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If you haven’t been to this site https://tankandafvnews.com, check it out. Has book reviews, interviews with experts on tanks and AFVs, historical documents, current news, photos, videos, etc. Today the lead article is a brief blurb with lots of photos about a M41 in Baldwin, MI.
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I enjoyed the discussion this past meeting about the T-72, and thought I’d post my brief notes from the Seminars presented by Cookie Sewell at the recent AMPS show. The notes aren’t very complete, because I assumed (I know, I know) that the presentations would be recorded and/or posted, but it turns out that may not be the case, as it was for the 2015 AMPS seminars. Anyway, here are my notes.
The T-72/T-90 PowerPoint presentation had a lot of biographical information about the conflict between different Russian designers and tank plants on what would be the best tank; I did not take any notes on that part. NOTE: If there’s any erroneous info in this post, it’s due to my misunderstanding or incorrect notes on my part (I don’t know shorthand), so don’t blame Cookie for anything that’s wrong!
Much of the info and photos were attributed to the Russian-language web site http://otvaga2004.ru/ (Warning! Going to any Russian web site may result in malware being installed on your computer – you’ve been warned!!).
Cookie briefly went over the development of the T-72 series, with photos of the main designers and how the then Minister of Defense went to great lengths to make sure his favorite design was the one fielded. I didn’t write any of that down, sorry.
Article 172M was the prototype T-72
T-72A Model 1978 “Dolly Parton”
T-72B Model 1985 “Super Dolly Parton”
T-72BV reactive armor (Kontakt-1)
T-72AV retrofitted with reactive armor Kontakt-1
T-72BM offered in 1991
T-72B2 Rogatka came out in 2008
T-72B3 “Rogataka Lite” is a cheaper version of the T-72B2
The Iraqis fielded T-72, T-72M, T-72M1 in the first Gulf War.
T-90 Model 1992 with Kontakt-5 reactive armor was an upgraded T-72. Cookie related the anecdote that the T-72 was redesignated the T-90 by order of then President Yeltsin to sell tanks that had been discredited by poor performance during the first Chechen War …
The T-90A Model 1999 had a welded turret
T-90MS “Proryv-2” turret (interesting note, Proryv can mean break-through, as in breaking through enemy lines, but it can also mean breakdown, in the mechanical sense; surely unintentional on the Russian’s part to use that word)
After some more history on the T-72 and T-90, Cookie talked about currently available model kits, starting with the worst ones. The only one I recall was the Esci version. In his opinion, the best ones available were:
Trumpeter T-72B Model 1990 1/35
Trumpeter T-90 Model 1992 1/35
Meng T-90A Model 1999 1/35 (I think this comes in two kits, one with mine plow, one without)
Zvezda T-90 MBT #3573 1/35; Cookie rated it an 8 out of 10, only 503 parts, best tracks of all the kits, and cheaper than any other manufacturer, but overall the Meng kit was the best T-90 kit, but with a lot of parts.
The T-80 presentation was separate, but many of the PP slides had the same biographical info, since many of the designers were the same players in this tank’s development. I took even less notes here, thinking that they’d be posted on the AMPS site – sorry!
He mentioned that the version used to fire on the Russian White House during the aborted coup attempt (and the one that Yeltsin climbed up on) was the T-80UD, 2nd Guards Motorized Rifle Division, bort number 395.
He briefly touched on the Black Eagle prototypes, but I don’t recall if he had any photos of that, and mentioned that they were “a disaster” when deployed to Chechnya during the first incursion.
He liked the Xact T-80U kit, XS001, and the Trumpeter T-80B and T-80BV.
Keep your fingers crossed that the AMPS folks will be able to post his presentations, which even without his anecdotes, are very interesting and informative.
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Did you find the info about the radio for your SU-76M build yet? There’s a Miniart SU-76M build article by Zaloga on Military Modeling at http://www.militarymodelling.com/news/article/a-sturdy-su/4632 where he mentions not using the kit radio, but instead built the 12-RT set using a stowage box from the kit. This web site http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/military_10rt_12_10rt_2.html has a photo of what is probably the same radio set.
You might be able to find a copy of the kit instructions at the Miniart web site which show where the radio should be mounted.
There’s also a lot of photos (with links) of SU-76Ms at the web site — the.shadock.free.fr/Surviving_SU76.pdf
Hope this helps.
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Thanks to the contributions at yesterdays club meeting we have generated enough money to completely cover the cost for the website. Many of you contributed very generously, and it is much appreciated. This allows us a continued multimedia resource for sharing and communicating for our club. I will continue to make improvements on the site and hope that you will continue use, and post as well.
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Mac, thank you for posting the 2016 AMPS show pictures !, best regards, Dan
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Nathan, thank you for posting the model pictures from the recent Regional IPMS Dayton show. Congratulations to the MCA&FS members who won awards, best regards, Dan
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