individually packaged hull.
- 9 Frames holding most of vehicles parts (Including one double up for the suspension and road wheels)
- 3 Clear plastic frames.
- 4 Frames moulded in dark brown for the tracks.
The quality of detail is what has become typical for MENG. Good solid detail with well shaped finish but sacrificing fine detail in many areas. This can been seen in the comparison to the right. MENG's part is on the left, Rye Field Models is on the right. When we compare details like lifting/grab handles and fuel filler caps the difference is clear.