I will try to make a tractor for towing that the Soviet army used during World War II. It is a Vulcan Scale Models kit. This kit was released a long time ago, so I think there is almost no distribution in Japan. They seem to continue small-scale activities, so they sometimes reproduce British artillery.
The parts fit reasonably well, and there are subtle areas where it’s better not to move until the glue is completely stuck. I think it’s easier to assemble than the British light tank I made before.
I followed the direction of the track according to the assembly manual, and I checked the actual photos, so I think it is correct. This process brings back trauma from making a mistake of the German tank in the past.
If I take a close look at the parts that include the driver’s compartment, I can see that the driver’s seat and the passenger’s seat are surrounded by a metal enclosure, including the roof, but also the engine cover parts. The arrangement of the seats is quite different from a truck with a long bonnet that I am familiar with.
In a car like this truck, I have to think about the paint inside the driver’s seat. Masking is done from both the front and back. I still have to mask the glass windows of the doors on both sides. That’s quite a lot.
The driver’s seat of the truck has been assembled several times in the past, and it is usually like this. Because the inside must also be painted, the painting process must be inserted before the assembly is completed. Actually, I don’t really like this kind of thing.
Now the Russian military’s artillery tractor is complete. In the 1930s, the world was moving towards motorization, and so was the Soviet Union. In order to mechanize a large farm, tractors that require uneven ground running performance had been developed and improved.
The Soviet Army emphasized the use of artillery forces, and the need for mechanization led to the use of agricultural tractors as the base for artillery traction. The all-track-type vehicles seemed to match the vast undeveloped land of the Soviet Union.
The STZ-5 was manufactured in a tractor factory in Stalingrad but was stopped after the German invasion in August 1942. The total production is about 10,000 cars. Tractor factory is a familiar location for WWII FPS games.
I am not so sure about the slogan, but I think it is “Kill the fascist!”. It’s natural to think so because it’s an ammunition transport tractor. It was disappointing that this decal was too hard to stick on rough wood grain molds. Even if I think I can draw with a brush like this, it is unexpectedly difficult.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build them little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see me here occasionally.