Last year I finished a Tamiya Abrams model and did decals and paint roughly based on operation Iraqi Freedom. It turned out very well and has become my favorite tank model. It now resides on my desk mostly hidden by piles of half-finished projects and books.
The capabilities of the tank are very impressive. The model I have done is a second generation Abrams with the 120mm gun. Some variation of the tank has been in service for about 30 years, and they first saw combat in the gulf war. The weird looking white things on the front are designed to reflect the laser sights of other American and British tanks to prevent friendly fire incidents.
My next model is probably going to be a Jagpanther kit I got from my uncle.