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1:72 RT-2PM Topol ICBM by Zvezda - WIP

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  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
1:72 RT-2PM Topol ICBM by Zvezda - WIP
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, June 28, 2018 4:12 PM

Hello!

While this is not my main area of interest, I decided to build this baby because it is kinda fascinating. 12 by 14 truck with top weight of 105 tonnes - you don't see something like this every day. The kit looks great in the box - lots of parts and quite detailed, too. The fit of it is very good, too. The kit gives you two options - to build it in transport or launch position. There's a slight problem with the launch position, lifted on hydraulic jacks and with the misille container up. Well, normally, if you want to launch, you drop the nose cone of the container before erecting the container/launcher. As I didn't want to detail the insides of the container, I decided to show my model lifted on jacks, but the container/launcher still down.

I started with building the chassis together with the wheel suspension:

1:72 Zvezda RT-2PM Topol by Pawel

1:72 Zvezda RT-2PM Topol by Pawel

I painted the insides of the frame with black Gunze paint before assembly, to save trouble later. This way I didn't have to worry about scraping paint off when glueing parts together, because the glue I use - lacquer thinner - just melts the paint away in the necessary spots. Very handy. I have cut out the holes in the frame that are just marked on the kit parts, but they don't go all the way through. Then I have additionally detailed the steering system with copper wire. Interestingly, although the kit is pretty detailed, it lacks the engine, leaving a big empty space in the place indicated by the arrow:

1:72 Zvezda RT-2PM Topol by Pawel

I decided to fill this space with something later. Next I'm working on all th boxes that will be put on the frame. Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Thursday, June 28, 2018 4:32 PM
Should be a interesting buildd Pawel

Clint

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, June 29, 2018 7:41 AM

Oh wow! I had a look this one up Pawel, what a big brute!!! I'm guessing she's over 30cmm / a foot long when finished? And fourteen wheels, that's some supension system! Looking forward to more photos of this monster! 

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

 

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:50 PM

Rambo, Gamera - thanks a lot for your comments!

Rambo - like I wrote, I find this truck fascinating, too!

Gamera - The body of the misille container is exactly 26cm long, and it will get the nose cone and the base, so yes, roughly 30 cm it is. Good thing it's in 1:72 - that's what I love this scale for - even big subjects are still manageable. As for the suspension system - 8 of those 14 wheels are steerable and 12 of those are driven in real life! In the kit you get the whole suspension system x2 - one set is ccompressed as if under weight, the other set is uncompressed, as for the vehicle lifted on hydraulic jacks. That's the one I have used.

Thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, June 30, 2018 8:47 PM

That's a big truck!  Imagine rotating the tires on that lol.  Following along. Looks like the launcher in "spies like us"

Thanks,

John

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    June, 2018
Posted by TankerEasy on Wednesday, August 01, 2018 4:47 AM

We need to see an update! Smile Burger

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  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, August 02, 2018 4:29 PM

Hello Easy!

I'd be glad to make an update here!

I started working on the wheels. I planned to use the kit's wheels, but they have a prominent seam on them and as it turned out, thes sand quite poorly:

1:72 Zvezda RT-2PM Topol by Pawel

That's when I decided to buy resin wheels. I got a set from a company called "Armory". The thread on theit tires looks good and sands better than the kits parts:

1:72 Zvezda RT-2PM Topol by Pawel

Unfortunately fitting the resin hubs to the rest of the chassis looks very complicated here - it would take precise drilling or milling of large diameter holes in the resin parts, or a major surgery of the styrene axle stubs:

1:72 Zvezda RT-2PM Topol by Pawel

The resin tires als have a spot each, where the resin was being poured, with rough surface and trapped air bubbles. I have drilled out the pinholes and have glued a small piece of stretched sprue in each one:

1:72 Zvezda RT-2PM Topol by Pawel

After a little sanding I have cleaned up the thread with razor saw:

1:72 Zvezda RT-2PM Topol by Pawel

Because of how much work it would take to install the resin hubs, and because of how nice those kit's wheels are, I decided to install the kit's wheels with resin tires on my model. To do this I only needed to remove some resin from the tires - this was done quickly and nicely with a 11mm wood drill bit.

It's worth noting, that when you assemble all the wheels exactly as per the instructions, the tires on one side will be installed "in the wrong direction". To adress this, you would need to deliberately work against the instructions - and end up getting a small hole/seam along the wheel on all wheels on one side of the model. On the photo below you can see one kit tire assembled per kit instructions, one tire assembled against the kit instructions and resin tire with a styrene hub:

1:72 Zvezda RT-2PM Topol by Pawel

This is what I have so far - thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 02, 2018 6:04 PM

Nice work on repairing the tires, looking very good!!!

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

 

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, August 03, 2018 5:05 PM

Gamera - thanks a lot!

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, August 05, 2018 4:37 PM

BTW Pawel is the M42A1 Duster in the contest gallery of September FSM yours? If so nice work and congrads on making it in the magazine! 

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

 

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Monday, August 06, 2018 1:36 AM

Hello!

They tell me it is, but I have yet to see the printed copy. When I do, I'll post about it, but in a different topic.

Thanks for thinking aboput me and have a nice day!

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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