Riding the Russian Rails

Ordered these at the end of last year…a final fling I thought, acquiring some models that I had thought were uber-cool since first discovering paper modelling…

As they say, a watched package never moves, and this one sat somewhere between Frankfurt and Auckland for 2 1/2 months; even though it was scanned into NZPost’s system, they were totally unhelpful providing any advice on whether it might be lost or not…so I stopped checking its progress…

Three cannon, four hull MGs and, the jack in the box between the ‘bridge’ and the second turret, one of those cool quad Maxims that the Soviets so loved…

…and detailed albeit complex instructions…

Ever since it was first released, I always thought this would look great on air skirts and cruising across the permafrost like a Hammer’s Slammers…the description (translated from Polish) says this was motorised but there’s no sign of an engine or exhaust – no even a heater! – so I think it’s an armoured car intended for attachment to a larger train…

Again quite detailed and complex instructions…

A real beast…

Big but not very powerful, the curse of super-heavy tanks, this is WW1 Germany’s precursor to the Maus. About 51cm long in 1/25…

Great cover art but the actual part colours are very basic and primary with none of the weathering implied in the art…

Very basic instructions, this is most of them aside from some text (in Polish) and some minor (unhelpful) diagrams for the tracks and hull details…

Contemplating downscaling to 1/35 for better access to detail parts…but big is just so, well….big…

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