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EE-T1 Osório: The Lost MBT

The Trumpeter Kit

First of all, the name of the model is incorrect. The EE-T1 Osório was the only series ever built. The EE-T2 designation was to be used on the model built for export to Saudi Arabia, and that never happened.

The kit is very good overall, with a tan plastic. But be ready, because there are a lot of flaws to be cleaned-up before you can start gluing. Here is what I discovered in each assembly phase.

  • Wheel Assembly 1: just a lot of flaws to be cleaned.
  • Lower Hull Assembly 2 and 3: should fill the lower hull holes with plasticard and putty.
  • Rear Panel Assembly 4: I replaced the jerry cans (the kit supplied are awful) and I also made new Jerrycans holders from aluminum foil, the piece C6 should be glued on vertical position (and not inclined as ordered on the instructions) so we should, first of all, fill up the holes and glue the pieces in the correct position. The piece B7 also deserved a little attention, making and detailing a new cover with plasticard. I made a spare shoes holder from aluminum foil, and a new fixing support was made for the tools (piece D10).
  • Track Construction 5: it has some holes to make adjustments, in my case, I used the last 4 and it was still sagged, and I had to underpass it under one of the return rollers (since it will not show after the side panel was in place).
  • Fore Upper Hull Assembly 6: I didn't use the headlights (pieces D5 and D6) because I didn't see it in any of my references. The rear mirrors (pieces D1 and D2) were detailed with a new pole and placed in the closed position (it was only used when parking), the tools weren't glued on the muddy, I also detailed the muddy guard with a thin stripe of aluminum foil. The tool (D7) was glued in position and detailed with aluminum foil.
  • Rear Upper Hull Assembly 7 and 8: I built it according to the instructions, with no modifications.
  • Upper Hull Assembly 9: I left the tracks to be build later. Every tool was glued in place and detailed with aluminum foil and wire. I preferred to glue the side panels after overall painting. I did all hatches and cover handles.
  • Main Gun Assembly 10: I used the 120mm main gun (to the Saudi Arabia version), detailed the pieces C1 and C2 with a soaked paper with white glue + water, to simulate the canvas cover of the gun, I also drilled the main gun mount.
  • Turret Assembly 11, 12 and 13: this step was the longest and demanded more job, I started building the rubber pad that covers the gun mantelet using dentist rubber sheet, I glued all transparent parts of the periscopes (pieces: D3 and D4) and put some white glue to mask for painting. I made a new piece B26 with aluminum foil and corrected the positioning for the B35 (more to the left side and not for the right side as indicated on the instructions). I made the detailing of the upper hinge on the turret upper rear door (B16) and a new lower hinge for the same door. Also detailed the rear turret part (B16) adding a circular piece to the left side of the door and a few others small parts in scratchbuilt. I put handles, when necessary on the boxes and panels doors, using thin wire. Detailed the .50 machine gun making the support in aluminum foil, I also used another ammunition box (from my spare parts box). On the coaxial 7,62mm machine gun (D23) I drilled and glued a syringe needle with the proper diameter. I replaced the pieces C3 and C4 by scratching them with aluminum foil. Last but not least, I made two antennas using a guitar wire cut in the proper size (10 feet = more or less 3 meters), using the 1/35th scale rulers (thanks Gunnie! J).
    And the assembly is finished, so let's move to the painting and weathering phase.
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About the Author

About Paulo R Castro (ArmouredSprue)

I'm a 43 years old modeller originally from Brazil but now living in the beautiful Adelaide South Australia, and I like to build 1/35th military vehicles, both tanks and AFV and jeeps and trucks. I also enjoy building planes in 1/72, most WWII. Feel free to contact me by e-mail: [email protected]


Very nice jim: It gives you a good picture of the model but allows you to be able to continue reading the article. DAGGER-1: "To The Victor, Go The Spoils"
JUN 14, 2002 - 11:40 PM
Jim, I like the new format a lot better.
JUN 15, 2002 - 03:47 AM
Bryan, Thanks! I thought it might help out for the dial-up folks. Which will be me when I am on my trip. I want to add a few more things and eventually have it so anyone could just plug this info in and make an article using a submission form. Kind of like the news and reviews area. Jim
JUN 15, 2002 - 07:51 AM
Well Jim, I'm afraid my article wasn't so popular, at least just a few guys commented it Maybe its due the odd subject...let's see if I hit the target for the next project
JUN 18, 2002 - 03:40 AM
Don't worry Paulo - I liked it and your article style won't be alone. I've almost got mine done too. Jim might decide to leave mine on my site and just link it instead Gunnie
JUN 18, 2002 - 03:53 AM
Paulo, Well I liked it! Don't be too critical of yourself. It's a unique subject matter and I think many people like to read about the more rare kits over time. Besides I am sure many of our Brazilian users will appriciate it! Speaking of them (there are at least 15 users who selected the Brazilian flag in their profile info), they will probably take note once the Portuguese language version is published. Tonight hopefully! Cheers, Jim
JUN 18, 2002 - 04:12 AM
Hey Paulo, Nice article and great photos. Don't think popular is important But I do think anyone building this kit would do well to read your article. As to the format I think it works great. especially if the pic to the right compliments the subject within the article. :-)
JUN 18, 2002 - 04:32 AM
Thanks for the kind words, guys and gal :-) Jim, I was wondering when you gonna put the PT version on the site, I'd like you to include a link like the DISCUSS THIS ARTICLE on the portuguese version also, but directed to the Portuguese forum, you can write it in english and I'll edit it to portuguese... again, thanks a lot for the attention!
JUN 18, 2002 - 04:41 AM
Paulo, Could you go ahead and post the topic there now (or soon) and just remark that it will be posted there tonight? I don't want the final impression to be that I speak Portuguese. I already get lots of users emailing me in Dutch and German now. Then when I upload the article tonight I will reference that post. Thanks, Jim
JUN 18, 2002 - 04:50 AM
Ok JIm, I'm about to put it right now! I'll use the same title as you used in this topic...
JUN 18, 2002 - 05:00 AM