Yet again, a big conversion of an Aoshima (ex Gunze Sangyo) inventory PA-36 kit. This a single has no OAV paradigm (substantially like the former “Guntos” conversion), it is somewhat the interpretation of an notion on the basis of a Dorvack Driven Armor.
This time, the notion was “Russian fight tank”, with the two modern day and historic aspects. Yet another, independent notion was to use a brown color plan to a PA – and at last, the two came jointly in this kit.
The inspiration for a Russian edition came originally when I saw MiG Production’s KV-X2 resin kit of a fictional 4-legged tank which carries a modified KV-2 tank turret on leading. This thing appeared steampunk, but blunt. And “ground pressure” of “ballistic window” clearly experienced not been something the designer(s) experienced ever listened to of. But… what if a Dorvack PA would accompany it?
Also, I was studying a really fascinating e-book about modern day fight tanks, ‘Kampfpanzer – heute und morgen’, composed by Rolf Hilmes in 2007 – it will in all probability under no circumstances be printed in any other language than German… It presented a lot of state-of-the artwork photograph content and also technical info, as very well as insights into structure philosophies of modern day army beat motor vehicles around the earth.
The remaining inspirational spark lured at last in my rest room! A person early morning, even though pondering about these strategies, I applied my deo, and… saw the strains and varieties of the can’s spray head! *BINGO*! This kind would be a excellent addition to a essential PA-36 kit, shifting its helmet strains into a substantially bulkier structure. For that reason, the ‘PA-36S’ (the ‘S’ suffix was influenced by the famous Russian WWII shtormovik ground assault planes) undertaking was born. And its name would also match: “Nove горбун”, or “gorbach”, which suggests “hunchback” in Russian language – also a reminiscence, to the Ilyushin Il-twenty ground assault aircraft prototype.
Perform began swiftly. The spray head from the can was incredibly uncomplicated to transplant, even nevertheless big putty work was needed to make the strains flush. The spray head’s plastic was also a little bit waxy (I suppose it is PVC), but with super glue and the assist of Tamiya putty, all the things held jointly. Remarkably, the areas fitted very well, and the outcome appears to be truly Great and very distinctive from the spherical normal PA structure – but nevertheless steady.
From there, I incorporated a lot of Russian tank structure aspects. Because Russian fight tanks are mainly made for assault/demand attacks, I determined that the front would require additional safety. The new bulky head presently implies this, but as an extra evaluate I utilized reactive armour plating on the higher physique and the front areas, where ever doable/plausible and where it would not hamper mobility – maintaining the search in line with the Russian KONTAKT process.
The needed explosive plates were being cut from 1mm polystyrol plates, glued on to the hull, sanded with a brass brush on a mini drill in buy to obtain a softer and irregular search, and at last the bolts were being manually extra with tiny tips of casein glue.
Additional modifications consist of customized knee caps/protectors. These are areas from a plundered Gundam Infinite Waltz “Serpent Custom” kit in one:144 scale, tailored to their new place and embedded with putty. From the similar kit also come the shoulder shields – also modified, dented and place on extenders on the higher arms, so that there is home among them and the arm. The notion guiding them is to present extra safety from hollow explosive prices for the hull, esp. the shoulder and air intake spot. These new shields in fact experienced to be extra, since the primary horizontal shoulder shields in front of the jet pack’s air intakes could not be fitted any longer – the air intakes were being replaced by scrap areas from an Airfix Kamov Ka-twenty five helicopter in one:seventy two. This helicopter kit also donated two searchlights, which were being extra on the PA’s front hull.
Also, a lot of tiny facts were being transformed or extra. Initially of all, a new visor unit with three lenses was implanted in the front with a protective frame. These areas come from a PAM-74AM’s hand weapon, and they give the PA-36S rather a grunty retro search. On the PA’s leading, the standard hump on the left side was replaced by a more substantial/longer piece (a one:48 scale WWII bomb fifty percent). On the back, a warmth exchanger (for these cold Russian nights…) was positioned and surrounded by reactive armour plates. If I recall effectively, this element comes from the terrible one:seventy two ‘Aliens’ Dropship kit from Halcyon and was modified. The PA-36’s standard pipelines on the right shoulder were being replaced with a lot more rustic, self-created items. These hoses are in fact created from Xmas tree decoration: great steel coils, which were being fitted on to a steel thread and then cut and bent into condition.
The feet also obtained some tuning, creating them broader in buy to boost the PA’s weight distribution in the industry and present improved hold. These areas come from an ESCI one:seventy two Jagdpanzer IV kit (keep track of and side skirt areas).
For energetic defensive steps, I extra an IR decoy device on a pole on the PA’s back. This thing appears to be equivalent to the current Russian ARENA radar defence system’s sensor growth. Also, on the PA’s helmet sides and on the back, tiny laser detectors were being extra, influenced by the equivalent genuine Russian SCHTORA (russ. Штора, “curtain”) process. In circumstance of enemy detection and laser designation, the process will trigger IR smoke dischargers (on the PA, 4 smoke mortars are positioned on the left shoulder – areas from an Arii one:one hundred Super Valkyrie) for crisis defence.
