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WWII Soviet Tanks.
|1/35 BA20 armoured car|
|Not sure of the manufacturer - box and instructions were all in Russian.||Fit of the body to chasssis needed a lot of putty work.||I think the figure was mainly Tamiya Russian tank crew and infantry parts.||Plastic in this kit was rather brittle.||Interesting to see as a 'period shot'|
|1/35 BA64B armoured car.|
|This older Russian AER model had the right shape, but many detail parts were added or changed.||Added a figure for interest.||Everything blends in with a little paint.||Constructed 2012.|
|Adding details to a basic kit.||Note driver's visor was completely rebuilt.||Big cylinder on the side is the muffler.|
|"Early" model BT-7 with the straight-sided turret from Eastern Express.||I decided against markings as most photos did not show any.||It is the hardest thing to get a rigid plastic figure to interact with a gun (or other part) in a realistic manner.||The figure pose was suggested by the box art.||2004|
|1/72 Pegasus Models BT7|
|1/72 Pegasus Models BT7||Two models in the box means 2 different finishes||Unditching log is a typical Russian addition|
|Winter whitewash is also a common finish||This would be applied over the green paint||The whitewash starts to wear off quickly as it is not as tough as paint|
|1/35 ISU 152|
|Zvezda ISU 152||Zvezda tank troops.||Fruil tracks||Action poses!||Things are getting hot. Time to get off this shell magnet!||Jump!||Built 2012.|
|1/35 GAZ 67 staff car.|
|Tamiya, built in 2001.||Looks like a little snow on the ground.||I see some silvering on those decals...||Looks like a Jeep, eh?|
|1/35 T28 tank with Trumpeter tank crew at rest.|
|Eastern Express T28 tank with Trumpeter tank crew at rest.||The vehicle I modeled had the fittings for a turret antenna, but no actual antenna.||Four of the rear wheel converted to all-steel type.||Share a little vodka and accordian!||Has some interior details - engine, cooling fan||Constructed in 2012.|
|1/35 T40 light tank|
|This was mainly based on a photo of a group of winter-finish T40 vehicles rather than one specific vehicle.||This kind of finish really captures the "used and dirty' feel of a real vehicle and helps brings some life.||Note the red and white colored signaling flags held by the commander.||I like the officiousness of the officer with his plans and demanding manner.||The poor tank guy looks like he has had an earful! Built 2004.|
|1/72 IS 2 tank.|
|Pegasus Models kit. AB figure Russian commander.||A nice kit and the sagging track is cool - a pity the outside of the tracks shows so little detail.||Detailed up from picture references.||Decal not included so I had to find/hand paint as needed.|
|1/72 IS 2 tank with spaced armour
||Pegasus Models IS 2 tank with spaced armour added to turret.
||The main turret hatch was covered with canvas - perhaps it was leaking?
||Note the armour was coming detached on the right rear of the turret. I assume this armour was scrounged up and and not an official mod.
||I figured it would have been given a quick coat of paint to blend it in. I simulated this by making it not quite match the tank colour.
|1/76 JS III|
|Original turret conversion from 1968 with new hull built 2004 (old model had bad track-rot).||Log, tow cables, extra fuel tanks...||Road wheels coated in liquid super-glue (CA) before painting to provide a non-reactive barrier.||These were old type vinyl tracks so I wanted to prevent a re-occurrence of track-rot.||I purchased 2 models off eBay dating from 1963-5. These were packaged for the US market.|
|1/76 KV 1|
|KV 1, scratch built using wheels and tracks from an Airfix JS III.||Constructed almost entirely from plastic card.||Running gear and tracks were replaced in 2004 - original dates from 1971!|
|1/35 KV II|
|Tamiya 1/35 KV II.||Foliage on the track guards was 'borrowed' from a KV I picture.||Kit tracks not great - tried the mud treatment.||Winter camo worked quite nicely.||Constructed in 2001.|
|1/72 T34 1942 model.
ESCI model constructed in 2013. This model is rather poorly engineered. I was force to cut off the road wheel arms and use wire to connect the roadwheels - after first plugging the holes in the hull sides - in order for the tracks to fit the wheels.
|I finally have an example of box fuel tanks.||Looks a bit thick and crude - Ooooh! Just like a real T34!|
|1/76 T34_76 1941 model.|
|T34_76 1941 model, from the Airfix kit.||Airfix tracks still very thick.||New boxes and log.||Track detail looks good in this view. Headlights need some attention!||Under construction showing the changes that are neccesary from the 1942 model depicted by Airfix.|
|1/35 T34/76 Stalingrad - Maquette|
|1/35 T34/76 Stalingrad.||OOB quick build||Rough and ready - like a T34...||Kit a bit rough - but have you seen a REAL T34? If not go do it!|
|1/76 T34/76 1943 model|
|T34/76 1943 model with the hexagonal turret.||This is a late version with raised cupola on the turret.||A conversion from the Airfix kit, in whitewash snow camouflage.||This is an old model that has just undergone renovation including replacing the wheels and tracks which were badly damaged by track melt.||I also replaced the main gun as part of the renovation as the kit part was under-sized.||This became apparent as I was building the T34_76 1941 model.||Bad track melt! Approximate year of construction: 1968.|
|1/35 T34/76 1943|
|Tamiya 1/35 early T34/76 1943 model||Troops have a Maxim.||Supporting Russian infantry by .||Early version with the twin round "Mickey Mouse" hatches||Zvezda infantry|
|Zvezda infantry||Zvezda infantry||Trying to get arty now.||Early version with box-like fuel containers on the rear.|
|1/76 T34 85|
|To combat the panzerfaust weapons, no external fuel tanks are carried and the turret and hull have welded on bed frames.||This is based on a vehicle pictured in Berlin. (T34 In Action, Profile Publications)||Model Airfix, Figures AB. Bed frames and patch of Berlin street by me! 2003.|
|This is a conversion I did years ago on an Airfix T34, from an Airfix magazine article right when the model was first released.||This vehicle has been restored using a new kit since the old was suffering from severe track-melt.||Approximate year of construction: 1967. Restored 2003.|
|Airfix M3 converted to the T48 armed with 57 mm M1 gun. 1968.||This conversion was also detailed in Airfix magazine.||This was supplied by lead-lease and used mainly used by the Soviets.|