I made a Russian Ural track-based rocket launcher. It was built in May 2015.
I would like to make a unique and unusual military vehicle kit. It’s a Russian multiple rocket launcher BM-21. I have never made a truck model so it looks very interesting. Anyway, I praise Trumpeter release this kind of model. I wonder how many sales are 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.
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 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 in the straight direction of the tires.
The driver’s seat assembly looks 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 Hollywood movies. The Russian original title is “METPO”.
Now I’m checking every part of the driver’s compartment. It’s box composition and requires 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 a driver’s compartment and trial assembly. The panel decal was very sensitive, easily broken so needed to handle it 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 the final adhesion. I have never looked at real Ural Trucks but only photographs. I compared the parts to the real truck photo, almost the same shape of steering and meter panel, I think it’s a nice kit.
I couldn’t attach the driver’s compartment because that part was mistaken 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 a very difficult 3D puzzle…
Including the below photo, Driver’s seat and hood, fender, and exhaust muffler were a complex combination, I have a 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.
The 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.
BM-21 Grad is a 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, the range is 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. The loader seems quite busy.
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 glance at the meters in the driver’s seat.
The front of the Ural truck. When I watched Russian movies, sometimes appears Ural Truck-based special vehicles such as fire trucks, tankers. I focused on watching the proportion of Ural trucks to leave the main story.
Some of the actual photos of the Russian modern truck camouflage pattern are uneven and scattered. However, I painted a camouflage pattern as much as possible to have a sense of unity and 3 colors harmonized.
It has vacant space between the launcher and spare tire. There is a large step in the middle, maybe they often work on here.
Because this track is a 6-wheel drive, I think the off-road performance was good.
It is a large sense of accomplishment after completing the 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 possibly avoid disaster. I suppose the three-color camouflage of modern Russian’s good looks, it becomes one of the nice collection items.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.