Tuesday, March 31, 2015

T-99 Armata...

Russian tank design is a funny thing. There always seems to be about 20 different new designs, upgrades and concepts on the go at any given time. Currently the Federal army is taking deliveries of the T-90A, whiles also upgrading their T-72 to the B3 standard. At the same time, however, they are also working on pumping out an entirely new platform to rival the NATO MBTs on the market. The T-99 is current contender for this, although after the experiences of projects like the Black Eagle, I will reserve judgement as to whether it will ever enter full scale production.


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Sharkit recently put out a conversion kit for the beast in 1/72 and me being the perennial Russophile immediately picked one up. its a neat design, with a remote turret, RELIKT ERA and some nice brass etched slat armor for variety. When combined with the cost of a base Revell T-90A you are getting near 100 AUD for a single vehicle, so I don't think I'll be outfitting a company's worth any time soon.

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The Kit itself is quite simply designed and I was struck by the relatively spartan detailing when compared with Model Collect's impressive new Russian beasts. This is partially wheat inspired me to do a digital scheme using classical modern Russian colors.



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That said, the kit was very easy to work with and fit well with the Revell parts. It also has a certain cool vibe, mating an MGS-style turret to a T-series hull. Very neat.

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Oh, and while I was at it, I did up a PKM team by Elhiem too :)

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9 comments:

  1. Stunning work. Soooo tempted with the conversion kit now- especially as I know the local model shop has Revell T90s in stock.

    Does remind me of the old Twilight 2000 designs from the 80s though....

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  2. Not at all. :)

    I did play around with an old M1 hull and the Stryker MGS turret with a similar idea in mind....

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Remote turrets are pretty boss.

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    2. Yes they are, They are actually looking at putting a 30mm auto cannon in a remote turret on Stryker's now. Still in the Experimental phase, but the remote turret will still allow them to hall 9 dismounts around.

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    3. I never understood why they didn't do it in the first place. Or just follow what the Canadians and the USMC did with the LAV and have a turret. 50 cal seems a bit under gunned for a modern APC.

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    4. Because the LAV can not hold 9 dismounts, plus crew. Also the turret adds weight that would make it harder make them C-130 deployable. Also they where not originally seen as IFVs. They would get the unit to the battle and then beat feet. It was a sacrifice, the Bradley has a decent punch, but is slower, is a gas hog, harder to deploy from the states and only has 6 or 4 dismounts for offensive ops. Not bad when your fighting a tank horde with ATGMs.
      Another problem is the mech units sacrifice numbers of ground pounders, so when it come to actually clearing a bunker or building complex they are at a disadvantage, especially when you are fighting in a insurgents with civilians. Never looks good when they get hurt especially if you drop some CAS or ARTY. Make the news and we don't want that.
      So now that the tech is available for an unmanned torrent that uses pretty much the same crow system as the 50 cal, and doesn't sacrifice troop strength. I say you have a winner then.

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    5. They experimented in the late 80s with a unmanned autoloader 140mm turret on the Abrams platform named M1 Component Advanced Technology Test Bed (CATTB). Some pictures of it have resurfaced of late and people are incorrectly calling it the M1A3.

      Also love the painting top work as always.

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  3. First time I have seen one of those as a model and it does not disappoint. Good job on painting it up.

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