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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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    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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    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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    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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    UM 1/72 T-34/76 mod. 1940 with L-11 gun, kit 336

    UM 1/72 T-34/76 mod. 1940 with L-11 gun, kit 336
    UM 1/72 T-34/76 mod. 1940 with L-11 gun, kit 336

    Early T-34s tend to be underrepresented in modelling, so it’s really nice that UM has taken care of them. I bough this kit in the beginning of the year because I only had mod. 1943 in my collection.

    I’ll start with the PE and the decals (click on an image to see it full size). PE is really crude, especially the net over the engine. There are also the bolt-on armor for the MG and the ubiquitous tandem lumber saw.

    UM 1/72 T-34/76 mod. 1940 with L-11 gun, kit 336
    UM 1/72 T-34/76 mod. 1940 with L-11 gun, kit 336

    Decals for two machines:

    – red star + white 25 from 11th mechanized corps in July 1941;

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    Zvezda “German 20-mm Anti-Aircraft Gun with Crew FLAK-38”, kit 6117

    Much-smaller than it’s Soviet counterpart below, the FLAK-38 is represented by fewer parts. The crew consists of an aimer/gunner and a loader.

    Details are well-represented on the gun – even bolt heads on both sides of the armored shield are represented. Please note that transport trailer and ammo boxes are not included.

    The flash hider is a bit too bulky, but should be easy to replace with a self-made cooking-foil detail. My main concern is that the sprue gate that is located on the barrel is almost as thick, so care should be taken when separating that detail. It could also use some seam-line cleaning, esp. on the small shield just in front of the breech.

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