Saturday, April 18, 2015

Review - The T-Pea Hunchback

Hi everyone,

It's time for a new review for my 15mm sci-i army.  Today I will be talking about Antenocitis'  T-Pea Hunchback APC.

The model comes in a plastic blister  pack. They are like the Spartan Games' blister packs; that is they open from the back and are not permanently sealed.

The quality of the model is high, with hardly any seam lines or flash.  The details are crisp and the resin used is of high standard.  The only quarrel I have is the baby blue colour of the resin, but this is just a matter of personal choice and should not really impact my judgment of the model.

The T-Pea Hunchback kit also comes with alternate turrets to choose from.  You can opt for the dual short range missiles or AA missile pods + chain Guns.  This is a very nice option from Antenocitis.

There is one problem with this model and it is the way the kit is put together. The T-Pea comes in more than 9 parts (depending on the turret choice), which is rather high compared to other models in the same category. Unfortunately , my critique does not stop there. Most of the components are the wheels.  There are six altogether and they connect from the end of the  wheel-shaft into a shallow slot in the centre of the wheel.

The design allows for a pretty weak build. I think the team at Antenocitis did not really think this through properly.  The fineness of the shafts makes it 
difficult to correct, fix or replace.  One suggestion I heard was to glue the model  onto a base to give it extra support.

If anyone knows how to get a stronger construction build for this model, please let me know by leaving a comment below.

Where scale is concerned, the model is spot on.  You can see a comparison with some 15mm models and the Nemesis Light recon vehicle by Clear Horizon miiatures. The T-Pea can take an eight man-sized squad, but it would be a tight fit.

Overall, I like the model, and I will buy several more for specific use with my Engineer platoons.  At first I admit I was a bit disappointed with the wheels, but I like the design so much that I have now overlooked the wheel problem. I will just have to find a way to make them sturdier - even it it takes more work.

If you ask me whether or not you should buy this model, I admit I have mixed feelings. I think that there are models just as good looking as the T-Pea, but with less construction hassles.

Therefore, if you are not ready to invest some time, then I would look for something different.  The good news is you will not have to look far, because Antenocitis have another APC which is a winner in my book.  It is the Kabardin, and it will be the subject of my next review.

Once again, I come to the end of another post, and all I have left to say is farewell and good health from your fellow modeller and wargamer.


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