Eastern Express 1/72 Scale
Su-85 Soviet Tank Destroyer
images & text by Brett Green
Eastern Express's 1/72 scale Su-85 is available online from Squadron
Here is Eastern Express's 1/72 scale Su-85 Soviet Tank Destroyer. Chris
Wauchop was asked to build this as one of several small-scale armour
The model received some extra detail per his client's requirements.
Front and rear mudguards were thinned out and bent back for a slightly
beaten-up look. The plastic of the kit was particularly pliable,
simplifying this task, even lending itself to being dented.
The kit headlight was hollowed out and painted with Tamiya Enamel
Chrome Silver. The horn, vision slots and the ends of the exhausts were
hollowed out too.
Additional stowage comprising fine wire, stretched sprue and the foil
from a cigarette packed was added to the superstructure side as extra
The link and length tracks looked good, but the links were misaligned
and required significant cleanup prior to assembly. Even after the extra
work, alignment of the tracks on the rear right side was not perfect.
The plastic gun barrel supplied with the kit looked too thick and
appeared to be out of alignment. Fortunately, Chris was supplied with an
ARMO tuned metal D-5T 85mm gun barrel, item number 72 702, to replace this
poor plastic part. This metal barrel was an impressive addition that did
not require any preparation.
Part photo-etched set number P72-021 was actually designed for the AER
Moldova Su-100 kit but was supplied by Chris's customer to use on this
model. No surprisingly, many of the parts were unusable on the Su-85. Even
so, many of the photo etched parts added scale refinement to the basic
plastic. The large photo-etched grille for the engine deck was simply
glued over the top of the plastic hatch, with the brass frame glued over
the top of the completed assembly.
The saw was impressive, even including tiny teeth which were
unfortunately completely obscured when placed in its holding rack on the
hull side. The photo-etched stowage boxes were another welcome addition
with subtle and useful detail.
The instructions were particularly vague considering the larger amount
of tiny detail included on this photo-etched set.
Some of the photo-etched parts as supplied were inappropriately
two-dimensional, but replacements were very easily bent from fine wire.
These small parts included:
The antenna was made from fine brass wire bevelled with a grinding tool
to impart a tapered appearance.
was XF-58 Olive Green mixed with Flat Yellow in approximately equal parts,
weathered with XF-52 Flat Earth and XF-59 Desert Yellow. The model was
also shaded and streaked with Chis's customary thin mix of XF-54 Red Brown
and XF-1 Black.
All paints were applied with the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush.
The decals were straight from the box. These performed extremely well
over the polished superstructure side - unusual for some of these small
scale Eastern European kit.
No scale reference is shown because I lost my quarter, but take my word
- this is one small model!
thumbnails below to view larger images:
|T-34/76 & T-34/85
Modelling Manuals 16
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
June 27, 2001
Details: 64 pages; ISBN: 1841762091
Model by Chris Wauchop
Text Copyright © 2004 by Chris Wauchop and
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05 June, 2005
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