Friday, October 22, 2010

War in Georgia, 2008, Russian Modern AFVs

I was able to put the tracks together and work with the overall shape of the T 62. Modelkasten T 72 tracks required quite a lot of cleanup, but they work splendid. Along with T-62 I will be building two other modern projects in the nearest future. My pick are russian AFVs from the recent conflict in Southern Osetia and Abkhazia in 2008.

The first one is a captured georgian BMP-1 loaded with spetznas troopers from the Chechen "Vostok" battalion under the command of Sulim Yamadayev. Unit was disbanded in late 2008 along with it's sister "Zapad" battalion. I'll be using Zvezda kit and try to sculpt some troopers for it. The graffiti on these vehicles drew my attention and it's the main reason I want to build it.

Another subject is a paratrooper ICV BTR-ZD, a rather field conversion of a standard BTR-D transporter with a improvised stand for a ZU 23-2 twin AA gun. It's another fascinating subject with lots of room for own improvements over the model. The kit available on the market are Alanger BTR and Skif ZU 23-2. I already got both of these.

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