UM, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||UM 339 BT-42|
||118 cleanly moulded, dark
green plastic parts on four sprues, 10 PE parts on one fret,
decals for four or more vehicles and 4 page fold-out A4
instructions with history, parts plan, 8 assembly diagrams and
paint/decal drawings for three vehicles.|
USD$8.96 online from Squadron
||Highly detailed, link and
length tracks and interesting subject.|
||As with most UM kits, this
kit tend to be over-engineered.|
||Highly recommended to
1/72 scale BT-42 is available
online from Squadron.com
The BT-42 was a Finnish adaptation of captured Russian BT-7 tanks to
an Assault Tank by using a British 114mm howitzer in a rebuilt tall
turret. There were about 18 built.
The kit uses the hull parts from the earlier BT-7 kit and a new
sprue for the turret. As is usual for UM kits, the sprues in dark
green are beautifully moulded with no hint of flash and sink and
ejector pin marks only where they can't be seen. Almost all surfaces
of the lower hull are separate parts giving plenty of opportunity
for misalignment hence my over-engineered remark in the summary.
Unlike earlier UM kits, the road wheels have no separate soft rubber
tyres and are all in one piece. Although the hull hatch can be
mounted open the turret hatch is moulded closed but wouldn't be a
major problem to open.
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
The PE doesn’t look over done although there is a
bit of rolling to do but that shouldn't cause a problem for any-one
with PE experience.
Decals look like they may have a small misalignment problem with the
blue and white of the Finnish markings. There are also several
decals on the sheet which are not on the instructions and I think
this is a pity as some of those decals look interesting.
The instructions also don't tell you where, when and by whom these
tanks are operated, however, I think I can live with that.
This kit looks to me like a very interesting build of an equally
interesting vehicle especially in the Finnish three colour scheme
mentioned in the instructions.
Highly recommended to all experienced modellers.
Squadron for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
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