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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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    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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    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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