Yes some times something of simple…
but not boring…
Trumpeter kit ? So far so good
yes it’s a Trumpeter
Nice work! I just sprayed mine with black primer. I also did the same as you and replaced all the handrails & hooks with metal. Great idea using tubing for the hoses. I heated my parts so they conformed better. Are those the aftermarket Trumpeter tracks? I was thinking about getting them but they don’t have the rubber pads and they cost more than the kit.
tracks is Trumpeteer made… from the box
Looks great. It that crew storage bins hanging off the rear?
Those boxes are for equipment/tools belonging to the tank. Internal storage is practically non-existent.
You enter other tanks through hatches, a Strv S is different since it isn’t ‘entering’, rather more like ‘wearing’. Getting into one of the three positions is more like pulling on loose fitting coveralls.
A Strv S is not designed for camping inside or under, the crew lives in tents carried on trucks or possibly APC’s. The Swedish armed forces at that time were organised to fight an aggressive-defensive battle on our own turf. Attack only to take back our own territory from an invader, not to conquer or invade another country so the need to live in/on/under the tanks was not issue.
Always liked this tank. Just wish there were a better kit of it. Nice winter camo. You did it justice.
But where did the bulldozer blade go?
When stowed, it is under the hull front. However, it was often left in barracks due to the extra weight on the nose. Also, in winter exercises, leaving it in the camp helps reducing build-up of snow unter the front. You only have to unlock four bolts to get rid of it and due to the fact that the running gear can be tilted to the front, you can pick it up without help by a crane in minutes. I will try to add some pictures here over the weekend from my Strv103C model here which is also in winter camouflage. This one is also without a blade. From my opinion, this is the most likely exercise configuration.
I was just wondering because the first pictures were of a s tank with a dozerblade… and the finished model was without…
Hi! You are right, I also noticed that. When you look closely (and know about the blade mechanism), you will notice that the blade struts were not fitted, so it was only hanging down from the upper towing eyes. So it was not fitted properly, however the running gear is in the position to drive with a deployed blade. So, maybe a change of mind…
Aha, so that’s why the tank is leaning backwards…
The Strv S can lean forwards/backwards as it likes. The gun is aimed in elevation by tilting the whole tank. Being able to almost poke the gun into the ground might seem strange
until you see one of them creeping up behind a reverse slope with only the gun and sights visible behind the grass.
To make it easier to mount/dismount they were sometimes parked like this, just walk straight up the slope. Lifting the rear end makes it easier to load the magazines for the autoloader
thanks for the extra information you wanted to share with me! soon Sweden Leopard 2
We will be looking forward to the Leo 2 (Strv 122)
What a cool looking tank. Might bust out the trumpeter kit lol