It was built from October to November, 2007. It was pretty difficult.

Box package of BT-5 Zvezda 1/35

It’s a very old kit, on the back of the chassis, there’s a mold “ZVEZDA, Russia”. I heard that this kit is easy assemble even Eastern European kits are difficult to complete.

All parts, runnners of BT-5 Zvezda 1/35

It seems difficult that the mold is rough and some parts are not well shaped.

Many parts have surface sink, BT-5 Zvezda 1/35

I assembled it without caution as the photo. Many parts have surface sink, junction was just not fit.

huge gap on the body, BT-5 Zvezda 1/35

There were huge gap on the body junction, I fixed it with epoxy putty and light-curing putty.

changed headlights to clear parts of BT-5

I changed the front hatch, rear hatch handle to brass wire, changed headlights to clear parts.

caterpillar was a set of two pieces, BT-5 Zvezda 1/35

Because the caterpillar was a set of two pieces, the length adjustment was difficult. Length slightly remained. Because there is no other way, I cut one of the parts with nippers at a halfway position, and the loose condition of caterpillar may just improved.

Turret making of BT-5 Zvezda 1/35

There are black parts on the upper part of the turret in the real car photograph in the Internet. I put up the polyester because it was not in the kit. May be it’s machine gun mounted device?

Tristar Russian tank crew with resin head

I put the figure to the tank. It is a young crew with the Russian tank cap. The extending runner added the skin band of the cap. It is a worried face.

Tristar Russian tank crew with resin head nice mold

There is a machine gun in the real car photograph next to the turret. I suitably made it from the runner.

After blowing Russian green with the airbrush, Brown is brush painted

After blowing Russian green with the airbrush, Brown is brush painted.

wrinkled attaching decals of BT-5 Zvezda 1/35

Decal quality was not so good and I could not fit them on the body. It’s difficult to fit on the mat surface. Trying to use the decal softer was in vain.

Soviet light tank BT-5 Zvezda 1/35

This time, it’s Soviet light tank BT-5. Engineer John Walter Christie in the United States developed a Christie fast tank. The licensed production right was sold to the Soviet Union for various reasons.
This tank was possible running that without removable caterpillar on the road, the speed of about 100km. As for the replacement to T-34, after all, detaching caterpillar might have been unnecessary in the battlefield.

front face of BT-5 Zvezda 1/35

The BT tank appears frequently as a weak enemy with the scene model. I made this tank in the situation of Spanish civil war in 1936. At that time, the tank of a German army that supported the Franco army seems to have fought hard against 42 caliber 45mm tank gun power. When a strong chain as often seen in the battlefield photograph is rolled to the front side, it seems to be strong.

left side of BT-5 Zvezda 1/35

Because a part of molding the trank roller had been buried, I punctured it again in the drill of 1mm.

rear view of BT-5 Zvezda 1/35

The caterpillar fastness belt was used from the kit. I thinly shaved it down.

painted blacking the rear panel of BT-5

I only painted blacking it this time, though the engine grill was more real if I use the photo-etched parts.

marking at a Spanish civil war, BT-5 light tank

A tattered decal was corrected more or less at the end of the making report. After all, there should be better with a red, white line because of the feature of this marking at a Spanish civil war.

Russian tank crew Tristar 1/35

I drew tank soldier’s eyes a little large. The quality of the resin head is marvelous.

BT-5 Zvezda 1/35 build and painting to finish

Because the joint of the fore hatch and the hinge was bad, it was not easy to have installed it. I cut it down and made it by oneself with a plastic board.

very difficult working of BT-5 Zvezda 1/35 build and painting to finish

Before assembling, I thought it’s easy to complete because of the parts are not so many. But in the process, there were many difficult processes. But anyway I could complete it. Especially I like this figure very much.


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