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"Winter Harvest" - Ukraine War dio

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  • From: Valrico, FL
"Winter Harvest" - Ukraine War dio
Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, April 16, 2022 3:43 PM

I have started on a dio about the Ukraine war showing the valiant Tractor BDE “recovering” a Russian BMP-2. So far, I have the tractor detailed and reworked to fix some of its issues since it is a 1/32 Ertl die-cast and plastic piece.

This is what I stared with.

It is a German Fendt tractor that is used in Ukraine, as seen in the below pics.

 

 

I took it apart and began improving it. First, I cut open the door so you could see inside. I also replaced the oversized steering wheel with one from the spares box. Next, I painted the floor and seats black and the rest of the interior parts a sand color, including the inside of the window frames since the “glass” is one piece and you could see the green paint from the outside. I then detail painted the dash and controls on the sides of the seat and added a few warning placard decals.
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On the outside, I cut off the rubbery exhaust pipe end and replaced it with a piece of hollow plastic tubing. I then cut off the out of scale handle on the rear attachments and drilled out the ends to better represent the attachment points. I drilled a vertical hole through the rear parts for a tow point. I will insert a pin in it later. I also removed the orange beacons and replaced them with a couple clear ones that I painted orange. They are slightly better. I added the mirrors from a 1/32 die-cast truck and scratched the grab handles on each side. I also painted the whole frame flat black as it was weird, glossy dark grey color. Lastly, I painted the clear lights and the red/white tail lights. I also copied a Ukrainian license plate and printed it out, then added it to the rear.

Here is is so far.
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Next up is some weathering then getting started on the Trumpeter BMP-2 w/interior.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, April 16, 2022 3:48 PM

That looks great.  Following this one - quite the famous picture.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Saturday, April 16, 2022 7:15 PM

Great idea and great progress so far!  I'll be following this build closely.

tjs

TJS

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Posted by HeavyArty on Saturday, April 16, 2022 7:31 PM

Thanks gents.  The weathering does leave lots of options.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, April 17, 2022 12:13 PM

Some of the die-cast stuff can be incredibe.

They can make very noce starting points for detailing, too. 

Still, that's pretty amazing as a start to the dio.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, April 17, 2022 6:57 PM

Thanks CapnMac.  I have used a few die-cast pieces as starters for a more detailed piece.  They can be quite good.

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, April 17, 2022 9:28 PM

Neat Gino, looks forward to more! 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 10:21 AM

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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Posted by richs26 on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 5:31 PM

Excellent work, Gino.  You could also do one where two John Deere's are towing a T-72.  Or add a Lamborghini towing something else.

WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 6:11 PM

Thanks, but I am sticking w/the BMP-2 since it is what I have in the stash.

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Posted by TigerII on Thursday, April 21, 2022 5:34 PM

HeavyArty

Thanks, but I am sticking w/the BMP-2 since it is what I have in the stash.

 

I like the fact that you're using what's available without any extra expense. That tractor looks very good. I'll be looking forward to some more WIP pics. 

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Posted by lurch on Thursday, April 21, 2022 6:40 PM

Thats a great idea. Looking forward to see what you are going to do with this one.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, April 22, 2022 8:50 AM

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, April 22, 2022 9:33 AM

Cool, looking forward to this!

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

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:03 AM

I have been working on the abandoned BMP-2, but didn’t take many in-progress shots. Here it is with the interior mostly complete.

It is pretty much out of the box. I added a few extra pieces such as a fuel can, a few ammo cans and a blanket to give it the lived-in look. I also added the fire extinguishers, a few boxes and bags up front, axe, tree saw, and three missile reload tubes for the 9M113 Konkurs ATGM. Lastly, I added a few hoses to dress it up.
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The turret needed a lot of work. Trumpeter greatly simplified it. I fixed some of it, but it could use a lot more work. First, I added the half-circular ammo locker across the back of the turret that Trumpeter missed. I built it out of sheet styrene and added ribs on top. I also repositioned the control handles from the floor (basically) where Trumpeter had them to in front of the gunner and raised up the gunner’s sight so it is in front of him as opposed to at his knees.
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The upper hull interior. I added a couple cables that will go out to the doors.

 

More to come.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 3:49 PM

Looking at the above picture of the turret, I wasn’t satisfied with the details. I know most of it will not be seen, but I added a couple more pieces.

Here is an actual turret interior. You can see there is more at the front of the turret; the circular shield, round feed tube, and a few other parts.
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I decided to add the shield, the rounds feed chute, and the forward support poles. Not perfect, but a little more complete.

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I also opened one of the side safety doors inside to show more of the turret as well, like below.

And on the model. I like it.
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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 4:12 PM

Hello!

Lookin' good! So it's a 1/32 tractor mated to a 1/35 BMP-2?

My pops always told us: forget the tanks, the BWP (that's the way the first BMPs were called in Poland) is a real fun to drive! I don't know about BMP-2, but does it have fuel tanks in the rear doors, too? Because that was one weird feature of the original BMP.

Respect for tackling the interior! Good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 4:30 PM

Hi Pawel.  Thanks for the compliments.

Yup, 1/32 tractor and 1/35 BMP-2.  I have mixed scales often.  As long as they are not the same vehicles and you keep all accessories and such the same scale, they work together just fine.

Yes, the BMP-2 has the same fuel cells in the rear doors and the center fuel tank that the troops are sitting against/on.  Seems like a recipe for disaster to me.  I definitely wouldn't want to be in one when it gets hit.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:30 PM

Great job on the interior of the BMP Gino. So much fun to leave to hatches open and have to built all that extra detail in there! 

Looking forward to more! 

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

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, May 12, 2022 7:23 AM

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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Posted by lurch on Thursday, May 12, 2022 9:22 AM

Thats looking great.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, May 13, 2022 11:24 AM

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, May 13, 2022 11:48 AM

Excellent idea for a dio! I get a little jazzed every time I see a clip or still of something like this.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Friday, May 13, 2022 4:14 PM

Thanks RBear. More work on it this weekend. I just found these on eBay to go with it too.

Water bottles and water bottle decals from Ukraine by DAN Models.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, May 13, 2022 6:53 PM

Gino, I see you support Ukraine as you build!

Those water bottles look very correct for an eastern european setting. I especially like the first one in the middle row - it says "Dobra voda" which translates to "good water", huh, huh...

Good luck with your build and have a nice day!

Paweł

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 7:36 AM

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 11:07 AM

Pawel
see you support Ukraine as you build!

Have heard that 1/35 sunflowers are hard to come by of late ...

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Posted by HeavyArty on Sunday, June 5, 2022 8:14 PM

I have finished up the initial paint on the BMP-2. I sprayed it with a rattle can of Krylon Spanish Green. I added the "Z"s with craft paint and deliberately left them messy so they look hand painted.

I also changed out the tracks. The Trumpeter kit comes with rubber band tracks that were way too short. I had a set of link-and-length tracks from an old Esci BMP that I used on it. I also had to use the Esci sprockets as they had a different pitch and are wider than the Trumpeter tracks.

Here it is so far.
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I added a couple ration cartons on the inside from the FC Model Trend Russian IRP-P Rations box set. You can see one on the right side rear seat below.
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I started adding some more details as well by placing a water bottle box of a Russian water label on the rear deck. I made the box myself using images lifted off the web.
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Next up is weathering and I am waiting on a couple more items to come in the mail for the dio.

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, June 5, 2022 8:37 PM

Looks great Gino! Looking forward to seeing everything all set up. 

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

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, June 6, 2022 12:08 PM

Gino P. Quintiliani - Field Artillery - The KING of BATTLE!!!

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"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell

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