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AMK 1/72 Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin, kit 86001

AMK 1/72 L-29 Delfin, kit 86001.
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L-29 Delfin was the main jet trainer of the Warsaw pact countries for over 30 years. Since it was introduced there have been 3 kits in 1/72: Kopro, Bilek and Special Hobby, none of which did justice to this important aircraft. Luckily in 2016 Avantgarde Model Kits brought a contemporary model to the market, 3 years after their 48th scale kit was introduced. AMK’s first 1/72 release features 4 grey and 1 transparent part trees in plastic, a fret with photoetched parts, and a large decal sheet with markings for 5 different aircraft.

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AMK IAI Kfir C2/C7 1/72, kit 72002

AMK IAI Kfir C2/C7 1/72, kit 72002
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AMK’s beautifully crafted Kfir kit in 1/72 is the latest addition in my collection. I love the way this kit is prepared, molded, detailed, the abundant loadout and 2 airframe versions with 5 decal options it provides, all at a very affordable price.  Just look at the loaded box!

AMK IAI Kfir C2/C7 1/72, kit 72002
Box contents

8 part trees for the airframe itself, 4 types of weapons in more than sufficient quantities and large decal sheet for 4 different operators.

Instruction sheet: long fold-out affair rather than a booklet. Simple black and white diagrams with enough space for notes, logical sequence and clear part placement.

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Built 1/72 BMPT “Terminator” from Zvezda’s kit 5046

Well – happy post #100 to me 🙂

Zvezda BMPT “Terminator”, kit 5046
Zvezda BMPT “Terminator”, kit 5046

The BMPT (marketing callsign “Terminator”) is a Russian fighting vehicle, based off a T-72/T-90 chassis with a 5-man crew. It is intended as an urban warfare vehicle supporting main battle tanks and infantry. Armament consists of

  • 4 Ataka ATGMs on the turret sides (up to 6km range),
  • two 30 mm 2A42 cannons (known from the BMP-2) in the center,
  • and a PKTM machine gun (7,62x54mm) at the top.
  • Two AGS-17 grenade launchers in the front sponsons further add to the firepower.

The machine is clad into reactive and bar armor from all sides, and the kit represents that very well. Not everyone “gets” the vehicle (even the Russian MoD hasn’t ordered any), so the only customer to date is Kazakhstan. Since I am tired of seeing the same 2 examples in reports from arms expos and the thing looks a bit too post-apocaliptic – I devised a scheme of my own. Markings come from Dragon Humvee set and a Space Marine set.

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Completed T-90 from Zvezda, kit 5020

2 years later than the actual completion date I am finally uploading a gallery of my rendition. It was an absolute joy to build bar the tracks which can be easily broken when trying to bend them around the wheels.

Zvezda 1/72 T-90, kit 5020
Zvezda 1/72 T-90, kit 5020

The kit is built mostly OOB except

  • OKB Grigorov’s T-90 tracks,
  • copper cable for the lower rims of the fuel drums on the back,
  • decals from New Penguin’s Airborne Combat Vehicles Markings set 72002,
  • and 0,3mm brass rod antenna, which I bent numerous times during the first week. I got so angry I placed the model in a box so I don’t do it again.
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    T-72 and T-90 wheels in 1/72: OKB Grigorov vs kit wheels

    T-72B in Sofia, National Museum of Military History
    T-72B in Sofia, National Museum of Military History

    The T-72 main battle tank is one of the most recognizable combat machines very much thanks to the mass of real-time broadcast conflicts it’s participated in during the past 3 decades. A lot of companies have released model kits, including in 1/72 scale.

    Two types of roadwheels have been used during the 72’s production run: the “8-hole” (early) and the “6-hole” (late) types. They were identical in diameter and rim width – 750mm and 190mm respectively. This scales down to approx. 10,4 and 2,6mm in 1/72.

