Sunday, 2 April 2017

T-80B - final version

 I've been wanting to build a T-80B for a long time, having built the old Matchbox / Revell kit in the mid 1990s.The Modelcollect kit is a much better starting point!

The gunner's hatch needs off-setting at a slight angle.

The cupola is for an early version and needs up-armouring. It's also too flat for any version.
The kit basket is both too thick and only suited to the early version. I modified a T-80U part and thinned it down.

Resin copy of the cupola.

A resin copy of my improved kit turret. The basic shape is quite good, but a number of details are missing or can be improved.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

BMD-4M : Tankograd

Tankograd make a very resin kit of the recent BMD-4M. It also has a small fret of photo-etched parts.

The tow cable is from Karaya, with the ends being modified parts from a Revell T-72.

I scratch-built the on vehicle tools.

The kit is very detailed but there were some smaller bits I improved.

I replaced the main gun barrel with a scratch-built item, the secondary armament being from Zedval.

The mesh over the rear grill is cut from a photo-etched mesh sheet from Exokit.

Friday, 8 April 2016

T-90S Bhishma

This is the Indian version of the welded turret T-90A, using the Tankograd resin turret shell. Most of the rest is scratchbuilt, some of which I cast in resin.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Tankograd resin accessories

Tankograd of Russia have produced a limited number of resin conversion kits, detail sets and even full kits but these have always been difficult to get hold of. This is a shame as they are of excellent quality and cover some interesting subjects, mostly post-war Soviet and Russian.

A new supplier has now emerged with a new online site. It's in Russian, but Google translate works well. They also reply to e-mails in English and accept PayPal payment. Hopefully this will be a new source for all Tankograd items. You can see the website here. They can also be reached directly via e-mail.

Friday, 19 February 2016

T-64A model 1975 (rebuild)

The completed model based on the Modelcollect kit with Tankograd turret and OKB Grigorov wheels and tracks. Modelled as a vehicle in the fighting in Ukraine.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Modelcollect T-64B

More progress on the T-64B.
The kit part for the rear hull grill has the wrong number of horizontal slats so I cut them off and made replacements.

This is a fitting for securing the tracks when transporting the vehicle. The kit piece is much too small.

The right side fuel cells are incorrectly sized. I chopped them up and corrected them.

Test fitting all the hull parts.

The various pieces disassembled.

The first one off the production line is nearly ready!

Friday, 26 June 2015

T-80U from Modelcollect

Some sprue shots. It also includes both hard and flexible track and a turned metal barrel.