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AMX-13/90 “Heller”

The AMX-13 is a French light tank produced from 1953 to 1985. It served with the French Army, as the Char 13t-75 Modèle 51, and was exported to over twenty-five other nations. Named after its initial weight of 13 tonnes, and featuring a tough and reliable chassis,[1] it was fitted with an oscillating turret built by GIAT Industries (now Nexter) with revolver type magazines which were also used on the Austrian SK-105 Kürassier.[1] Including prototypes and export versions there are over a hundred variants including self-propelled gun, anti-aircraft systems, APCs, and ATGM versions. Total production of the AMX-13 family is approximately 7,700 units, around 3,400 of which were exported.

About ki:

This is a very old kit of “Heller”. Detailing very poor. Tracks were replaced by tracks from UM Hetzer. Handrails were all made of wire. Were also made the ventilation grilles of the engine and the barrel trunk.

The model as always was painted with AMMO acrylic paint, and pigments.

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Т-60 Factory #264

T-60 – Soviet light tank of the Second World War. Developed in August 1941 at the Moscow plant number 37 under the direction of Nicholas Alexandrovich Astrova, a leading developer of all domestic line of light tanks of the period. In September of the same year, the T-60 was adopted by the Workers ‘and Peasants’ Red Army and serially produced in several engineering plants. Production T-60 continued until February 1943, when he was replaced on the assembly lines more powerful light tank T-70. All were released 5920 light tanks T-60, which took an active part in the battles of the Great Patriotic War in 1941-1943. A small number of survivors fights the T-60 was used as a reconnaissance tanks, tractors, machine learning until the end of the war. On the basis of the T-60 in 1941 was built the first self-propelled unit BM-8-24-class multiple launch rocket systems on tank chassis. Soon after the war, the T-60 was removed from the Soviet Army, hitherto survived six such tanks in museums in Russia and Finland.

About kit.

Unlike previous sets of ace, this is very good quality. There are a lot of details, but everything is going very easily. I advise this kit to  everyone.

Painting.

The model as always was painted with AMMO acrylic paint, and pigments.

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1/72 S-Model – 720023 – Syrian BRDM-2

Some history.

BRDM-2 (armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle – 2) is a further development of the BRDM-1. Serially produced from 1963 to 1989 Arzamas Engineering Works (as well as under license in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia). BRDM-2 has a low sheltered, armor protection against small arms bullets and shrapnel. The main feature of the machine – very high permeability. Besides the main-wheel drive chassis with adjustable pressure in the tires, in the middle of the body, there are special additional retractable wheels, allowing, in particular, to overcome significant ditches, trenches. At present, to some extent used in the intelligence unit of more than 50 countries. In the army has the nickname “Mess”. In the USSR, production is completed in November 1989. Production continues under license in Poland.

About kit:

It going very simple, like any kit of trumpeter. The only addition is AKMS and handles made with wire of different thicknesses.

Painting:

Camouflage is made using adhesive pads “patafiks”. The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, and pigments from AMMO “Mig”.

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1/72 Trumpeter – 07267 – BTR-80A hungarian KFOR

Some history:

The BTR-80 (Russian: бронетранспортер, BTR stands for bronyetransportyer, literally meaning “armoured transporter”) is an 8×8 wheeled amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC) designed in the USSR. Adopted in 1986 and replaced the previous versions, BTR-60 and BTR-70 in the Soviet Army. It was first deployed during Soviet War in Afghanistan .

BTR-80A (GAZ-59034) – IFV with 30 mm gun 2A72 and 300 rounds as primary weapon. The turret is called BPPU and is equipped with sights 1PZ-9 (day) and TPN-3 or TPN-3-42 “Kristall” (night). In production and service since 1994.

About kit:

It going very simple, like any kit of trumpeter. The addition of a turret with a 30mm gun, from “Armory”.  Additional handles have been made with wire of different thicknesses.

