I have started on a dio about the Ukraine war showing the valiant Tractor BDE “recovering” a Russian BMP-2. So far, I have the tractor detailed and reworked to fix some of its issues since it is a 1/32 Ertl die-cast and plastic piece.
I took it apart and began improving it. First, I cut open the door so you could see inside. I also replaced the oversized steering wheel with one from the spares box. Next, I painted the floor and seats black and the rest of the interior parts a sand color, including the inside of the window frames since the “glass” is one piece and you could see the green paint from the outside. I then detail painted the dash and controls on the sides of the seat and added a few warning placard decals.
On the outside, I cut off the rubbery exhaust pipe end and replaced it with a piece of hollow plastic tubing. I then cut off the out of scale handle on the rear attachments and drilled out the ends to better represent the attachment points. I drilled a vertical hole through the rear parts for a tow point. I will insert a pin in it later. I also removed the orange beacons and replaced them with a couple clear ones that I painted orange. They are slightly better. I added the mirrors from a 1/32 die-cast truck and scratched the grab handles on each side. I also painted the whole frame flat black as it was weird, glossy dark grey color. Lastly, I painted the clear lights and the red/white tail lights. I also copied a Ukrainian license plate and printed it out, then added it to the rear.
Here is is so far.
Next up is some weathering then getting started on the Trumpeter BMP-2 w/interior.
Wouldn’t the driver be expressing himself in Ukrainian?
I know that very many of them do speak Russian but given the situation in general I personally think that the Ukrainian version of the same interjection would be more appropriate:
Поцілуй мене в дупу!
Sometimes an insult stings a little more when delivered to you in your own language. That’s why I’ve known this one since my time in Berlin. My crew and I used to wear it on T-shirts.
Aside from that, the German equivalent of what you posted always seemed a little weak to me: Du kannst mich mal… Hell, they don’t even finish the phrase. That’s like saying You can…
I can what? Go out with your sister? Take a hike? German swearing in general always lacked a bit of punch. Verfluchten. Really. That’s all you got?
I think every German knows exactly what the speaker means when they
say Du kannst mich mal … Using Du is a minor insult as such since Sie
is the proper way of addressing someone you are not on familiar terms with
or the addressed person is not a child. High school and up is always Sie.
Sie können mich mal … is for everyone not addressable as Du.
I have been working on the abandoned BMP-2, but didn’t take many in-progress shots. Here it is with the interior mostly complete.
It is pretty much out of the box. I added a few extra pieces such as a fuel can, a few ammo cans and a blanket to give it the lived-in look. I also added the fire extinguishers, a few boxes and bags up front, axe, tree saw, and three missile reload tubes for the 9M113 Konkurs ATGM. Lastly, I added a few hoses to dress it up.
The turret needed a lot of work. Trumpeter greatly simplified it. I fixed some of it, but it could use a lot more work. First, I added the half-circular ammo locker across the back of the turret that Trumpeter missed. I built it out of sheet styrene and added ribs on top. I also repositioned the control handles from the floor (basically) where Trumpeter had them to in front of the gunner and raised up the gunner’s sight so it is in front of him as opposed to at his knees.
The upper hull interior. I added a couple cables that will go out to the doors.
That doesn’t really matter Gino. Adding those little bits adds something to that area, helps fill a void and gives the appearance of a piece of kit that should be there. Small details can be equally good details…