I made Russian Ural track based rocket launcher. It was built in May 2015.
I would like to make unique and unusual military vehicle kit. It’s Russian multiple rocket launcher BM-21. I have never made truck model so it looks very interesting.
Anyway, I praise Trumpeter release this kind model. I wonder how many sales in the world. I don’t know the price of each country, but selling prices in Japan is too expensive, even considering many parts and runners.
First the body, I’m making the chassis and engine. The engine fan belt was photo-etched parts, nice quality.
Axle and bumper, fuel tank and suspensions are fitted to the chassis. This kit plastic is soft.
There are seven detailed tires including the spare. I keep clean the parting line in the center as the photo left line, right three are after filed. These tires seem to be the big appeal point of this kit.
I built thin brass wires in various places for change the front wheels movable. Many fragile parts are complexly composed.
I could move the tires with installed brass wire placed 6 parts. But strength is very weak and some places were cracked, finally it’s unstable. Unfortunately, I fixed all shafts to be straight direction of the tires.
Chassis was completed. Oh, even this stage looks quite cool. It is difficult timing to paint inside of driver seat and an engine.
The driver’s seat assembly looks like difficult so I’ll make the rocket launcher first.
During this time, I was watching a disaster film called “Metro 42” in Russia-related. It’s excellent work and must be spent much cost of film production. The contents are quite interesting and the characters are lively. I suppose it’s much competitive compared with the Hollywood movies. The Russian original title is “METPO”.
There are many burrs near the bunch of rocket launcher nozzle. I shaped them carefully as much as possible because it’s one of the main points of this model.
This rocket is placed just on the loading platform like the turret of Pz.Kpfw.III Dragon models. No need to turn it over at the time of display so maybe no problem, and it would be easier to paint.
Now I’m checking every part of drivers compartment. It’s box composition and require careful handling. The most delicate process of assembly. After cleaning burrs, it seems almost fit clearly. I’ll paint the inside next time.
I painted driver’s compartment and trial assembly. Panel decal was very sensitive, easy broken so needed to handle very very carefully. I can’t paint these detailed descriptions. It’s very nice realistic, even it’s not so clearly viewed inside after completed.
I did the washing before final adhesion. I have never looked real Ural Trucks but only photographs. I compared the parts to the real truck photo, almost same shape of steering and meter panel, I think it’s a nice kit.
I couldn’t attach the driver’s compartment because of that part mistook upside down. I need to fix it at any cost.
At first I didn’t notice that mistake so I felt it’s like solving very difficult 3D puzzle…..
Including the below photo, Driver’s seat and hood, fender and exhaust muffler were complex combination, I have carefully temporal assembly. I’ve struggled a little with the mounting of the steps up to the driver’s seat, the others are almost well.
I suppose it’s the timing of basic color paint. Otherwise, this process changes to very hard.
Before painting, there are many windows on the driver’s compartment so I covered them on the masking tapes.
I blew the dark color on the chassis flame and other dark areas.
Bright part was instructed dark yellow on this manual, but I’m sure that modern Russian AFV’s camouflage pattern’s color is brighter as Creos Mr.Color No321 light brown. Using the colors of camouflage paint No303 Green FS34102, No321 light brown, No137 tire black. It is also unique and individual like German WWII tri-color camouflage.
Wow, it’s a good feeling of Russian AFV camouflage pattern.
I’m planning light weathering to finish up. Now I’m set up all the modules except rocket launchers and clear light parts.
BM-21 Grade is 122mm self-propelled multiple rocket launcher that was developed by the Soviet Union in the early 1960s. It’s been used all over the world, especially ex-Communist countries. “Grade” means hail in Russian. In the Soviet Union, 12 launchers had been deployed per one division.
It can launch a variety of rockets, range are from 5km to 40km. BM-21’s launch preparation is completed in 3 minutes after stop moving. It takes 20 seconds to fire all 40 rockets, re-loading is about 10 minutes. Loader seems quite busy.
Assembly order is quite different from ordinary tank making. Before all making, I started to paint in the driver’s seat.
This time I really hesitated whether doing weathering on the clear parts such as glass windows, in the end I decided not to cover dust. Clear parts were good accents, some parts are shining, such as headlights. It is fun to see a quick glance on the meters in the driver’s seat.
The front of the Ural truck. When I watched the Russian movies, sometimes appears Ural Truck-based special vehicle such as fire trucks, tankers. I focused watching the proportion of Ural truck to leave the main story.
I blew the dark color and light dust on the lower side of the vehicle fender. This time I cared not to be strongly powdered.
Some of the actual photos of the Russian modern truck camouflage pattern is uneven and scattered. However, I painted camouflage pattern as much as possible to have a sense of unity and 3 colors harmonized.
At the time of launching, it blows a fairly large amount of dark soot, I imagine.
Spare tire is big and nice appeal point. I wonder this time chipping paint is the same old pattern. I’ll try to work more complex pattern next time.
There are label like the layout of rocket is pasted on the loading point. I wonder what that meant. This launcher is able to shoot salvo and single-shot.
As I wrote in the making memo, decals are thin and delicate, requires careful handling.
It has vacant space between the launcher and spare tire. There are a large step in the middle, maybe they often work on here.
Because this track is 6-wheel drive, I think the off-road performance was good.
It can be parted like this, the rocket launcher is only putting on the chassis.
Generally AFV models are not colorful, this kit has shining mirror, headlights and orange warning lights and tail lights. Red valves on the rocket launchers are also nice.
Angle of the rocket is fixed , not moving up and down in this kit.
Position of the fuel tanks are same as the trucks and trailers running in Japan.
It is a large sense of accomplishment after completed military truck which I have been wanting to challenge. At first, I’m worried it’s all right, I tried carefully temporarily assembled the parts and possible to avoid disaster. I suppose the three-color camouflage of modern Russians good looks, it becomes one of the nice collection item.