At last! Recreate The Tank Museum's iconic TOG 2* with 1,230 Cobi pieces making this their biggest tank build ever!
Weighing 80 tons the TOG 2* is the heaviest tank in the Museum. It was designed on the premise that World War II would evolve in the same way as the First World War.
TOG 2* was completed in 1941. It was so heavy they could only weigh half at a time. The tank was fitted with four different gun turrets between 1941 and 1944, ending up with the type of turret designed by Stoddart and Pitt for the A30 Challenger Heavy Cruiser Tank. This mounted a 17pdr gun, making the tank a TOG 2*.
This is a huge kit and certainly doesn't disappoint. I was very impressed with the intricacy of the camouflage pattern that is replicated and achieved by using both bricks and printed plates (the latter only on the side and used to save pieces), the effect is a very close resemblance to the real thing. Indeed it's nice to see the steadily evolving quality of COBI builds (the gun in particular is much sturdier than some of my older models) and this tank certainly makes a good centrepiece (the little brick with the sign on is a nice touch). My only misgiving is that a pair of the one-stud-sized sloped pieces are very similar to one another, and disrupted the track action when mixed up, however this was quickly fixed once I examined the 'horns' of the vehicle and swapped the offending pieces around. Just pay attention to the instructions and be sure to build this on a table with plenty of space!
I pre ordered this for my son as he's tank mad , we've found in the past odd bits missing from cobi models but this time everything there. Took several days for my 9yr old to build but worth in the end . With the addition that we're supporting the tank museum an added bonus .
Great fun bit of kit
Pre-ordered this and built it over 4 nights last week. took my time and it took about 6 hours for me while watching a bit of TV at the same time. (would have been quicker if you open the bags into pots to search for the parts, I had to work with the bags) Instructions were good and clear. You just need to check you are using the exactly right shaped parts, as there are a few that are very similar. these are pointed out in the manual. The bricks come in 4 big bags which each contain smaller bags of parts, I split up the build by doing one bag a night. Build was fun, and not too repetitive, what you would expect for a Tank.
Part quality is very good, just as good as Lego for the most part, a few mould marks but nothing that affects the final appearance.
Looks great on my shelf, I recommend this.
Purchased for my son who collectes Cobi Tanks, planes and now ships
Excellent cobi kit that was he really enjoyed to make it was Solid, Heavy, Big (as you would expect from a TOG) and he was blown away with the certificate that it arrived with