I try to build the Soviet Union forces, BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle in the Cold War period. The progress may be slow.
Because I’m playing an adventure game “Life is Strange” little by little recently. This game’s theme is the time paradox, I could empathize with a main character easily. The main character is a young girl, so maybe it’s slightly unnatural and weird that a middle aged man says empathy. Especially it is very sad but good story from the end of the Episode 3 to the beginning of the Episode 4, I forced myself not to cry. I think this part is more excellent than a last scene. There is a lot of information, so if it’s English only, it’s tight for me. I can play now a Japanese edition in Steam, and I’m really thankful. Even though the main character is a cute girl, she had too much nosebleed in many scenes…..
There are not many track rollers. Fitting of chassis parts is also good, and it seems built smoothly.
Oh, cutting out work is annoying. It looks pretty small amount, these are tracks for one vehicle. A sharp design knife is recommended.
This is all prepared for building the tracks. These are snap fit type movable. Fitting is very easy to assemble.
According to the instruction, required 85 tracks, in my feeling, even 84 is a little too long. Because it is hidden in the side cover and whether it is not necessary to worry too much. I wonder if it is not necessary to care about the joint tracks.
Since the upper surface body is distorted by poor fit with the chassis, before mounting the large front parts, I had better to glue the top and bottom together. Or this part is the last to mount.
A lot of the periscopes are located in the rear half of the vehicle for the boarded infantries. Many clear parts are in this kit.
Early-morning model assembling. This kit is shining, lit up by the sunshine. I want to make a model in a room with a view overlooking the beautiful sea if possible. Unfortunately, I see an urban canal now.
Etched parts and a metal gun barrel is a good point. I felt these parts makes me an expert. Because the photo-etched parts are small amount, it is not serious at all.
There was an uneven step on the front lower body, I filled it up with putty and made it flat. Better to leave the junction mold of armor might be good. After all, this is OK because the gap was too large.
Fitting of the side fender is not bad. Generally, almost parts impression is sharp and good.
I painted the panel rim and fenders with a slightly blackish color.
This is the basic color Russian Green. I used the Creos Mr. Color No.136 Russian Green.
I chose a decal of the Russian Army. There were also other markings of East Germany (Deutsche Demokratische Republik; DDR) and the Soviet Union. It takes a little more time to the completion.
Sorry, maybe this is Czech BMP.
The BMP is the meaning of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle in Russian, in the Russian Боевая Машина Пехоты.
Deployed from the 1960s, the method of the infantry with the armored vehicle was epoch-making. The West has also begun to develop them, we have an increasing number of infantry combat vehicles.
I think we cannot say the BMP-1 is amphibious, but at least it has water navigation. There’s no screw as Volkswagen Schwimmwagen, but the BMP-1 can sail at a speed of 7km on the water by the force of the caterpillar rolling.
The clear parts of the headlight are very good accent for sober painting tanks.
The armaments are the 73 mm 2A28 Grom low pressure smoothbore short-recoil semi-automatic gun, ATGM launcher for 9M14 Malyutka, 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine-gun.
A small turret is only covered from above. When it’s put in once, hard to change the angle of a gun turret. I could rearrange it by a thin cutter.
However, after being completed, I lifted the main gun barrel with my finger when changing the angle. It was good to glue a barrel firmly with a turret.
Periscopes are everywhere. Because it is a personnel carrier, and periscopes for troops in transit, there are also pistol ports on the both sides. For the operation, 3 crew is required. In addition, infantry up to 8 people can be boarded.
Periscopes were painted in gloss black. I intended to put the reflection prevention seat for the Stryker released from AFV Club, but I saw a real vehicle photograph having periscopes in black.
The back is space for transportation, so there seems to be an engine placed at the front. I wonder the wire mesh that the exhaust outlet. It was painted a little darker.
I discussed one of the weathering methods with a modeler by chance, I don’t know how to say in English, but it’s a technique of used aqueous paint thinned with fuel alcohol to express natural mud and dust. I have never used this technique. My way is used thinned enamel paint with pastel, thinned enamel fixed the small pastel on the surface after drying.
I have written the title as the Soviet Union Army, but exactly it is the Russian Army. No, maybe it’s Czech vehicle, I mistook it.
The box picture and paint instruction are different painting in detail. I chose the black gun barrel, which looks cool.
Besides, I grayed a traction hook and painted a spare caterpillar tread in black. It is slightly dull only with Russian green.
BMP-1 looks cool there is a sense of stability, the appearance of the vehicle height low. Afghanistan and African countries under the influence of the former communist bloc, I have seen the white vehicle of the UN. The variations of the paint might unexpectedly interesting.