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BA-3
Soviet Armoured Car - Rail Version

 

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UM, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: UM364
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 119 dark green plastic parts on seven sprues, 12 black soft plastic tyres on two sprues, decals for three or more vehicles and a 4 page A4 instruction sheet with history, parts plan, 11 build diagrams plus 2 paint/decal drawings.
Price: USD$8.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Well moulded parts, good decals, provision for rubber tyres only, special tracks on rear bogie or railway wheels on a short length of track.
Disadvantages: No rivet detail, several decal options not mentioned in instructions and seams on rubber tyres may be hard to remove.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by
Glenn Porter


UM's 1/72 scale BA-3 Armoured Car is available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstLook

 

Last year I reviewed UM's 1/82 scale BA-6 here on Hyperscale and the comments I made for that kit are also relevant for this one. I also believe that UM have already released a standard BA-3. The difference with this kit, is it can be built as the standard vehicle or in two other configurations, for rough terrain or rail use.

For the rough terrain, there is an extra sprue with 34 track parts, 30 individual links and 4 lengths. These go around the four rear bogie tyres on each side.

If you want to build the railway version, there is another sprue with a length of railway track and four railway wheels. The rear outer bogie wheel on each side is left off and the railway wheels fit over the two front steering tyres and over the inner tyres of the rear bogie axle.

Trust the Russians to come up with something like this and trust UM to bring it to us in model form.

The rest of the kit builds the same as the BA-6 and therefore should be an interesting and detailed model.

Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 23 August, 2004
Last updated 15 November, 2005

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