Painting:

Camouflage is made using adhesive pads “patafiks”.  The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, and pigments from AMMO “Mig”.

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1/72 Hobby Boss – 82914 – German Dampflokomotive BR86

This is my first Hobby Boss kit and my first railway subject. Somehow, I always wanted to build a locomotive, maybe a childhood fantasy… But, that’s it for me, no more locomotives in the future. Too many parts, and is only 1/72, I cannot imagine what this would be like in 1/35.

This was a German locomotive very popular in its era, with 775 examples being completed by 1943. It was widely used during the second world war but I’m planning to do the pre-war version, with the red chassis and wheels.

This kit includes over 220 parts molded in tan styrene including the cab and 8 parts molded in clear styrene. The plastic is kind of soft, and extra attention must be paid when detaching parts from sprues.

It is basically an out of the box construction, with just a couple of things added. Wheels must be glued into place only after a proper adjustment with the railroad tracks; I had to cut off the front and the back wheels to make the locomotive sit well on its tracks.

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1/72 Model Collect – 72007 – T-72B with ERA

History:

The T-72 is a Soviet second-generation main battle tank that entered production in 1971. About 20,000 T-72 tanks were built, making it one of the most widely produced post–World War II tanks, second only to the T-54/55 family. The T-72 was widely exported and saw service in 40 countries and in numerous conflicts. Improved variants are still being built for export customers.

T-72B (1985)
New main gun, stabilizer, sights, and fire control, capable of firing 9M119 Svir guided missile, additional armour including 20 mm (0.8 in) of appliqué armour in the front of hull, improved 840 hp (630 kW) engine.

The T-72 design has been further developed into the following new models: Lion of Babylon tank (Iraq), M-84 (Yugoslavia), M-95 Degman (Croatia), M-2001 (Serbia), PT-91 Twardy (Poland), Tank EX (India), and TR-125 (Romania).

 

About kit:

It going very simple, like any kit of Modelcollect. Vinyl tracks of good quality.

The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and AMMO pigments.

 

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1/72 IBG – 72019 – Diamond T 972 Dump Truck

Some history:

he Diamond T was an American automobile manufactured in Chicago until 1911 by the Diamond T Motor Car Company. The name of company means: “Diamond” for quality and “T” for Tilt like name of owner Charles A.Tilt. Diamond T 4-tons 6×6 series truck introduced in production in early 1941 with 968/969/970 versions covered cargo truck, heavy wrecker and dump truck. Later chassis of this truck were used as universal platform for some special versions like asphalt tank, water tank, crane or snow plows. All versions of Diamond T trucks served in US Army on almost all theaters of Second World War and later to early 1950’s. Some versions of this truck were used by British, Canadian and Polish military units in Second World War too.

 

About kit.

Everything is fine. All neatly and accurately cast. Fit in perfectly. Added chain, pickaxe, shovel and replaced the mirror on the civilian version. I did a civilian version of the machine that works in the American heartland.

Painting.

The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

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1/72 Model Collect – 72029 – E-75 128MM

Some history:

The E-75 Standardpanzer was intended to be the standard heavy tank to be used as a replacement of the Tiger II and Jagdtiger. The E-75 would have been built on the same production lines as the E-50 for ease of manufacture, and the two vehicles were to share many components, including the same Maybach HL 234 engine. The E-75 would have had much thicker armour however, and in fact compared to the Tiger II the E-75 had improved hull armour all round. As its name indicates, the resulting vehicle would have weighed in at over 75 tonnes, reducing its speed to around 40 km/h. To offset the increased weight, the bogies were spaced differently from on the E-50, with an extra pair added on each side, giving the E-75 a slightly improved track to ground contact length.

According to some sources, the similarities between the E-50 and the E-75 went further; they were to be equipped with the same turret and 88mm L/71 or L/100 gun, along with an optical rangefinder for increased long range accuracy. German scientists and engineers had successfully designed a Schmalturm, narrow-front turret and infra-red lighting and sights for use on the prototypes of the Panther Ausf. F as the war drew to a close. Other sources however, indicate that the E-75 was to be fitted with the much larger Tiger II turret, which could be adapted to accommodate an even more powerful high velocity 10.5 cm gun.

