Monday, May 20, 2024

Z (40) BMD-4M (Russia)

After a few false departures, with the successive failures of the BMD-3 et the initial BMD-4, it was not until 2015 that the BMD-4M, an Infantry Fighting Vehicle specifically intended for the airborne forces (VDV), officially entered service with the Russian army. Successors of the still in service BMD-2 of the 80s, the BMD-4M is a versatile light weight vehicle using aluminum alloy for its hull and capable of parachuting from aircraft with the entire crew and passengers inside it. The unification of 80% of its components withe BMP-3 family made it possible to drastically reduce the maintenance charge of the vehicle. Like the BMP-3, it is armed with a 100 mm gun coupled with a 30 mm autocannon and a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. The BMD-4M feature and advanced computerized fire control system equipped with thermal imaging. It has a crew of three and can transport 5 passengers. It has seen extensive use with the VDV in the Russo-Ukranian War alongside the new APC BTR-MDM and the old BMD-2 vehicles family.

The 3D printed kit is from Turbo Studio from China and is a very nice one. The crew is from unknown Chinese origin.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Z (39) BMPT "Terminator"

The BMPT "Terminator" is an armoured fighting vehicle developed by Russia on the T-72 chassis following the Soviet-Afghan War et First Chechen War experiences. Heavily armed and armored it is designed for supporting tanks and other AFVs mainly in urban areas. The BMPT is armed with four Ataka missile launchers, two 30mm auto cannons, two grenade launchers and one coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. He is equipped with a modern computerised fire-control system that include thermal sight. The basic armor is reinforced with 3rd generation Relikt ERA on the front and both sides of hull and turret and with slat armor one the rear. Entered in service in 2018, the number of BMPT in the Russian Army is still very low (no more than a dozen in service) but enjoy a big media coverage of it's use in the Russo-Ukrainian conflict.

The kit is from Zvezda and, while a good one, it sported the early turret style that is here replaced by the updated version from the Best Resins conversion.