Monday, September 13, 2010

Making kontakt with the T-72

15mm these days has some pretty gaping holes in its range, and one of them is second and third gen Russian ERA. Kontakt-5 was developed as a successor to Kontakt-1, a reactive tiling that was meant to foul the process HEAT warheads undergo to penetrate their targets. Kontakt-5 took this concept a step further, and targeted the kinetic penetrators on SABOT rounds fired out of the NATO tanks at the time. The result is simple - Kontakt-1 can stop RPGs and HEAT rounds, but has little effect on other types of ammunition. Kontakt-5 on the other hand, seeks to protect against a broader range of munition types, protecting the relatively fragile Soviet AFV from the horrible fiery death they seem to be fond of experiencing.

To remedy this gap I decided to take a basic QRF T-72 and convert it using plasticard and superglue riveting, I'm quite pleased with the result!

The initial model pre-conversion

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and after

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pictured along side the T-80BV

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