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”.
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.
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 They have been replaced by metal from “Mini World”.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.
ACE kit, can be found through our utility here, S-Model T-26 can be found here.
After the construction of this kit, I continued with painting and weathering. I like the Panzer grey colour, but I find it quite difficult to bring it to life.
The turret doesn’t have decals because the yellow numbers turned green, through a mysterious chemical process, or maybe just because they were too thin. There are also white numbers on the decal sheet, but I finished it without registration.
The weathering was made with oils and Vallejo pigments.
Though marketed as a quick assembling kit, this Pz II from S-Model turns into a great little tanks, with lots of potential for upgrading.
The announcement of this kit was received with enthusiasm by many modelers in 1/72 scale, as a decent Panzer II was eagerly waited. S-Model delivers a very nice quick-build version, with an excellent moulding quality, but also with few shortcomings.
The good news is there are in fact two kits in the box, packed in two identical bags.
And there’s even more: the box includes a small PE fret (exhaust cover and a plate for identification number) and two turned brass gun barrels to replace the plastic ones, which are also very detailed. Besides that, S-Models included two MG34 with tripods (I don’t know why, but a welcomed addition for a diorama).
I started the construction with the intention to build it out of the box. For those who want to add a few extra details, there are some things to consider: the lifting hooks on the front are missing, there is no horn, and also the towing pintle is missing. The tracks, though very well engineered (they come together as a single piece with the road wheels), are lacking in details as compared to the rest of the kit. There is also a very annoying seam line on the face of the tracks. The hatches on the turret can be represented both opened or closed (there are parts for both options). No interior detail, though. I drilled the headlights and the exhaust, and probably I will add other details later.
In conclusion, this is a very fine kit, which can be built into a good model with minimum effort, with plenty of details.
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