by Andrew Judson
images by Brett Green
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Well, I am back into armour
This is a Russian BMP-3 from
the 1/35 scale SKIF kit built with a stack of after-market accessories.
The kit itself is quite
detailed, including an interior that I did not use as I depicted all the
hatches closed. I felt that, with all the extra work on the exterior, the
interior might be a bit of a distraction and would also add greatly to the
length of the project.
So what are the add ons, you
For starters I added the
Eduard exterior detail set #35569, which was quite time consuming. I also
added a resin and brass detail set from Model Point in Russia. The set
includes a new resin turret, metal gun barrels, antenna pots and smoke
dischargers. This was a very nice set that went together easily.
construction was finished, the best part could begin - painting!
I decided to
paint this BMP in the current Russian three-tone colur scheme using Tamiya
acrylic paints through my Aztek A470 airbrush. The base coat was Dark
Green. I then began with the camouflage using Deck Tan and Flat Black.
With the basic
colours on the model, I sprayed a coat of Gunze Flat mixed with a tiny bit
of Tamiya Buff to impart a very slightly faded look. I like my armour to
continued the weathering by using a mixture of washes and Mig Productions
pigments. I also sprayed on diluted mixtures of dusty colours around the
tracks and drive line, and slightly up onto the side guards. Care was
taken to avoid making the vehicle look too dirty though.
The figure was
added to lend a sense of scale. This came from a Verlinden set #319
Russian Tank Crew.
For reference I
used Concord's book "Russian BMP Infantry Combat Vehicles" by Steve Zaloga,
and an article from Military Modelling magazine Vol. 28 No. 19, also by Mr
Zaloga. What a great modeller he is, always inspiring me to go that little
I am very happy
with the end result and hope that you will enjoy it too.
Thanks to Rob
Cole for letting me build your kit.
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|Russia's War in
Author: David Isby
Illustrator: Ronald Volstad
US Price: $14.95
UK Price: £8.99
June 15 1986
Details: 48 pages; ISBN: 0850456916
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