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BT-5 Soviet Light Tank ~ Zvezda #3507

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  • From: Iowa
BT-5 Soviet Light Tank ~ Zvezda #3507
Posted by David Maddog on Monday, August 13, 2012 8:34 PM

Looking forward to this little build, shouldn't take too long. Here is the chassis assembly. I've went ahead an ordered Eduard's PE set for the italari and Zvezda kit, it adds only a little detail but the kits engine grate on the back is terrible so I thought a PE upgrade would be better.

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Posted by gerrysmodels on Monday, August 13, 2012 11:26 PM

David

Look forward to the progress of this build as I have been thinking of adding one one these to my collection.

Regards

Gerry

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  • From: Rain USA, Vancouver WA
Posted by tigerman on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 1:01 AM

David it looks like a fun build. I wonder how these build up? Are they better then Eastern Express?

I still need an early Russian armor such as a BT-5 or BT-7.

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 Eric 

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Posted by wbill76 on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 11:21 AM

Off to a good start! Always neat to see the pre-war/early war designs get their due.

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Posted by F Matthews on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 11:53 AM
I've built a couple of these. They're ok, but aren't the most accurate, but still quick and fun builds. The Eduard set is a must and really improves the finished product.

Eastern Express doesn't do a BT-5, but they do the whole BT-7 series, which is more accurate and more detailed-especially with the Eduard sets for those kits. Unfortunately, I bought all of the EE BT-7s right before Tamiya released their BT-7, which is very nice, but a lot pricier.

I've built a Tamiya one now, but will build one or two of the EEs in my stash and probably sell the rest cheap as I've built the Tamiya version(s) now!

I love the early war Soviet stuff, so I'll be following this one for sure.
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Posted by TD4438 on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 4:28 PM

The indy links on this kit are an insanely tight fit.Use a good liquid cement and they will soften up right away with no further trouble.

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Posted by David Maddog on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 4:46 PM

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind!

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Posted by David Maddog on Thursday, August 16, 2012 9:15 PM

More updates, the front suspension had a gap on both sides so after gluing I filled in with squadron putty mixed with Testors liquid cement and sanded down.  Eduard parts and RB barrel are inbound, should get them within the next week. :)

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Posted by tigerman on Friday, August 17, 2012 1:57 AM

Keep at it David.

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 Eric 

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Posted by David Maddog on Sunday, September 30, 2012 6:34 PM

Here are some more updates.  Here I am taking the Exhaust off to replace with PE.

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Posted by wbill76 on Sunday, September 30, 2012 7:49 PM

Nice to see this one come back to the front of the line, looking good!

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Posted by tigerman on Monday, October 1, 2012 12:25 AM

I like those grills. Yes

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 Eric 

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Posted by David Maddog on Sunday, November 11, 2012 12:21 PM

Well, I got this one done. Wish I did something different with the headlights but by the time I thought of something I already had them in and I didn't want to mess with trying to fix it. I'm very pleased with how the PE turned out though and the tracks were pretty simple to assemble.

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Posted by SprueOne on Sunday, November 11, 2012 12:51 PM

Yes, the PE really set it off and the tracks look great. Are they box kit stock?

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Posted by David Maddog on Sunday, November 11, 2012 1:04 PM

Yes, the tracks are from the kit.

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Posted by Shellback on Sunday, November 11, 2012 1:31 PM

There's just enough of everything to make this a pleasing looking model to look at !

Well done .

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Posted by SprueOne on Sunday, November 11, 2012 1:46 PM

Wow, very well done overall.

What color do you use for WWII russian armor?

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Posted by David Maddog on Sunday, November 11, 2012 4:33 PM

I used Model Masters enamel European Dark Green # 1764, over a black primer.  Then mixed a lighter 50:50 mix of White and Euro Dark Green with 50% thinner and painted centers of panels.  I also did some dry brushing with Pale Green on the bolts, edges and details to make them pop out.  At first I thought it was a little too dark of a green but it started to grow on me.

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Posted by tigerman on Sunday, November 11, 2012 8:26 PM

David, glad you got her done. Love the PE grills.

It might be me, but the straps are begging to tie something down. Wink

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 Eric 

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Posted by disastermaster on Monday, November 12, 2012 12:20 AM

Very Nice!

    Only thing that looks out of place is the lack of any screening in those vacant deck intakes.... ....wouldn't take much.

I did a BT7 a few years ago.

If you wanna see pics of it you can click HERE.

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 12, 2012 7:41 AM

David: Sharp work! Always liked the looks of the BT series, seems they captured the 'sports car' look J. Walter Christie wanted to bring to the tank world. And you've done a great job on her!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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