Here is my simple, unambitious model of the Russian T-40, using the nice S-Models kit. Most of the changes/detail additions are evident from the photos – I still have to make the headlights and add a few other details. I wanted to improve the moulded-on look of the tools on the trackguards and the rather solid-looking air intake: I’m not sure that the EB screening that I used for the latter is quite right, but it was the best that I had to hand. In contrast, I’m quietly satisfied with the way that the scratchbuilt 12.7mm DShK MG turned out.
The track teeth are the usual S-Models ‘ridges’, but are particularly prominent on this kit. I improved the look of the lower track run by removing the short sections between each roadwheel, cutting/filing the gap in which the roadwheel would run and then cementing the section back in place. The part will retain adequate strength if you only remove one section at a time and use plenty of liquid cement when replacing it. It’s also important to guillotine the section out with a craft knife: a saw will remove material, even if only a small amount. Not much else to say about the build, but at least it has the right number of roadwheels…