The original complex suspension by torsion bars was simplified with bogies. The standard Tiger II turret was equipped with 8.8cm KwK 44 L71 gun. The engine was an improved Maybach HL234 which had 900 hp.

About kit:

It going very simple, like any kit of Modelcollect. Vinyl tracks of good quality. This kit includes a metal barrel and photoetched parts.

Painting.

Camouflage of this machine Invented by me, since the topic PW ’46 allows it. The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

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1/72 UM – 211 – M-12 King-Kong

Some history.

The M12 was built on the chassis of the M3 Lee tank; some sources claim that later M12s used the M4 Sherman chassis, but this might be a confusion with the M12’s use of “Sherman-style” bogie trucks with trailing idlers.

It had an armored driver’s compartment, but the gun crew were located in an open topped area at the back of the vehicle. It mounted a 155 mm gun M1917, M1917A1 or M1918 M1, depending upon availability, a weapon derived from the nearly identical French 155 mm GPF gun of World War I vintage. Limited storage space meant that only 10 projectiles and propellant charges could be carried on the vehicle.

An earth spade (similar to a bulldozer blade) at the rear was employed to absorb recoil. This layout—large gun mounted in an open mount at the rear, with a spade—was the pattern adopted for many years by other heavy self-propelled artillery.

About kit:

The Kit is not simple.  In this kit a lot of details. It can not be built quickly. During assembly will be a small problem with connection parts of the chassis and body.

The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

 

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1/72 – UM – 305 – ZSU-37 AA Tank

Some history

ZSU-37 – light weight Soviet self-propelled artillery unit (SAU), relating to the class of anti-aircraft self-propelled units. Machines of this stamp series issued by the Mytishchi machine-building and the Gorky Automobile Plant in 1944. Until the end of World War II was built 75 self-propelled guns. The basis for the ZSU-37 served as a light tank destroyer SU-76M. ZSU-37 production continued after the war, even after withdrawing from the production base Su-76M.

ZSU-37 was the first production of the Soviet armored anti-aircraft self-propelled crawler, ideal for protection against attacks from the air mobile units. The main weapon of the car was a 37-mm anti-aircraft gun 61-K, installed in the tower with a circular rotation. Self-propelled gun is also equipped with a range finder and a radio station.

 

About kit:

The Kit is very simple and neat. Tracks were folded with hot water. Added a little handrails made of wire. Tent made of paper with white glue blur. Tankman figure of “ORION”

The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

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1/72 ACE – 72263 – ADGZ M 35 Mittleren Panzerwagen with T-26 turret (S-Model – 720033 – T26 model 1933) Field Modification

History

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An ADGZ covers SS troops duringan attack on the Polish Post Office inDanzig, 1 September 1939

The Austrian army was using the ADGZ armored car at the time of Anschluss. 12 were used by the army and 15 were used by the police. The Germans used them for police work and some were taken on by the SS and used on the Eastern front and in the Balkans.

The SS ordered an additional 25 ADGZ which were delivered in 1942. An interesting feature of this vehicle was that there was no “rear:” either end was capable of driving the unit.

As part of the initial operations of the Invasion of Poland, the SS Heimwehr Danzig used three ADGZ armored cars during the attack on the Polish Post Office in Danzig, and lost one during the battle.

After the invasion of the USSR a few ADGZ armored cars were rearmed with turrets from the Soviet T-26 model 1933 light tank.

About kit:

Kit quality is lika all ACE

Like all kits of “ACE” this set is rather complicated to assemble. Most of the details in the burrs. Release from burrs captivity account for almost all the details. Unlike the hull of  “ACE” kit, turret (s-model) of the T-26 is made very high quality. With assembly of  the turret had no problems. Barrels of machineguns that were in the kit had to throw in the trash. They have been replaced by metal from “Mini World”. Camouflage I used a standard early brown and gray.

