BT-7 SOVIET LIGHT TANK TAMIYA 1/35

It is BT-7 completed in October 2015. It was very easy to make.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 BOX PACKAGEThis is the BT-7 of Tamiya. I built the BT-5 of ZVEZDA long ago and had hard work. BT-5 and BT-7 are something like brothers. The body became the welding from a rivet as a change from BT-5 and became the slant gun turret as a characteristic of the model 1937.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGEven Tamiya does the work of the box composing type at the beginning of the process, it’s surprising. I don’t worry about the TAMIYA product, but just in case I did a trial assembly.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThe chassis box was completed without problems.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGBuilding around the complicated front wheel ends and side armors. I wrote a weld at the top, but I wonder some rivets may also be used.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGI got big wheels fixed. It’s one of the characteristics of the BT series.
(14-October-2015)

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThe mold of a BT-7 caterpillar, both sides are good quality. There are injection pin marks. Whether I leave the marks except where it stands out.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGIt was assembled on a tracker roller right away. This caterpillar is splendid. It cannot happen with the belt.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThey are the etched parts and the decals to be used now.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThe delicately curved surface processing of photo-etched parts use this jig, and anyone can easily make it.
(25-October-2015)

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGI clean the surface before the painting. It is assembling completion for the moment.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGAs usual, these headlights will be installed just before the completion. This thick chain is one of the big outward features of the BT tank.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThere were a few wheels, so assembly was early. Because the caterpillar tracks are the high-quality injection parts, they look like hard plates one by one.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGThe photo-etched parts are too beautiful and stand out. The shape of the shovel is somewhat strange and different from a Japanese one. Will this reproduce the shovel of the Russian military exactly? When I checked it, there was also such a shape shovel in the WWII Russian Army.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 MAKINGI fitted the photo-etched parts of the radiator inlet port in the body side.
(27-October-2015)

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGPainting with black lacquer paint.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 PAINTINGI painted with dark green water-based paint and tore off favorite places. Sometimes it’s overdone.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 RUSSIAN TANK CREWTwo figures are attached to this Tamiya kit. After having painted the tank, I begin this painting now. A complete report will be up after I finish painting the figure. Please wait for a moment.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 RUSSIAN TANK CREWThe back shot.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 RUSSIAN TANK CREWThis position is just right to put a hand to the edge of the gun turret.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 RUSSIAN TANK CREWA mold is illegible in green-colored parts.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 RUSSIAN TANK CREW PAINTINGThe expression of the face becomes easy to understand that I paint surfacer.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 RUSSIAN TANK CREW PAINTINGThe back shot.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 RUSSIAN TANK CREW PAINTINGI painted it generally. Is blue workwear slightly too bright? Maybe I will tone down the color a little.
(29-October-2015)

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKT-26 and BT-5 were lacking in the defensive powers in the Spanish civil war, BT-7 adopted inclination armor and improved the defensive powers.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe T-34 called a masterpiece tank had an inclination arming and high mobility. These were inherited from BT-7.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKBT-7 played an active part in the Battles of Khalkhin Gol that fought with the Japanese Army and the invasion in Poland, the winter war that invaded and attacked in Finland, the Eastern Front of the early stage. I had an impression that the BT tank was very weak, was always overthrown. In fact, it played an active part in various fights.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKBecause this tank is in Leningrad in 1943, it is an experienced tank very much. I think that the damage to the paint surface became considerably intense. It was painted like the tank used for a long time.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI wound a metal chain around the front, it is the basic item of the BT series. This headlight is really well-made. It’s fascinating.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI see the photo-etched parts of the radiator inlet port when from this height.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe painting of the exhaust pipe was increased rust. The recent Tamiya kits have a mold of the knob on the scoop stop tab.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI took a dry-brush with the iron metallic on the caterpillar. There is a sense of weight because it is a little sparkle.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKThe gun turret turned, but a gun barrel hardened on the way, and movement of the top and bottom has been fixed.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKAfter having painted it black, I painted with the basics-colored dark green and some areas were peeled off. It is a so-called hair spray technique.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKI cut a margin off as much as possible, cut the number one by one and stuck it.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK RUSSIAN TANK CREWI think a pose and an expression are natural and cool. The painting of a map case belt has stuck up a little. I think I have to apply more correctly. I’m exhausted by face painting.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK RUSSIAN TANK CREWThe soldier was painted like blond hair and added the light and shade.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK RUSSIAN TANK CREWI am ashamed that I show it by zoom up. The eyeballs were enduringly drawn on the hollow at the very back of the mold. I’m glad because it comes with rank insignia of the decal in the Soviet Army. I want Tamiya to release the decal of the rank insignia of the U.S. Army, British troops, the Soviet Army, the Imperial Japanese Army. I absolutely buy for five each decal set.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK RUSSIAN TANK CREWI painted the tank crew of blue working clothes faded looking. It seems to fit for other tanks. It should be adjusted the height for using something inside of the tank.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK RUSSIAN TANK CREWFrom behind. I refrained from the oil dirt this time, maybe it is too shabby…

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK RUSSIAN TANK CREWIt is a layout same as a box picture.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK RUSSIAN TANK CREWA face is an oil painting. Both of two people have a serious expression.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORK RUSSIAN TANK CREWJudging from a badge of rank, the right soldier is a captain. I can choose the rank of a captain, a first lieutenant, a second lieutenant with the kit decals of Tamiya.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKBecause it was easy to assemble it, I was able to spend time for the painting. I think the best part of the tank model is drawing various expressions after having finished basic color.

BT-7 TAMIYA 1/35 FINISHED WORKRecently, I like the method to tear off a paint film afterward. I would like to use it to the Modern AFVs, but I wonder weathering it overdo.
(30-October-2015)

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