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Revell Russian BTR Model Kit

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This is a Revell Russian BTR military kit, in 1:35 scale.

I thought this looked like a cool vehicle to build, the 8 wheels especially appealed to me. The entire vehicle reminds me a bit of the old Landmaster from Damnation Alley.

I looked at a bunch of images online of various BTRs, there seems to be a whole scope of possible colors and paint schemes. At this point, starting out, I think it will be a dark green base. I thought that would best befit the thick north forests of Russia.

The molding is very crisp. At first glance there are not a lot of parts. Meaning, a lot of individual pieces are repeated, such as 8 rims, 8 tires, 16 suspension a-arms, etc. For a few minutes this can seem tedious during assembly.

There is no interior. I would have liked engine detail, I think leaving some rear maintenance hatches open would have been nice, maybe to work in some figures to make a scene, or add extra details.


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On the bottom of the kit, there was a circular hole with a mesh patter molded in. The mesh holes were a fair large size, I didn't think that would be hard to replicate.

Using my dremel, hobby knife, and sand paper, I opened up the hole.


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Once I cut the mesh (actual real 1:1 window screen material), I used masking tape to hold and position it. I then used zap-a-gap glue.

I don't know what the hole or mesh is really for on a real BTR, but it's positioned under the engine. My guess, it allows for oil and diesel leaks to drip out the bottom.



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With this done, I painted the interior a flat black. Just in case anyone could see the (missing) interior through any open hatches or openings, I didn't want any green to show.



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