The model was painted with artistic acrylic paint , MIG pigments and artistic oil.

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ACE kit, can be found through our utility here, S-Model T-26 can be found here.

1/72 – T-90MS – Model Collect – 72010

About tank

T-90MS “Vladimir” – Russian tank, created on the basis of previous versions: T-90A and T-90S. [1] The weight of the tank 48 tons, length 9530 mm, width 3780 mm, height 2228 mm. Engine – multifuel diesel V12 B-92S2F2 power 1130l.s., Automatic transmission. The maximum speed on the road 65 km / h on the highway cruising range of 500 km.

About kit.

It going very simple, like any kit of Modelcollect. Vinyl tracks of good quality.

In this set, there are a couple of not very pleasant moments. I’d love to have a metall barrel. And anti cumulative grating is very thick.

A model is slightly different from the real tank. Exactly the same tank as a model I could not find.

Painting.
Camouflage of this machine is not standard. Camo is fictional, since the tank is not accepted for service, and I did not want to do the the Indian version. The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.
A detailed step by step about the camouflage painting, can be found in this past post.

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1/72 Model Collect – 72012 – T-64 mod.1972

A bit of history.
The T-64 is a Soviet main battle tank introduced in the early 1960s. The T-64 was conceived in Kharkiv, Ukraine as the next-generation main battle tank by Alexander A. Morozov, the designer of the T-54 (which, in the meantime, would be incrementally improved by Leonid N. Kartsev’s Nizhny Tagil bureau, by the models T-54A, T-54B, T-55, and T-55A).

A revolutionary feature of the T-64 is the incorporation of an automatic loader for its 125-mm gun, allowing one crew member’s position to be omitted and helping to keep the size and weight of the tank down. Tank troopers would joke that the designers had finally caught up with their unofficial hymn, Three Tankers—the song had been written to commemorate the crewmen fighting in the Battle of Khalkhin Gol, in 3-man BT-5 tanks in 1939.

The T-64 also pioneered other Soviet tank technology: the T-64A model of 1967 introduced the 125-mm smooth-bore gun, and the T-64B of 1976 would be able to fire a guided anti-tank missile through its gun barrel.

Production history

Different sources differ on the initial production date of the tank that is set between 1963 and 1967. However it is normally agreed that the T-64 formally entered service with the army in 1967 and publicly revealed in 1970.The T-64 was KMDB’s high-technology offering, intended to replace the IS-3 and T-10 heavy tanks in independent tank battalions. Meanwhile, the T-72 was intended to supersede the T-55 and T-62 in equipping the bulk of the Soviet tank and mechanized forces, as well as for export partners and east-bloc satellite states.

It introduced a new autoloader, which is still used on all T-64s currently in service, as well as all variants of the T-80 except the Ukrainian T-84-120. The T-64 prototypes had the same 115mm smooth-bore gun as the T-62, the ones put in full-scale production had the 125mm gun.

While the T-64 was the superior tank, it was more expensive and physically complex, and was produced in smaller numbers. The T-72 is mechanically simpler and easier to service in the field, while it is not as well protected, and its manufacturing process is correspondingly simpler. In light of Soviet doctrine, the superior T-64s were kept ready and reserved for the most important mission: a potential outbreak of a war in Europe.

In Soviet times, T-64 was mostly in service with units stationed in East Germany. No T-64s were exported. Many T-64s ended up in Russian and Ukrainian service after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

About kit.
It going very simple, like any kit of Modelcollect. When engaged in assembling kits of  “modelcollect” I feel respect for the producer to the consumer. This kit includes a metal barrel. Vinyl tracks of good quality. The only thing that I have not found in this kit is parts that attach snorkel to the turret. Also in the kit has a commanding defense shield, but the T-62 of this year do not used it.

