Building the Zvezda BMP-2 #3554 1/35 scale

by Ramón Segarra © Modeler Site

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The BMP-2 is a Soviet/Russian infantry fighting vehicle, its design belongs to the 70s and was introduced at the beginning of the 80s. BMP stands for Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty (Infantry fighting vehicle). It was developed to replace the BMP-1. The Zvezda model kit #3554 needs a lot of work to improve its details, since it’s poor and with several parts of the vehicle that don’t come represented.



Although several parts have good fit, others, such as the skirts need to be properly modified to allow a neat installation. These have a protrusion on the lower area that should have to appear only in the upper part and sides; so I had to remove it, because apart from being inaccurate, interfered with the running gear.

The tracks are mixed, provided in sections and link by link, assembling is laborious.


To improve the model, I used the Eduard #35560 set that improves clearly the kit, especially the visors and light guards, as well as the grilles, smoke dischargers and other components.



The 30mm 2A42 cannon supplied with the kit is very elemental so I replaced it with a turned one from RB, #35B87.



The new cannon gave the model a more realistic look, since it’s a very visible and typical part of the vehicle. I had to make several modifications to be able to adapt the new aluminium barrel.

The kit doesn’t comprise a lot of parts, and the assembly would have gone straightforward if I would not have to add the etched parts and other accessories.


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