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Building a NTC M1A1 Abrams!

I'm still not complete with this project yet. I wanted to have something done for the August Supercon here in Ft.Worth. I still want to put the mine rollers on. I also want to put the temporary unit chevrons and bumper numbers to represent a track from one of the units I supported while I was with the 24th Infantry Division. I'm also thinking about placing it on a diorama with and M88 getting ready to pull the "pack" out. Endless possibilities. A project is truly never done.

I have submitted 3 pictures to update my NTC M1A1 Abrams article (see gallery).

The mine roller came from the Trumpeter M1A1 Abrams w/Mine Roller Set. It was constructed straight from the box.

I also added a couple of markings to the vehicle. The V's and Unit identification V on the side skirts was made from Drafting tape . The 32 on the sides was painted with thin flat whit paint and then I used a Q-tip soaked with alcohol to fade it. The vehicle is marked as vehicle number 32 from B company.

See all images for this project here.


  • Concord Publications Mini Color Series M1A1/A2 Abrams, Walter Bohm
  • Concord Publications National Training Center, Greg Stewart
  • Warmachines No. 6 M1 - M1IP - M1A1 Abrams, Francois Verlinden
  • Verlinden Productions Modeling Magazine Volume 8 Number 3
  • Darlington Productions, Inc. Museum Ordnance Special #9
  • Abrams Main Battle Tank M1A1 and M1A2, Glen Broman

About the Author

About Pete Becerra (Epi)

I am 48 years of age. I have been modeling since I was around 8 years old. As you can see from my signature, I am retired from the US Army and Texas Army National Guard. I served 6 years in active duty from 1989 to 1995 and in 1998 I joined the Texas Army National Guard and been serving up unt...