Painting.
Camouflage of this machine is not standard for Soviet military equipment. But on several machines I saw same. The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.

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BRAND NEW 1:72 Plastic Kit, Panzerkampfwagen VII Löwe (Armory)

Brand new kit of known Ukrainian company “Armory”. The company is known as a manufacturer of photo-etched and resin kits. This is their first all-plastic kit.

I will not say much about this kit. Photos say more.

In short:
Quality casting unfortunately worse than what I expected. From other Ukrainian producers I could compare with a very good kits of  “ACE”. Not up to the quality of the models of “Roden.” Plastic has many fin. Looks very messy. Hatches are cast together with the hull and turret. Tracks cast from vinyl poor quality and have burrs.

In the end, I would say that the price set too high but since it’s new and there is no alternative, it is “MUST HAVE”.

On the reverse side of the box, you can see the other new items that will soon come out into the light.

 

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GAZ 61-73 (First comfortable 4×4 SUV with hardtop)

History
GAZ-61 – a family of Soviet light terrain vehicles with all-wheel drive. Modification of GAZ-61-73 – the world’s first all-wheel drive car with a closed sedan. During the Great Patriotic War, the GAZ-61-73 was actively used as a staff car for the high command of the Red Army.

About kit:
Kit quality is terrible and it is a fact.

Like all kits of “ACE” this set is rather complicated to assemble. Most of the details in the burrs. Release from burrs captivity account for almost all the details. For this reason, to achieve a perfectly flat surface is very difficult. Front wheel axle is too low, so I had to remake it to lift clearance.The model is very small and it is very difficult to putty. In a kit there is no glass. A drawing in the instructions of the wrong size. The only plus is the presence of a nice photo-etching. 

I’ve been thinking whether to paint in green or make camouflage . That was to fun i make camouflage “omeba.”

The model was painted with artistic acrylic paint , MIG pigments and artistic oil.

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1/72 Dragon LRDG Patrol Car w/Lewis Gun – finished

After one of the most challenging constructions since I build scale models, I finally managed to paint this little kit from Dragon. For the first time, I used Mr. Gunze Hobby Color acrylics; these are very fine paints, with a longer drying time compared to Vallejo, the paints I used so far. This is useful for airbrush, as for the hand brush nothing beats Vallejo.

I must mention again the excellent upgrading set from Hauler, it was a great addition and I strongly recommend it. I plan a little diorama, somewhere in north Africa, but my searches for some decent SAS figurines were fruitless so far.

I weathered the entire model with several layers of oil paints, and added a small amount of pigments at the end.

I still don’t like my photos against white background, but I know I’ll keep trying 🙂

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1/72 – Revell – 03175 – M60 A3 w/ Dozer Blade

M60A3 w/ Dozer Blade

The M60 Patton is a main battle tank (MBT)[2] introduced in December 1960.[3] With the United States Army’s deactivation of their last (M103) heavy tank battalion, the M60 became the Army’s primary tank[4] during the Cold War. Although developed from the M48 Patton, the M60 series was never officially classified as a Patton tank, but as a “product-improved descendant” of the Patton series.[5] On 16 March 1959, the OTCM (Ordnance Technical Committee Minutes) #37002 officially standardized the vehicle as the 105 mm Gun Full Tracked Combat Tank M60.[6]

The M60 was criticized for its high profile and limited cross-country mobility, but proved reliable and underwent many updates over its service life. The interior layout, based on the design of the M48, provided ample room for updates and improvements, extending the vehicle’s service life for over four decades. It was widely used by the U.S. and its Cold War allies, especially those in NATO, and remains in service throughout the world today despite having been superseded by the M1 Abrams in the U.S. military. Egypt is currently the largest operator with 1,716 upgraded M60A3s, Turkey is second with 866 upgraded units in service, and Israel is third with over 700 units of Israeli variants.

