There hasn’t been an M26 for quite some time and rather than throwing out a simple upgrade, COBI have drawn from the full and created a top-notch set using great building techniques.
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We start, of course, once again with numerous plates that form the basis of the hull. As we gain altitude, some of the interior equipment is also being built. This consists of a detailed engine, which is not built separately here. Jumper plates are used on the upper part of the hull, which can be used to achieve different widths and thus more details.
In the coming construction steps, part of the hull will be tiled and the front skirt will be built. Then it goes on on the underside with the rollers. Here, rows are not simply set with Plates Modified. 4 castors receive a complex substructure that provides more stability. The interaction with the chains is perfect. These run buttery smooth and do not require any pressure, even on smooth surfaces. The entire rear cover is built separately. Here COBI uses a cool construction technique. The whole element is not attached with any studs and still sits perfectly. It is pushed under tiles in the front area and simply hooked in at the back. A hose ensures a chic look and also fixes the whole thing.
The turret is also very detailed and the round hatch just looks great. The gun barrel from which the prototype fires 90mm grenades is built separately and then attached to the turret. A few tracks, an antenna and the machine gun provide further details and the construction of the actual tank model is done.
Since I’m building the Executive Edition here, the M5 gun is of course also part of it. A total of 5 figures must also be built, as opposed to the single figure in the Standard Edition. The gun can be attached to the tank and pulled.
It doesn’t matter whether you choose the Standard or Executive Edition. In both cases you get a great model with new construction techniques and even some new components that have not existed in any model I know of before.