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The three stage solid propellant RT-2PM Topol is an improved mobile ICBM which replaced earlier outdated missile complexes.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.
Scale models, miniatures, plastic soldiers, war gaming.