For armament, I settled for the normal R6 gun which comes with the inventory kit, but also modified it for a beefier search. Whilst the basis was kept, a quick barrel extension was extra and a nozzle brake (from a PAM-74C “Dunc” kit) place in the front. The notion was to generate a gun with a smaller calibre, which would not only hearth “slow” HE ammunition (which I suppose the R6 cannon makes use of – it appears to be like a mortar or howitzer), but quicker AP shells. The extraordinary nozzle crack is intended to catch the more powerful recoil of this distinctive weapon notion, and it appears to be fantastic )
On the blank (an unpleasant!) back of the gun, some technical areas were being extra which “simulate” recoil and gasoline force compensators. The large, generally vacant box on leading of the gun (A visor unit? A digicam? A bread basket?) obtained three lenses which double the PA’s new three-lobed visor unit. Finally, a established of adaptable, cloth-covered cables connects the gun with an adapter box on the PA’s breast (the primary PA-36 has a tiny flap below its visor for this intent). This gun then obtained my private designation R6M, “M” for modified , an genuine Russian suffix.
From the starting, this PA conversion was to be painted in a one colour. Because all-inexperienced PA’s often show up in the Television set collection (see e. g. episode 14 & 16) and will definitively display up in my assortment, I settled on brown. Yet another aspect was the background photograph (see above), which experienced substantially influence on the kit’s complete. And at last, since I have viewed many photos of all-brown/dim sand Russian WWII tanks, the one brown colour seemed to be plausible. Mmm… brown. Or much better: коричневый цвет!
The essential all round tone is Tamiya’s XF-64 “Red Brown”, all over the place. Some facts like the inside of of the visor unit were being painted with Testor’s 2002 “Burnt Umber” from the figure colour collection for additional distinction. The joints obtained a combine of Gold (Testors 1144), a little bit gun steel (Humbrol 53) and Burnt Umber.
Soon after a 1st change of dry portray with Humbrol 186 and 118, decals were being utilized. Figures and unit markings come from a one:35 scale WWII Russian tank sheet from German decal expert Peddinghaus. The a lot of light gray Russian labels come from the broad decal sheet of Italieri/Testor’s MiG-37 “Ferret B” kit in one:seventy two scale, and standard Dorvack markings come from the primary PA-36 and a PAM-74 decal sheet. Unfortunately,. Most of them disappeared below the remaining coat of snow…
“Nose art” on the Hd-R6M gun consists of a hand-composed “плохая новость”, which basically suggests “Bad news”. What else to be expecting from this tank on legs? But this, also, sad to say disappeared below the snow.
Soon after a matte varnish coat the kit obtained a comprehensive black ink wash in buy to point out the reactive armour plating. Then, many turns with dry paint, like hemp, gulf war sand, light gray, sand and chocolate (Humbrol 168, 187, 64, 63 and ninety eight, respectively) were being utilized to point out the a lot of area facts. Some dents and blank edges were being extra with dry-brushed silver, but sparsely. Also, some smoke was simulated with black and dim gray paint (Humbrol 33 and 32), and as a remaining action some rust and oil was simulated with water-based acrylic paint in burnt umbra and sienna.
In buy to enrich the heavy obligation effect (and remind of harsh problems this piece may encounter), the PA at last obtained a mud procedure around its legs. Plaster, blended with grass filament, great sand and water-based mixing colour, was organized in a shallow bowl and the kit’s feet basically stumped into this synthetic sludge – leaving the mud and splashes where ever they may close up.
From above, the kit then obtained a coat or light snow, created from coloured joint mortar (white, plaster is also grayish!), rinsed through a great mesh on to the kit which was sprayed with water.
Finally, I have to say that this kit was an fascinating practical experience. On a single side, it absolutely was basic enjoyable to change these kinds of a kit into a thing really distinctive, viewing a imprecise notion having condition. But on the other side, this undertaking also has the a lot more or a lot less major claim to include real looking defence technological know-how – and even though constructing the kit, I grew to become informed how difficult it in fact is to assemble and shield a thing like a tank from a variety of battlefield risks, and how naïve mecha can come alongside.
Posted by dizzyfugu on 2009-12-05 13:01:12
Tagged: , Dorvack , driven , armor , anime , product , kit , big , robot , beat , fit , scratch-constructed , Nove , PA-36 , R6 , canon , conversion , brown , reactive armour , T-34 , T-55 , T-seventy two , T-80 , T-ninety , Russia , hunchback , camouflage , winter season , snow , tarnanstrich , tarnung , schnee , SF3D , Ma.K , Maschinenkrieger , dizzyfugu , modellbau , Tokusou , Kihei , Makoto , Kobayashi , Tokusō , Dorubākku , steampunk , retro , gorbach , koboyashi