The armoured roof version of the BTR-152 is an important variant which is sure to be deployed in a number of dioramas, et wargame scenarios. The fully enclosed véhicule offers more protection for the crew, et it has roof hatches which may be opened to allow infantry to fight from the véhicule. In wargames, the armoured roof conveniently hides the fact that there aren’t any troops inside the véhicule. No need to pile a bunch of plastic figurines into an open compartment, this BTR-152 looks perfectly realistic on the approach march. Figurines are placed on the table when the hatches open, et the troops dismount for action. The model shown here has been painted Gunze H73 dark green.
- BTR-152.K avec armoured roof
- 7.62 mm machine gun
- 13 sets of decals
Choix de sujet excellent. Le BTR-152 est un véhicule de transport de troupes standard which served in many Eastern Bloc countries. The véhicule is similar in appearance to the véhicules de transport de troupes semi-chenillés widely used pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, but its 6-wheeled design gives the BTR-152 a distinctively modern look.
Two variants. The véhicule featured in this kit is the armoured roof version of the BTR-152. However, the sprue contains all the necessary parts to build the open-topped véhicule de transport de troupes as well.
Only 54 parts, easy to assemble. The model went together very well, requiring less than an hour to assemble the fully closed down armoured roof version. With the armoured roof installed, et roof hatches closed down, interior detailing is not strictly necessary, requiring only 30 parts to complete the véhicule. Large roof hatches are included, et they may be modelled in an open position, in which case the rear compartment should be fitted avec all the kit parts, of course. The véhicule body is completely assembled, et the chassis fits into the lower hull beautifully. Hatches, doors, et windows are moulded on, saving much assembly time, but also making it difficult to model the véhicule avec open hatches.
The kit is moulded in dark green plastic, avec black wheels et chassis, et a black roof. The véhicule could be used as a toy without actually painting it.
Metal axles are cut to the correct length, et they ensure the proper alignment of the rear springs. Wheels should be glued on avec superglue, making sure that the tread is aligned correctly on each side of the véhicule. There are three wheels avec one type of hub, et four avec another. It’s important to examine the wheels to spot the difference. The set of four is for the rear axles, one of the three is the spare, et the other two are for the front axle. The picture on the box shows how the tread should be aligned, a V-shape pointing toward the ground when viewed from the front of the véhicule.
The instructions are written in Tchèque, Russe, Anglais, et Allemand. Drawings are included, et they require careful study to locate all the parts. Placement of the steering wheel is not show, but should be easy to figurine out.
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
Painting et decaling instructions cover un BTR-152.K ambulance de l’Allemagne de l’Est, un véhicule syrien et un tchèque. All three véhicules are to be painted Humbrol No. 114 Vert Russe. We would have liked to see colour reference numbers for some of the other options, particularly of BTR-152s deployed au Moyen-Orient.
Good value for money. This version of the BTR-152 gives the modéliste two choices, to complete the véhicule avec ou without the armoured roof. In either case, some parts for the spares box will be left over.
We found the handwritten part numbers more difficult to read than printed ones.
The instructions do not show how to cut the lamps off the sprue. The véhicule on the box cover has the lamps mounted flush on the fender, but the painting instructions show them slightly raised.
The manual would have you mount the subdued lights on the outside, et the headlamps on the inside, but the cover photo shows exactly the opposite arrangement.
The instructions do not show an antenna mounting point, important information for anyone without access to a relevant photo. The manufacturer informs us that the BTR-152 carried a single antenna on the right side, ou one on each side of the véhicule.
The decals were very brittle. The véhicule numbers broke into many small pieces during the application process. Crew figurines are not included.
Possibilités de Conversions
- BTR-152.V1 véhicule de transport de troupes avec cabestan
- BTR-152.V2 véhicule de transport de troupes sans cabestan
- BTR-152 véhicule antichar avec système de missiles antichar ATGM
- BTR-152.A anti-aircraft véhicule avec twin mitrailleuses ou canons
- BTR-152 close support véhicule avec quatre mitrailleuses lourdes
- 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.
The BTR-152 is a good model of a very important véhicule. The original had some clever design features, like central tire-pressure regulation which allowed the crew to adjust the pressure in accordance avec local driving conditions. The BTR-152 has a rugged look to it, which will make it a valuable addition to any collection of military véhicules. The choice of decals supplied avec this kit is such that the modéliste will be tempted to complete a number of different BTR-152s, exploring various schémas de camouflage tempérés et du désert. Joueurs de guerre will want at least one motorized infantry platoon mounted in véhicules de transport de troupes BTR-152, et it may be difficult to resist the urge to explore several theaters of operation at the same time.
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