Archive for May, 2013


Since I figured it out mounting rubber tracks would be nightmare when the body was assembled, I decided to paint the lower parts and road wheels before hand. Copious amounts of pigments were also used, as this parts will be hard to reach when everything will be glued together and tracks attached.


Same goes for the parts that will be visible from front and rear above the tracks.


Tracks mounted with a little persuasion and some CA glue.


Before attaching them permamently tracks were first primed, followed by black colour. When this dried, I gave them a brown wash followed by drybrushing of steel colour over the raised details. Of course further weathering will involve pigments as well.


And here she is, ready for some paint!


And here we go, my first armor kit in some two decades. I remember building a German Leopard 2A4 when I was 15 or so but my modelling skills have improved since then and I hope I’ll be able to implement them in this build. And learn something new in the process.


The hull might seem of one piece but was actually made of several little pieces that fit very nicely. Reference photos showed that some machines have that famous wooden log mounted by the side so for added interest, I attached it as well. Fact is that instructions are a bit simple and don’t tell you about all the pieces where goes what.


Turret and the launcher are finished as well. Some smaller gaps appeared on the launcher and there were some crevices on the mounting arm which were filled with Mr. Surfacer 500 and when dry wiped with Tamiya Lacquer Thinner. But nothing serious and I have to commend modelcollect for creating a really nice fitting model.


And there she is, dryfitted and ready for some primer.


I forgot to mention there are also several parts in the box that are not mentioned in the instructions. These include rocket launcher covers, stability arms in extended position if you wish to pose your model ready for launch (though you would have to scratchbuild a plate below the front chassis that lowers before firing) and several other items, including fuel barrels (probably for the T-90 models).


All in all it was a nice and quick progress and I totally forgot the pain that usually comes with aircraft models, first finishing the canopy and then all the masking of the clear parts. With tanks, you just glue, glue, glue and than paint and weather the whole thing – the most fun part of the build I reckon. Anyhow, this is the end of part 1, next post will be about painting.

TOS-1A Buratino

TOS-1A is 24 barrel 220mm calibre multiple rocket launcher and a thermobaric weapon mounted on a chassis of T-72 main battle tank. It is designed to engage and destroy infantry and lightly armored vehicles as a part of larger armored force. Although first tested at the end of Afghanistan war, its first public presentation happened in 1999. The improved TOS-1A system entered service in 2001 and has increased range of up to 6.000m (some sources say up to 9.000m) compared to original 3.500m. It is believed around 15 units are in service with NBC units of Russian Army. TOS-1A official name is Soltsepek (Blazing Sun) while the nickname Buratino comes from the Tolstoy’s hero character in his Pinocchio style story – the launcher representing the growing nose of the character.


To be honest, I’ve never before heard of either the TOS-1 system, neither of Modelcollect company. While you can find a few things about the first on the web, little can be found of the company itself. Their website doesn’t offer much useful information and from what I’ve gathered so far, they are producing die-cast and plastic scale models. So far T-90, T-90A and TOS-1A have been released in 1:72 scale and for the price of 13.99$ you can’t go really wrong with it (similar price to Revell T-72).

So let’s see what’s in the box.

Note: Click on the photos will open them in higher resolution.



Lower hull comes in die-cast metal form. This will certainly add some weight to the model (shouldn’t armor kits be heavy?). Details are crisp and well defined and the only ejection pin marks I’ve found are on the inner side of the hull.


There are two sprues of main wheels and drive sprockets. Wheels seem a bit simplified. The edges on real ones are flat while these are round and there is no metal rim represented which extends a bit further than rubber parts. Painting these might become challenge but a swipe with sanding stick will make them flatter.


Upper parts are nicely molded with sharp recesses and grills that should look nice after some wash application.


Same goes for the side skirts and other parts of the upper hull.


TOS-1A system makes for a separate sprue. Again not much to comment as all parts are crisp and without any visible flash or mould defections.


Tracks are made of rubber and are my biggest concern. Especially for the painting as I fear paint will crack when bending them around the wheels.


A small decal sheet rounds this package with a few tactical codes, unit badges and Gvardiya badges. Paint instructions call only for an overall green machine, though search for photos on google, reveals a whole lot of different camouflaged machines.

Stay tuned for work in progress.

7th May 2013


You know a feeling where you’ve been modelling a lot but there’s not much to show? It’s happening to me at the moment. The Su-7 build was halted because I had to wait for the shipment of Tamiya’s Lacquer Thinner to arrive from the other side of the world – wiping away Mr. Surfacer with a cotton bud dipped in this thinner has never been easier. So not to get rusty in the meantime, I’ve started work on a Revell’s reboxing of an excellent Zvezda kit of Mi-24V Hind. I will be building it in Czech Air Force scheme with Tigermeet 2011 markings. All I can say is that I’m sorry that I am not allowed to show you progress photos as this is the most detailed 1:72 model I have ever built. Unfortunately the fit is another issue. Well it is a bit my fault as I didn’t take enough dryfitting sessions before trying to close it up. Thing is that you build the entire interior beforehand and you have to wrap it, so to speak, in external skin. Now I am left with a few gaps to fill but still it makes a hell of a model and will certainly build a few more!

I’ve also bought my first armor kit after some two decades – not that I would have particular interest in armored vehicles or models but just for the fact, when I saw a model published on some internet site, the shape of the thing caught my attention as it was the most brutal and awesome piece of metal I have ever seen. I am talking about a Russian heavy flamethrower TOS-1A ‘Buratino’. Mounted on a T-72 chassis a big rocket launcher is fixed, firing thermobaric rockets at targets up to 6.000m away from the vehicle. Being a short range weapon TOS-1 system is used in an armor group of main battle tanks and APCs.


Source: Wikipedia

As it is quite a rare model of a rare vehicle from a rare new manufacturer I also plan on making a review of this model in the following days.

I also updated my plan and What I got lists 🙂