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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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    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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    Pz VI Tiger Ausf. E – Revell 1/72

    The finished article. Paints and effects used:

    – acrylic paints by Gunze, Tamiya, Vallejo for the camo job,

    – MM Gun Metal for the armament and track base color,

    – Tamiya X-11 for track bare metal effect,

    – various dark metal shades for the chipping effects,

    – thinned Revell browns used for the washes (darker on the hull, lighter on the tracks),

    – Agama patinators and Koh-I-Noor pastel chalks for dust, smoke and heat staining on the exhaust heat shields,

    – Alclad II Engine manifold on the exhausts for that extra oily exhaust look, feel and SMELL,

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    Building Revell’s Tiger E in 1/72

    First thing to do is to get rid of the molded-on tools. Considering the absurd ideas to make the hammer our of 3 layers of PE and the jack out of 9 layers – some tools were replaced with items from the Attack’s set “Implements and tools”, and I kept the jack almost stock. For the time being I glued on the retaining PE clasps and straps for them and the tow cables.

    Stripped from the tools - PE added
    Stripped from the tools – PE added

    Aside from the molded-on tools and the symmetric turret there are few other issues with the Revell kit:

    – directly sticking the spare tracks to the turret walls – there are brackets for this on the actual machine – I used PE items form the Part set.
    – the gun that is very crudely molded in one piece together with the muzzle brake – replaced it with RB Models item 72B26 turned aluminum barrel with bronze muzzle brake. Since the barrel is turned there are visible traces from the lathe on its surface – I sanded down with 800 and 2000-grit sandpaper.

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