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GAZ-AAA build – Part 2:Assembly

No one is going to say that this is a sophisticated kit! It no doubt contains inaccuracies and simplifications, but it suits my purpose – as part of my Berlin diorama. I added some tarpaulin, rolled up stowage and tilt repair section – using sculpted green putty – which I hope will make more sense when the model is finished.


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GAZ-AAA build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

“The three-axle GAZ-AAA was developed concurrently with the mechanically identical GAZ-AA … The GAZ-AAA was used by the Red Army throughout the war years as a general service truck and as a base vehicle for a multitude of specialised variants.” [1]

The kit

Zvezda 1/35 kit [2].

References

1. Kinnear, Jim and Vollert, Jochen, Soviet Trucks of World War 2 (Tankograd Publishing, 2009) p.24
2. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/zvezda-3547-gaz-aaa–121148


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T-34 tractor (model 1944) build – Part 3:Painting

Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray can.

Basecoat: A 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Russian Green (2) – USSR tank late WWII” (136) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner was sprayed all over. Then, a 3:1 mixture of Mr.Color “Russian Green (2) – USSR tank late WWII” (136) and Mr.Color “Character White” (107) in Mr.Color Leveling Thinner (1:2 ratio of paint mixture to thinner) was sprayed on the upper parts.

Details:

  • Tow cable: Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” (70862)
  • Saw: Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” (70862) and Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” (310)
  • Road wheels: Mr.Color “Tire Black” (137)
  • Periscope: LifeColor “Black” (LC02)
  • Hull gun: LifeColor “Black” (LC02)
  • Unditching logs: LifeColor “Light Wooden Stock” (UA728), “Dark Wooden Stock” (UA729), “Brown stone” (UA781), “Russian Uniform M35 Tunic”, “Soviet Army 7K Green Yellow” (UA242). Drybrushed with “Dark Sand Stone” (UA242).


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T-34 tractor (model 1944) build – Part 2:Assembly

As I wanted this to be a quick build, I built it straight out of the box – no extra photoetch. However, because they would be important items on such a vehicle, I did use the tow cable set by Eureka XXL “T-34/85 Model 1944 Factory 112” (ER-3530), which was very easy to put together. I used the Friulmodel metal tracks (ATL-09) – 72 links per side. I also got the “Unditching logs” set (Reality in Scale #35239) to add later.


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T-34 tractor (model 1944) build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

“In April 1944 the State Defence Committee decided on the creation and serial production of a tractor based on the T-34-76 tank… For the production of tractors, it was required to use the T-34 tanks coming in for major repairs with towers [turrets] and weapons unsuitable for restoration” [1]

The kit

ICM 1/35 kit [2]. I thought I was done with the ICM T-34 kits, as decent as they are. But, here was something different to complement the others I have done.

References

1. From kit text – http://www.icm.com.ua/news/656-t-34-tyagach-model-1944-soviet-recovery-machine.html
2. https://www.detailscaleview.com/2020/03/icm-35-t34-tyagach-35371-review.html