BT-5 how-to....?May 16 2012 at 8:55 AM
|Peter Rathgeb (Login Rathgeb)|
from IP address 188.8.131.52
Since I would like to build a reasonably accurate BT-5 tank, I was looking for the Rhino Models conversion kit for the Tamiya BT-7 kit. Now Greg Harker told me that this conversion was more or less a copy of the Italeri BT-5 upper hull.
- Can anyone let me know what would be the best way to build a BT-5?
- What are the main inaccuracies of the existing kit(s)?
- Would the Tamiya BT-7 kit be of any help?
Turret, wheels and tracks do not bother me, for the time being, since I ordered a Komplek Zip BT-5 Mariopol turret, as well as aftermarket BT-2/BT-5 wheels and BT-2/BT-5 tracks. So my main concern is the hull.
Thanks for you help, cheers,
(PS: Visit my Soviet tank photo galleries - for the moment containing only BT tank and T-26 photos - at: rathgeb.smugmug.com)
A lot of work...
|May 16 2012, 1:31 PM |
According to the plans in Mil.Mod from 1994, the hull is too long, causing a weird wheel spacing. The Rhino is an upgraded copy of Zvezda and sitll have the incorrect wheel spacing. I'ii try to put some photos of my project... Oh, the bt-7 from Tamiya is only good for the turret; the rest is quite different.
|May 16 2012, 2:12 PM |
... that's a pity. So I think I will have to wait until Tamiya makes a BT-5. Or maybe someone will make one in Resin.
btw: the marioupol turret...
|May 16 2012, 1:42 PM |
Is from Oruzhejnik (sorry) or from Komplekt Zil? I,ve searched in Soga Miniatures web site and found one un the former brand, but not in Komplekt Zil... How is it? I have the Komplekt Zil bt-5 wheels and are wonderful, and also the tracks from Masterclub, fully workable and true to scale but a nightmare to build... but i did not know that there was a turret! I have one from a german brand that I can not remember now and is chunk of resin and I am a little scared of the quality of MR Modellbau...
You are right.
|May 16 2012, 2:10 PM |
You are right, Antonio - the turret is from Oruzhejnik. I bought a couple of Komplekt Zip items from Soga, so I got it wrong.
I have not yet received the turret, but from the photos on the Soga website it looks wonderful.
|May 17 2012, 4:04 AM |
Tamiya BT-7 kit would get you started rather well. The hull nose would be the most demanding task to build (Zvezda B-5 does not help for an accurate BT-5). And you do get easy/good tracks and driving wheels...
Re: BT-5 how-to....?
|May 20 2012, 3:10 AM |
I built a BT-5 using Rhino hull & Tamiya turret, scratch-built & aftermarket stuff in 2011 (WIP pics were posted on Contructive comments subforum). In my opinion Rhino is NOT a copy of old Zvezda's kit. However it suffers from several issues, such as wheel distance, rear mudguards, poor air-intake grill and minor stuff.
I used one of ZiP's wheel set, but had to replace the bolt heads with smaller ones.