M60A3 series

In 1978, work began on the M60A3 variant. It featured a number of technological enhancements, including smoke dischargers, a new flash-lamp pumped ruby-laser based rangefinder (AN/VVG-2) that could be used by both commander and gunner, and an M21 ballistic computer, and a turret stabilization system.

Late production M60A3s omitted the commander’s cupola (Israel Defence Force armor doctrine required tank commanders to fight commander-exposed, and it was discovered that non-penetrating hits upon the vehicle could dislodge the cupola from its mount while the commander was in it). The remote-controlled M85 machinegun was relatively ineffective in the anti-aircraft role for which it was designed compared to a conventional pintle mount. Removing the cupola lowered the vehicle’s relatively high silhouette. The cupola’s hatch also opened toward the rear of the vehicle and was dangerous to close if under small-arms fire owing to an open-locking mechanism that required the user to apply leverage to unlock it prior to closing.

First the picture inspiring the camouflage scheme, a variant of the MERDC cammo.

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Revell model can be found though our utility here.

Painting in the tri-color camouflage on the example of the T-90MS. (with modulation)

Not so long ago on facebook I promised to show you in more detail how to paint a model in scale 72 in the tri-color camouflage. To make it more interesting, I used the color modulation technique. P.S. I offer my apologies for my not perfect English. I promise as soon as Ukraine joins the EU I will speak it perfectly 🙂 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

To see the model finished, take a look here.

1/72 – ACE – 72130 – BREM-2 (БРЭМ-2)

BREM-2

Some history:

ARV-2 – Soviet Armoured recovery vehicle, created based on the BMP-1.ARV-2 is designed in Design and Engineering Center of the USSR Defense Ministry in Kiev. Issued on the basis of requiring overhaul of BMP-1.The machine is intended for emergency evacuation infantry fighting vehicles.

About kit: 

This kit as all other kits of “ACE” very hard to assemble. Main problem is the amount of burrs and sink marks. The most difficult thing in this set is a truck.
Because of the poor quality of casting has to mess that would free them from the burr.

Eventually pulled from the kit all that I could. Add a little additions of tin, wire, etc.
The model makes the old and used.

 

The model was painted with artistic acrylic paint , MIG pigments and artistic oil.

 

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1/72 – UM (352) + S-Model (720005) – (What If) 38(t) PanzerWerfer 21cm

(What If) 38(t) PanzerWerfer 21cm

Any resemblance to reality it’s purely coincidental. Just for fun a “what if” joining a 38(t) Hetzer hull by UM with a Nebelwerfer 21cm by S-Model.
Figure by Zvezda (Elite Troops 1941 – 1943).

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UM 352 Early Hetzer version can be found here. S-Model – 720005 – Nebelwerfer 42 210mm can be found here. Figure are from the Zvezda 6180 – German Elite Troops 1941 – 1943

1/72 – ICM – 72711 – Ural 375D Cargo Truck (Up Amoured)

Ural Cargo Truck (Up Amoured)

Although some imagination have been put in this model, it’s quite similar to picture below, a real armoured URAL truck used by Russian Federal troops in Chechen.

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A lot of Scratch built have been done here, using plastic sheet. Machine guns are taken from Zvezda and ACE kits.

Aboout thw original truck, Ural-375D was standard 6×6 wheel vehicle of 5t capacity for the Soviet Army. The modification Ural-375D was produced since 1964 in Miass. These vehicles were very popular in army because their robust construction and fantastic cross-road capabilities. Ural-375 chassis was used as the base for various special vehicles, such as command mobile posts, radio and radar stations, transport and launchers for anti-aircraft missiles, fuel bowsers and multiple launch rocket systems. Ural-375 vehicles were in service with Soviet and Warsaw Pact armies, armed forces in Africa, Asia and Near East.

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1/72 Zvezda – 5003 – RT-2PM TOPOL / SS-25 SICKLE “The last argument”

A little about machine:

The RT-2PM Topol (Russian: РТ-2ПМ Тополь (“Poplar”); NATO reporting name SS-25 Sickle; GRAU designation: 15Ж58 (“15Zh58”);  is a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile designed in the Soviet Union and in service with Russia’s Strategic Missile Troops.

