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Small scale T-90, build part 1

Admittedly I couldn’t wait to start building the kit, so here’s a bit of progress.

Detailed add-on armor for the upper glacis with wave deflector and towing hooks added.

On the second image notice the edge that aligns the add-on armor with the upper glacis (parts reversed to showedges).

Exhaust (3 part assembly) glued in place. Another 2-part assembly (fuel tank for laying smoke screen) covers the exhaust on top.

The bulldozer blade added to the lower glacis. The sprue gates are mounted between the actuating arms, so I broke one of them trying to clean the part up…

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Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026 – Small scale Zveroboy

Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026
Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026

Announced back in 2013 (or was it 2012?) the expected development of IS-2 is finally here. Please welcome ISU-152 by Zvezda!

Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026
Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026

Previous Zvezda kits in the scale had sprues on their own inside the box. That made each sound like a baby’s rattle. Parts here are sealed in a soft plastic bag, which prevents parts loss, and makes plastic less prone to breaks.

Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026
Zvezda’s 1/72 ISU-152, kit 5026

The ISU-152 is big, grey and bad@$$, and at first sight appears to have a very small amount of parts in common with the IS-2 kit from the past year (which is a very good one if I may say).  That’s sort of misleading because there is still a lot from the IS-2 – the sprues are simply re-done and parts are re-arranged for the new machine.

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Skymodels decals 1/72 FW-190A and F, SKY72059

Few aircraft have served in as many roles as the Focke Wulf 190, the famous Butcherbird. the charismatic German WWII superfighter. Intended as a Bf-109 replacement, the 190 served alongside it till the very last day of the war.

Nearly every company that has done a model of WWII aircraft has a FW-190 in its catalog. As is customary decal variants are between 1 and 4, and most feature aircraft of certain ace pilot – e.g. Josef Priller or Hans-Ulrich Rudel. This sheet is no different, and it does feature TWO options for Priller’s mount, but it’s got a few more tricks up its sleeve.

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Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050

P-47 was the heaviest single-seat fighter of WW2 and a popular modelling subject. There have been numerous decal sheets, but none of them offer as many options as this one.

Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050
Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050

Skymodels’ sheet for the mighty Jug offers 30 (!) different options from C to the N models, from all war theaters.

Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050
Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050

The various options comprise radio codes, nose art, serial numbers, victory markings, etc. In addition there are THREE types of national insignia, the full stenciling AND an instrument panel decal available.

Skymodels decals 1/72 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, SKY72050
Stencils, prop stickers, instrument panel decal
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Begemot Decals MiG-25 Foxbat full stencil, 72-016

The MiG-25 was a wonder aircraft in terms of technical solutions, aerodynamic scheme and application versatility for an airframe this big and this fast.

For an aircraft this influential and famous its very odd we have less than 10 kits available in all scales. Just 3 of them in the 72nd scale:

– the old Hasegawa kit (reissued and poorly copied countless times though that wouldn’t count),

– the Berkut family of single- and two-seater (the sole kit of the U training version AT ALL),

– the much more recent ICM kit.

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Zvezda 1/72 Russian Missile System “Topol” (SS-25 Sickle), kit 5003

Zvezda 1:72 Russian Missile System Topol (SS-25 Sickle)
Zvezda 1:72 Russian Missile System Topol (SS-25 Sickle)

The expected kit of 2013, which did not show up until mid-February 2014. Here it is in all its 300+ part glory.

What you will notice is not just the 2 options – there are two full suspension sets for either option:

– set on the ground under the full 100 ton load,

– and “jacked up – wheels hanging” pose, ready for launch. All parts modified, including wishbones and driveshafts drooping,  steering rods also extended.

The two hydraulic portals that lift the whole TEL up also have different parts for the two modes, as do the support plates and the “fifth leg” behind the right cockpit.

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UM’s T-34 with L-11 complete

Using OKB Grigorov’s resing parts has been very easy. In fact with the help of a hair drier I was able to bend the track run around the wheels and get some sag on the track. The track run retained its shape so well it could hold the wheels in place with no glue whatsoever!

After the track was painted I started weathering the wholes assembly, and added some “volumized” mud on the hull, which requires some pigment powders to look like the real deal (dry mud).

A small detail – Albion Alloys copper tube used for the exhaust pipes:

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UM’s 1940 T-34 with L-11 gun and some aftermarket help

OK, after showing what’s in the box let’s see how to build this beast of a kit.

First, I glued together the hull halves and added the main fenders. They are way too thick for the scale and after being measured were chopped off.

Next step – fill the trenches where the former fenders join the upper hull, and sand the sides down until they are smooth.

Hull filled and sanded
Hull filled and sanded

Details will have to be restored…

Fabricate the new fenders from scrap metal – here 0,1mm brass sheet cut to size and bent. The bend is sort of uneven, which is fine considering this is a tank.

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