Saturday, June 20, 2015

Model Collect T-72B3M: paintup and review

So to try and make these posts more useful to you guys I've decided to include a little review of the painted fellow in question.

Background:

The T-72B3M is the latest iteration of the venerable T-72. It integrates many of the features of the T-90 into a more cost-effective platform, including K5 reactive armor and an independent thermal sight for the commander. The B3M itself is an 'elite' variant of the B3 and has so far only been deployed in the 'tank biathlons' the Russians have started running in the past few years.

The kit itself is the standard B3 kit provided by Model Collect with the optional CITV and a couple other bits needed for the upgrade.

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Kit Overview:

The kit is your standard Model Collect affair with some of their new flair thrown in. Metal lower hull, several plastic sprues and the surprisingly agreeable flexible tracks that glue extremely easily. In addition, there are several brass-etch components, including the delicious, delicious commander's shield many of us have been lusting after for some time.

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Quality:

Quality is extremely high overall. I think at this point MC have actually surpassed Tamiya in terms of their moulds. Details are extremely crisp, which is a joy when utilising oils for weathering, as they run naturally into the well-defined grooves with little assistance. Mould lines are non existence and there is very little cleanup needed for the kit, you clip and go. Easy done.

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The kit also includes a nice selection of decals, which for me is always a big deal, as I like my numbered vehicles :)

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Conclusion:

Yet another outstanding affair by Model Collect. I've watched this company grow from relatively humble beginnings to become market dominant over the passed couple years and am extremely happy to now have a manufacturer that not only takes the Russian scene seriously, but also produces at top industry standards. Although slightly more expensive than similar Tamiya offerings, I would definitely recommend the Model Collect offering over the former, both in terms of quality and ease of assembly, as the new tracks on the Tamiya kits in particular are quite awful to work with. The B3M is just the latest in MC's growing catalog, which recently added the T-80U and will soon have several BMP-3 variants available, the future looks bright, fellow Russophiles.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Crassus: the bastard son of an AAV-7 and a pig

Another oddity I've been playing around with lately. I was struck by the profile this vehicle cut when FW released it some time ago but never really have the oomph to work on one. To me it combines elements of the MTLB, the AAV-7 and the Gorgon, with the final product looking rugged as hell and truly boss.

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There's a no-nonsense feel to the thing, "I pick up troops, I move them forward safely, I get the hell out."

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As always, the detail on the kick was pretty mind blowing. As far as I can tell, its a heavily modified Macharius chassis, with the hull completely rebuilt to accommodate around thirty grunts.

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The prow in particular was quite reminiscent of the AAV and I assume this beast is amphibious.....somehow.

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Got to play around with some larger rusting techniques on the exhaust, quite happy with how they turned out.

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Went for the standard modulated olive drab scheme I've been using on my other Arcadian vehicles. I suspect at some point in the future I'm going to buy several stowage kits off ebay and laden these things down with packs, tarps and rolls.

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The troop compartment is completely detailed and I actually painted everything, although with the final assemblage this is lost. Oh well, completionist :)

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Took a while to get the whole jerb done. Really need to start hoeing back into my infantry, they are building up!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

T-62M

Another new offering from modeltrans modelbau. Definitely my favorite incarnation of the T-62 :) Painted up for modern units on the Sino border. Love that bra armor

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Along side its little bro of the same vintage

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Desert Siege

Been playing around with the epics of late. While I experimented with a browner scheme, I found this looked a bit dull, all things considered, so I went back to my original scheme, with a tad of an adjustment on the gray tones.

So far I've repainted my Cap Imperious to make it look a bit more dynamic:

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Some enclosed Basilisks:

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And redid the Colossi:

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Also picked up a few of the 30k epic range to play around with, suspect this will end in me doing some Iron Warriors for fun. Did a tester Fellblade, just to see how it would turn out. Instead of doing a full metallic scheme, which I suspect would look pretty crap in epic, I went with grey and roughed it the hell up to reflect how battered IW equipment would get in prolonged fighting conditions.

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ImageI'll be basing the marines in a more verdant setting, to give a bit more visual contrast between the drabs of the armor and the environment. Just need to wait for some 5cm bases to arrive.