UM(MT) – 404 – Т-26Т+ ACE – 72216 – 10,5 cm leFH 18, 1:72

T-26T – the pre-war Soviet tractor.

History.

According to the adopted “Program tank-tractor weapons the Red Army” was assumed on the basis of the production of tractors tanks.. The project is of such a machine , which received the name of ” Fighter “, was made ​​on the basis of the T -19 in 1930 , but mass production did not go, because the preference was given to a similar car on the chassis of the T -26. In the spring of 1932 at KB Voroshilov plant were developed two projects artillery tractors – one with a canvas top , the other with armored. Both projects were launched in the series in 1933.

Most of these machines have been lost in the first weeks of ’41, along with the other equipment of the Red Army. That’s why I decided to make it a tractor of German howitzers.

The model has been refined. Made the right hitch. Did the stairs in front. Thinning fender. And a little bit of different small parts .At the beginning model has been painted in the ” field green”. Then covered with hairspray, and painted in German gray. Next chipped. Assembling the model has not caused problems.

With howitzer was a bit more of a problem with the assembly. Since this ACE. But a little patience, and as usual the set of “ACE” can get something decent. Howitzer is painted in the same color as the tractor. Some color modulation, pigments and toning oil.

Vignette made ​​of plaster. Grass – Sanitary flax. pillar – toothpick.

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OKB Grigorov resin tracks

I received recently two sets of probably the best aftermarket resin tracks currently available. They are produced by OKB Grigorov from Bulgaria and released this year, if I’m correct. I have a Panzer IV Ausf. G from Dragon (1/72) and I wanted a pair of Winterketten under its road-wheels and nothing will do better than this set from OKB Grigorov. I also bough a set of early tracks for Panther, with Zvezda’s Ausf. D on my mind. Details on both these sets are breathtaking; the Panther tracks have hollow guide horns, and, to my knowledge, this was never achieved so far in Braille scale. OKB Grigorov supplies other superb track sets, and I will definitely buy more: Panzer III/IV (also with hollow guide horns), Ostketten, Panther late tracks, T34 etc.

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Panther early tracks (the black ones are from Zvezda):

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The Winterketten:

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More than highly recommended!

Zvezda – 5011 – IS-2 – MasterClub bolts

I wanted to improve the bolts for my IS-2 from Zvezda (1/72), as the ones on the real tank are hexagonal, not round. So I’ve searched the web and came across this Russian company called MasterClub which had exactly what I needed: 0.5 mm hexagonal bolts “on a turn key basis”. I think there is not a single kind of bolts and nuts this company doesn’t supply. For under 10 EUR via eBay (plus transport) I got myself 180 tiny little bolts.

The bag:

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The bolts:

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I made the first attempt on the rear engine access plate. Just drilled the holes and inserted the bolts, and at the end I added a small drop of superglue on the inside face. The original plastic pull rings (which look quite good) were replaced also. Zvezda did a terrific job with those weld seams around the hinges.

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A closeup, to see the hexagonal shape of the bolt.

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I think these bolts really improve the look of a model, especially in larger scales, where you can actually see the difference. Highly recommended!

28mm – Polish Haiduks – Foundry & The Assault Group.

28mm Polish Haiduks – Foundry & The Assault Group.

As part of the commissioned Polish Renaissance Army, some Haiduk regiments were need. They are just 4.
First showed is the Guards unit, totally based in TAG figures, which haves a well bunch of blister dedicated to this topic, including a command, so TAG, bring you 2 different command blister, which includes Officer, Boy and two Standard Bearers. Musicians are taken from another TAG blister, only dedicated to this.
To complete de 27 figures, i used in this regiment an halberdier in Muscovite costume.

Guards unit
Guards unit

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I take some special care of most of the officers, decorating his capes.

Guards command detail
Guards command detail

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Second unit is a common blue-red pattern, also 27 figures, showing a mix of Foundry and TAG, although TAG numbers are higher. TAG provide you a Command blister, 3 different Haiduks blisters (Firing, Loading and Advancing). Plus the already commented Musicians blister and some other extras as the horse holders i used with the Bears.

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Command detail
Command detail

Third regiment shows an also well know pattern, blue-yellow, and also is a mix of Foundry & TAG. Foundry sculpture is pretty nice, but they have two problems for my taste, their command set is very good, you have musicians included there as well as Officers, two of each poses, but they haven’t boys. The Haiduks blister contains 8 figures each, one blister is firing and the other is marching, but all the figures are exactly the same pose. While figures are pretty nice sculpted, casting have several problems in both poses, which becomes to have moulding problems, and some areas have a lot of extra metal and no detail. That’s really an odd.

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Command detail
Command detail

Last pattern is based in a picture, showed in an Osprey book, but i found it searching in the net, coloured with this pattern, as Osprey book show it in black&white.
While Foundry blisters are too repetitive and have some moulding problems, TAG bring you a lot of flexibility to built the army, 3 different blisters of 4 figures each, all in different poses, plus two commands including the Guards one, a musician blister and the horse holders one. Also used in this unit is a gift figure, the one drinking.

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This scheme is based in a picture included in an Osprey book, Osprey show it black and white, but you can found it colored searching on the net
This scheme is based in a picture included in an Osprey book, Osprey show it black and white, but you can found it colored searching on the net

To don’t get bored painting so many equal figures, i imagined an extra unit for this army, for sure it’s not historically correct, but…
Bears are done by Foundry, three different poses, I found useful here the Horse Holders blister by TAG, as well as the peasants blister. The peasant blister is clearly inspired in the Osprey illustrations, as well as many other figures by TAG. The other problem was to find an appropriate chain for this… it was solved one day with my girlfriend in a H&M store. A jewelry chain is used here, it cost to me 5€.
It’s an item not useful for games, but, i found it’s a good decoration ones, and a distinctive for this army.

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When Foundry bears meet TAG and H&M
When Foundry bears meet TAG and H&M

With so many blisters purchased, at the end i had several extra figures, together with another TAG gift, the excellent Ottoman figure. Also included here, is a Cossack foot officer, which comes in another TAG blister. This cossack officer is also depicted in an Osprey illustration, and i tried to paint him as showed there.

Extra figures, the Ottoman officer is a very nice figure, gift by TAG guys.
Extra figures, the Ottoman officer is a very nice figure, gift by TAG guys.
Back details for the extra figures
Back details for the extra figures

Some family pictures here…

Family picture, the four regiments plus bears and extra command.
Family picture, the four regiments plus bears and extra command.

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I’m sorry to show these units without flags, but i still waiting for a new Flag Sheet for Haiduks promised by Battle Flag.