The first version of the BTR-152 was produced en 1950, it became the basis for many useful variants. The véhicule hull is of all-welded construction, engine et transmission are at the front of the véhicule. The crew consists of a conducteur, assistant conducteur, et up to 17 infantry who normally board the véhicule through the rear entry hatch. The BTR-152.V1 was the second model to enter service, it had a front mounted cabestan, et a tyre-pressure regulation system.
- 7.62 mm machine gun
- 13 sets of decals
There are a total of 54 parts; the main superstructure is actually partially pre-assembled; composed of three pieces fused together.
Plastic axles are indicated in the instructions, but the kit actually came avec metal axles.
The kit comes avec 13 sets of decals, et three batches of véhicule ID numbers:
- (1) East Germany
- (2) CSSR
- (3) & (4) Poland
- (5) Hungary
- (6) Afghanistan
- (7) Syria
- (8) Israel
- (9) Bulgaria
- (10) & (11) USSR
- (12) Finland
- (13) Red Cross
- Vehicle Numbers
The instructions are written in four languages, Tchèque, Russe, Anglais, et Allemand. Illustrations are included, but the proper placement of a few parts (the steering wheel, for one) are omitted. Easy enough to figurine out, though.
The model is molded in a bright blue plastic, which is somewhat softer than the plastic used by most manufacturers. One must therefore be careful when trimming et filing; also note that the paint is more likely to rub off until coated by protective vernis.
Painting instructions were not included in this kit. The BTR may be painted Humbrol No. 114 Vert Russe pour représenter un véhicule du Pacte de Varsovie ou Syrien.
Crew figurines are not included.
- The BTR-152 series has seen service avec Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China (as the véhicule de transport de troupes type 56), Congo, Cuba, Allemagne Est, Égypte, Finland, Hongrie, India, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Pologne, Roumanie, URSS, Syrie et autres pays. Production ended in early 1960s, et en Russie the véhicule was replaced by the BTR-60.P series.
- The Palestinian Authority (PA) currently has 50 BTR-152 in inventory which were supplied par l’Égypte en 1996 et 1997.
- L’Armée Israélienne used BTR-152 series véhicules, but it is unlikely that these were actually purchased de l’URSS. Like other Warsaw Pact equipment in the Israeli arsenal, the BTR-152s were most likely captured during the conflicts avec l’Égypte, et la Syrie.
Possibilités de Conversions
- BTR-152.V2 véhicule de transport de troupes sans cabestan
- BTR-152 véhicule antichar avec système de missiles antichar ATGM
- BTR-152.A véhicule antiaérien avec twin mitrailleuses ou canons
- BTR-152 close support véhicule avec quatre mitrailleuses lourdes
- BTR-152.K véhicule de transport de troupes avec toit blindé
- BTR-152.U, command véhicule. The véhicule had raised sides to provide more internal space, et comfort for the staff working inside; it was not armed. This variant et the BTR-152.K would be suitable for several other uses, as an ambulance, signals, et artillerie registration véhicule.
Overall, the kit is simple, et went together well. Some parts needed fiddling to get to fit, et it wasn’t always clear where to cut parts off the sprue. Other manufacturers might have made more parts for the same subject, to allow the véhicule to be modelled avec open doors et window hatches, for example. The kit should be a welcome addition to any collection, but may be hard to find. Assembled in the Républic Tchèque, the kit may be produced under a different name in Europe.
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