Russian Armoured Personnel Carrier
ICM, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r
Catalogue Number and Description
Contents and Media:
||114 parts on
two sprues [upper and lower hulls separate], in white injection
moulded plastic, 16 parts [tyres] in black IM plastic, decals for
three vehicles and 2 A4 double sided instruction sheets with parts
plan, build diagrams and paint/decal drawings but no history.
count, incredible detail and very fine moulding.
parts broken in transit
especially to Russian armour enthusiasts.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
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Some months ago, I did a
review of ICM's BTR-60PB in 1/72 scale,
which is very similar to this release except this one doesn't have the
turret and has an open roof and therefore more interior detail.
If you go back and look at that review, you will
notice that I was very impressed with the level of detail and fineness
of the moulding to the point that some of the finer parts had broken in
transit. The moulded detail is very crisp and no flash is evident
anywhere on these sprues. Things like hand rails and the like are
actually moulded to scale, something I've never seen before in any
plastic kit. There is no breakages in this kit but I guess that is just
a matter of luck. The broken parts in the other kit looked like they
wouldn't be hard to repair so I don't think it is a major problem. I
cant wait to see how the proposed Triple Two Armoured Cars come out.
The eight tyres are moulded in two halves in black plastic with separate
hubs in white. I don't really like the use of Black and white plastic as
it makes it much harder to see the detail, however, as everything will
be painted, this doesn't matter much.
Decals cover three vehicles although only two are mentioned in the
instructions. The third one, I'm not sure of the country of origin, I
think may be Greek. However the decals are nicely printed and in
register and look very usable.
The bilingual instructions have five very clear build diagrams and the
parts plan shows some parts shaded to indicate these are not to be used.
Paint/decal drawings shows two Soviet vehicles, one Marines and one Army
Motorised infantry Guards both from the late sixties, early seventies.
In summary, I think this will be a very satisfying
model to build, although not for the beginner, as those fine parts will
require careful handling.
ICM for the review sample
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