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Help! PLA Type 59-I Tank?
kunjuro
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Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2020 - 06:34 AM UTC
Quick question: does anyone have more information of this new Hobby Boss Type 59-I tank fielded by the PLA? The most visible difference between this and their earlier Type 59 kit is the inclusion of the Range Finder on top of the gun mantlet

This is the kit


And this is the only photo of the tank that matches 1:1 what the kit has (no side skirts, no headlights on the fenders)
panamadan
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Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2020 - 08:16 AM UTC
That looks to be the difference
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Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2020 - 09:31 AM UTC
I hear there is an upgraded Ramen Noodle cooker to the right of the driver, but it's all rumor
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Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2020 - 03:56 PM UTC
Type 59-1 is suppose to be equipped with rubber padded tracks,which do not look to be included.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2020 - 07:14 PM UTC

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Type 59-1 is suppose to be equipped with rubber padded tracks,which do not look to be included.



The early Type 59-I did not have the rubber side skirts so I would presume that rubber padded tracks were also a later change.
Some info here:
https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldwar/China/chinese_PLA_tanks.php