The AMX-13 is a Frenchlight 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, 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The model as always was painted with AMMO acrylic paint, and pigments.
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.
It going very simple, like any kit of trumpeter. The only addition is AKMS and handles made with wire of different thicknesses.
Camouflage is made using adhesive pads “patafiks”. The model as always was painted with acrylic paint, and pigments from AMMO “Mig”.
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.
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.
The RT-2PM Topol (Russian: РТ-2ПМ Тополь (“Poplar”); NATO reporting name SS-25 Sickle; GRAU designation: 15Ж58 (“15Zh58”); other designations: RS-12M Topol) is a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile designed in the Soviet Union and in service with Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces.
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.
A little bit about the box contents and quality.
The box itself is very large. As if 35 scale. Crazy amount of parts for 72 scale (309). Great quality. No burr and sink marks. Detailing is very good. Pleased even the presence of cables, molded integral detail. This will simplify the addition model details. The model has two versions of the assembly in the stowed position and launch.
Very nice wheels. On the photos I tried to show in more detail some interesting details. The only pity is that the box has only container but does not have the rocket missiles. It would be very epic assemble the model at the time of its launch, with clouds of smoke from the wool))))))
As a result, we can say that the model came out great. I hope the company “ZVEZDA” continue the series of strategic and tactical systems of the Soviet Union: REDUT, ISCANDER…
Model can be found in Ebay at good prices, take a look here.
The Jagdpanther (German: “hunting panther”) was a tank destroyer built by Nazi Germany during World War II based on the chassis of the Panther tank. It entered service late in the war (1944) and saw service on the Eastern and Western fronts. The Jagdpanther combined the very powerful 8.8 cm PaK 43 cannon of the Tiger II and the characteristically excellent armor and suspension of the Panther chassis, although it suffered from the general poor state of Germany in the later part of the war, which resulted in small production numbers, shortage in spare parts and poor crew training.
Models of “trumpeter” always very accurate and of good quality. This model is not exception. Kit is very easy-going, and does not require any modifications. Aside from a small amount of putty.
It is a pity that in 1:72 scale of Trumpeters sets do not have photo-etched parts.I think the bars on the engine compartment would be nice.
About painting: as in my past work, a little later I’ll show all the steps in a histogram. Like we Slavs saying “Better to see once than 100 times to hear” )
The trumpeter model is available in Ebay through our listings here.
Bulldozer T-55 BTU comes from battle tank T-55 1967 release. It is equipped with a dozer blade for earthworks. The equipment can also be used for stacking and explosion elongated charges with which usually created dividing strips in case of major fires.
It going very simple, like any set of Trumpeter.I did not like rail thin, which I immediately got rid of. Replaced them from stretched sprue. In the box are terrible vinyl tracks. But there was nothing to replace them. Model to be interesting, I added rubber sheets and chain.
There no historical reference. This collective image of many Iraqi tanks.The model was painted with acrylic paint, tinted oil paints and MIG pigments.
SU-12 Soviet self-propelled artillery chassis trucks “Morland” and GAZ-AAA. Armed with short-76.2-mm cannon sample 1927 installed on column book-rests on the installation location of the cargo hold.
The Kit is very simple and neat. Several items was made of tinplate. Replaced some parts that are not too ambitious such holes for viewing slots in the gun’s shield.
Painting: Base, color modulation, chipping, dark brown and light dusty wash…
This is a small tutorial on the work done.Maybe it will help someone to work on such a small scale.Used only art paints (acrylic and oil), so I can not give numbers of model paints.After the final of this model, I’ll post a similar tutorial.
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.
The destruction generated by military operations, and various obstacles deployed by the Axis forces to slow down the progress of the Allied armour led to the need for a dozer tank. The US Army needed an armoured dozer able to clear roads, fill in ditches and bomb craters, clear rubble and move destroyed vehicles blocking roadways. The allied armies used several types of bulldozer, however, these machines were un-armoured and could be used only in zones far away from the frontline.
This is one of my first works in the scale of 72th, after 35th scale of the model I have tried to carry out a full list of all the weathering techniques.
Green came out a little more green than allies, but I did not repaint it all over again. Dozer blade I dyed in three stages.The first struck a subterranean dark red (the color of burnished steel), then the method of hairspray struck green, a little flush green, repeated the same trick with Metallic paint. Model painted as usual with artistic acrylic Polycolor, MIG pigments, and oils.
Assemble this kit was easy. Problems perhaps made only tracks. A little bit of Tamiya putty and the model is ready.
This is an out production set, but from time to time, some one appear on Ebay, see here.
This self-propelled gun was planned as a replacement for not much successful SPG “Grille”. Later, as an attempt was made to set the base s.IG.33 light tank destroyer Jagdpanzer 38 (t) «Hetzer”, but according to historian Thomas Yenttsa, documentary evidence of serial production of this model no. Issued SPG Grille fought until the end of the war, now aware of one survivor of this type of car is exhibited at the Museum of Aberdeen Proving Ground U.S. Army.
I made this SPG as field modification. With add-on armor that I do not crumble in camouflage. Camouflage the rest of the armor I picked up from the standard three-color camouflage of Hetzer. Model painted as usual with artistic acrylic Polycolor, MIG pigments, and oils.
This set was fairly easy to assemble, and did not bring problems to fix some of the shortcomings casting.
12.8 cm Kanone 81(K-81/2) was a German heavy anti-tank gun designed to fight against heavy Soviet tanks like IS-2. The German army had encountered the Russian 122 mm guns and had issued a requirement for a similar weapon. Approximately 50 barrels and breeches were used on existing carriages. The weapon that used the ex-French GPF-T carriage was known as the K 81/1 while the K 81/2 used the ex-Russian A-19/ML-20 carriages with shield and balancing gear removed. the cradle and recoil system were discarded and the 128mm gun was mounted in a ring cradle similar to that used on the 81/1. Another version K 81/2 was also built, in which original Russian equilibrators were retained.
I would like to start with the quality of this kit. In the tradition of ACE casting quality is not very good, but this set is not worse or better than other sets of ACE. It will take a lot of patience to clear items from the remains of molds. But it will be rewarded with an excellent model in the end. Kit has a lot of details for this scale. The model can be assembled as in marching and firing position. For marching position provides transport trolley.
Model painted as usual with artistic acrylic Polycolor, MIG pigments, and oils. To make the model look more dramatic I painted the carriage in dark red primer. This is typical of the last months of the war, when the equipment could get to the fight not fully colored, because of the grip of time due to the advancing Allied troops. I didn’t much spoil this model with mud, as it did for urban combat. By using this pigment: light dust and concrete.
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