The three stage solid propellant RT-2PM Topol is an improved mobile ICBM which replaced earlier outdated missile complexes. It emerged from the same line of development as mobile missiles such as the RT-21 Temp 2S and the RSD-10 Pioneer, and was deployed as a replacement for the widely deployed UR-100. The United States considered developing their own road-mobile ICBM called the Midgetman, but the program was canceled with the end of the Cold War.

Development of the RT-2PM was approved on July 19, 1977 and carried out by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology headed by A. D. Nadiradze. Flight tests were conducted on the Plesetsk test site from February through December 1985. The main problem that had to be overcome during this period was the development of battle management system. After the first test series was successfully conducted in April 1985, with the first regiment with Topol missiles put on alert in July 1985. Throughout this time work continued on improving the battle management system. The test missile firings were finally completed in December 1987. The first regiment of “Topol” missiles employing a modernized mobile command center (in the area of Irkutsk) were put on alert on May 27, 1988. After Nadiradze’s death in 1988 Boris N. Lapygin continued his work on the Topol missile.

About kit:

Great quality. Quality of this kit can be placed in series with some well-known Chinese producers. Easy going but long time. Many pieces. Good quality rubber protectors. This “Leviathan” compared to the other models will look eerily huge.

 

About painting:

Customer wanted to get this model without camouflage. So I used the classic Soviet military color “4BO”. But container of the rocket and machine itself painted different shades of green. To make easy variety of colors rocket  container was painted in khaki. Just like the customer wanted the model with abundant wethernig, but since these machines (unlike other Soviet military) is always kept clean and tidy, I just soiled lower part of machine. The rest of the machines were used only drips of rain and a little dust.

Also to add some interesting machine was painted using color modulation technology.

As usual, everything was painted with artistic acrylic, oil and MIG pigments.

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First to Fight – 03 – Polish C2P Tractor + ACE – 72533 – Wz.36 (Done)

The artillery tractor C2P was based on modified chassis of TKS tankette. The production began in 1937 and more than 200 (270?) were completed.
In Polish Army C2P tractors were used only for towing 40mm wz.36 Bofors AA-guns and ammunition trailers. Some captured were later used by Germans.

Few words about kit.

Model of the Polish company “first to fight” first time I held in my hands. Casting quality is very high. The model consists minimum of parts. As for me price $ 9 a little too big for such a tiny model with so minimum of details. In addition, the set has no decals and glazing (glass on the photo I made of transparent plastic). In the box lay a beautiful book with information about machine. Assembly instructions and camouflage scheme.

Nothing more to say about this kit.

Wz.36 its The Bofors 37 mm gun was an anti-tank gun designed by Swedish manufacturer Bofors in the early 1930s. Licensed copies were produced in a number of countries. The gun was used by some European armies during World War II, mainly at the early stage of the war.

According to the rule this tractor transported  AA  Bofors 40mm . But I wanted to be a 37mm Bofors anti tank gun. Different happens at war.

Few words about Bofors kit.

To my surprise the quality of this set of “ACE” was great. There was no sink marks and burrs. The set is very neat and does not require any modifications.

As usual, everything was painted with artistic acrylic, oil and MIG pigments.

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First to Fight model is available here and ACE kit here.

1/72 – ACE (72294) – Flak 103/38 “Jaboschreck” + RODEN (715) – Opel Maultier

Opel Maultier + Flak 103/38

The 3cm Flak 38/103 Jaboschreck was based on MK 103 aircraft cannon, it only went into production in small numbers before the end of the war.
Some picture shows this gun mounted in soft vehicles such Steyr Type 2000A, but we haven’t found any evidence of it mounted on an Opel Maultier, so this works is also a sort of “What If”, while quite possible.

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