Ok so saw that via Flea-Bay these were available overseas, and ordered one. Seller was in Lithuania, and the cost was $44 delivered, and the best part? Only took 8 days to get here! At the same time, I have the venerable Tamiya T-62 in the stash as well (I am holding that for another build later this year….hopefully) so as I roll along in my abysmally slow build rate, I be making some comparisons, which I think is perfectly natural.
Zvezda has done an excellent job of packaging, with a colorful outer sleeve and a tray-top type brown cardboard. So upon opening I found that the sprues were in two large bags:
And first thing I noticed is a nod to Zvezda, the kit has link & length tracks
The instruction take you to the turret first (a nice break in the standard format) and here you can see an obvious difference between the new & old. Although the Zvezda had better detail, the turret had basically no cast texture to it. Some Mr. Surfacer 500 will take care of that I’m sure.
Another item that shows the totally different approach is the shroud at the barrel mantlet. On the Tamiya it is one neat little part
Compared to the four parts to make this for the Zvezda. Although I think the Zvezda detail will be there, I think getting those four parts built up and on there is going to be a minor pain, not to Tamiya on this one.
Here we are “aboot” 2+ hours into the start, the turret is fairly well along. All the parts fit REALLY well, and there was no flash at all. Some of the parts are small and fiddly, but overall not bad, and the detail is better overall than the Tamiya, but you’ve heard my only other super-minor gripe regarding texture. (Note that the grab handles are left off until after the Mr. Surfacer is added)
Two other final items of note are that the plastic used by Zvezda is rather hard. Drilling those grab handle holes took some effort, and as you can see, one of the excellent cable sets was broken upon arrival, though it should be a simple fix
Lastly a neat little to nod to Zvezda would be the addition of multiple parts to build a tarp curved to fit the rear of the turret. It will make a nice little accessory indeed!
So that was all the old man had time for today, Going to be working 6 day weeks the next several weeks, so time will be limited, but I am hoping to have it ready for paint once the temps warm up a bit. I already have in mind a Krazy-Kamo-Kolor in mind for this! Will post more soon I hope, and thanks fer-lookin’!!!