Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Российский основной боевой танк Т-90

from Wikepedia-

The T-90 is a Russian third-generation main battle tank that is a modernisation of the T-72 (it was originally to be called the T-72BU, later renamed to T-90). It is currently the most modern tank in service with the Russian Ground Forces and Naval Infantry. Although a development of the T-72, the T-90 uses a 125mm 2A46 smoothbore tank gun, 1G46 gunner sights, a new engine, andthermal sights. Standard protective measures include a blend of SteelComposite armour, and Kontakt-5 explosive-reactivearmor, laser warning receiversNakidka camouflage and the Shtora infrared ATGM jamming system. The EMT-7 electromagnetic pulse (EMP) creator is used in testing but not fitted to T-90s in active service.[3] It is designed and built by Uralvagonzavod, inNizhny Tagil, Russia.

This new kit from Russian manufacturer Zvezda (Star) is a star! At a very affordable price we have a really very build-able and highly detailed model. All I can say is buy one !

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Monday, 6 February 2012

Painting the HET Part 1 the M1070

Building this kit is time consuming! You have basically two very large models that join together. To break up the build I decided to paint the prime mover as I undertook construction of the trailer. To paint the interior I decided it best to leave one of the cab side walls off until after I painted and weathered the interior.

Base Paint of Interior

The weathering was done with washes of acrylic paint to impart that dusty lived in look.

Then to give some realism I stacked the interior with supplies and some of the printed miniatures available from my blogspot.

With the interior complete I was able to complete the cab assembly. Then it was time to paint the rig. This took a long time. Its a big model but also very intricate and delicate. 

I painted the sub-assemblies separately prior to final assembly.

I used Tamiya acrylics for the US Nato tri-tonal scheme. 

Alclad II lacquer was used to give that Radiator a metallic appearance

The scheme was coped out from the instructions painting diagram. I used Iwata HP-C + to freehand the intricate camouflage patterns. This took a long time.