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    Zvezda 1/72 Soviet Air Force Ground Crew, kit 6187

    Strictly following the beaten path of releasing two opposing sets each time, Zvezda has provided a VVS ground crew to match the Luftwaffe set 6188.

    Zvezda 1/72 Soviet Air Force Ground Crew, kit 6187
    Zvezda 1/72 Soviet Air Force Ground Crew, kit 6187

    There’s a reason the review is uploaded after the German crew – the kit has something special in it. Figures are made after the characters from the Soviet movie “Only Old Men Are Going to Battle” – a fragment is shown below:

    Just have a look at these two (esp. the one on the left):

    and you will understand what I mean.

    Now… “Old men” is rather used for experienced ones rather than aged. In war where life expectancy on the battlefield was measured in hours and medals were presented for surviving 20 combat flights you could consider such a veteran the squadron’s old man. But I digress.

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    Zvezda 1/72 German Air Force Ground Crew, kit 6188

    In recent years Zvezda has released multiple snap-fit aircraft kits in 1/72 scale that include excellent pilot figures. They have now “gone full circle” by releasing ground crews to accompany these kits. First off – the Luftwaffe crew.

    Zvezda 1/72 German Air Force Ground Crew, kit 6188
    Zvezda 1/72 German Air Force Ground Crew, kit 6188

    As shown on the now-standard box – there are 5 figures, a bomb trolley with a bomb, a fuel drum and a jerry can included. As with some other sets you can either use a single base for all the guys,  or use individual ones.

    Zvezda 1/72 German Air Force Ground Crew, kit 6188
    Zvezda 1/72 German Air Force Ground Crew, kit 6188

    Typical for the Art of tactic game series the plastic is light gray, parts are on 2 sprues.

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    OKB Grigorov tracks for T-90, set 72111

    T-90 has been in the fantasies of a lot of Braille scale folk in the recent years. There was the ACE kit, then more recently the Revell cast and welded turret models. Tracks on all were on the underdetailed side. This set from OKB Grigorov solves the problem.

    OKB Grigorov tracks for T-90, set 72111
    OKB Grigorov tracks for T-90, set 72111

    Now with the Zvezda T-90 out you’d imagine we have the definitive kit with great tracks. Alas, although Zvezda did create an impressive kit, the tracks supplied are extremely tense, and the entire running gear can be snapped away trying to put the track runs on.

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    Zvezda 1/72 ZIS-3 with crew, kit 6253

    Zvezda 1/72 ZIS-3 with crew, kit 6253
    Zvezda 1/72 ZIS-3 with crew, kit 6253

    The Soviet union started the war with the F-22 and USV divisional guns as the mainstays of its artillery. In 1942 they were replaced by the lighter, faster-firing and more modern ZIS-3 design that was more suited to war time production and maintenance capabilities of the vast country. Over 45,000 guns were built during war years; many were towed, some served on anti-tank SPGs like the SU-76 and SU-76M.

    Italeri and UM have already produced kits of the subject, the first one even included crew in winter uniform. My personal opinion is that either kit suffer from oversimplification, so the kit from Zvezda is a welcome addition to the market despite positioned as the wargaming piece that the Italeri rendition is.

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    Zvezda 1/72 PAK-40 with crew, kit 6257

    Zvezda 1/72 PAK-40 with crew, kit 6257
    Zvezda 1/72 PAK-40 with crew, kit 6257

    Italeri, Heller, and more recently Roden and Dragon have released PAK-40 in 1/72. There have also been wargaming models in the scale.

    Italeri’s crew are softer plastic than I like, Dragon’s “bundle” with the PAK-36 and 5 crewfigures is excellent, but hard to find and expensive. Preiser’s 5-member gun crew is similarly elusive, but tops all of them.

    The cons above – along with aggressive pricing of about $3 – puts Zvezda’s new set at a very competitive position, despite the crew consisting of just 3 figures. The two sprues are molded in grey and reasonably well-detailed.

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