Building the Trumpeter BTM 3 (high speed trench digging vehicle) #09502 1/35 scale
by Pablo Raggi © Modeler Site
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The BTM is a specialized vehicle of the engineering
corps, based on the ATT artillery tractor, which in turn was built over the T-54
hull tank, using the cabin of the ZIS-150 truck. Not only did the BTM derive
from this project, but there were at least 4 other designs, all for a specific
use, including a version for Antarctic exploration.
Trumpeter chose to offer two kits representing only two variants of the series, the ATT and the BTM, having announced the P-40 radar model for later.
The trumpeter kit is recent, it comes in a fairly large box considering the final model size, and for those who have some experience in buying boxes, that means A LOT OF parts.
Let's be clear, the model is really very good and represents the real vehicle very well. However, it’s not a kit for a newcomer to this wonderful hobby. It has about 800 parts, therefore planning the assembly correctly, which almost always means NOT following the instructions, is the key to success, and you should try to avoid dispersing with other things so that it does not become a " shelf queen”
Kit construction was planned in three stages: chassis, lifting system and digging wheel. In this way it’s easier not to make mistakes and I think it’s the key at the time of painting.
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