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ZSU-57-2 from Trumpeter
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Joined: April 27, 2016
KitMaker: 1 posts
Armorama: 1 posts
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 03:43 AM GMT+7
Greetings to all members of the forum.
I show you this Trumpeter kit, 1/35, which I just finished assembling:

The ZSU-57-2 used the modified T-54 chassis. It used the same engine, but the shielding was thinner and had 4 twin wheels on each side, instead of 5 T-54.
Although the cannons were powerful, the vehicle had some weak points such as the open tower with little protection for the crew, lack of radar to search for targets, low fire rate, etc.
It was used since the mid-1950s and 10 years later began to be replaced by the most effective ZSU-23-4.
The kit has a good level of detail, with good fitting of the pieces. The instructions are clear. If there is one thing to "criticize" is the excessive cannon cutting, mainly with the pointing system, where some pieces are quite small and with little support to stick them. But the result is very good. Note: the barrels go up and down, but when placing the arm that joins the pointing system to the barrels, these are fixed. There must be some way to solve this, but they are in a position that I like and it is easier for me to manipulate when I paint them.

I decided on the Russian green scheme, which gives more for wear and mess.
I used the Russian green AK base, previously paneled. The painting covered very well with a couple of passes of the airbrush, leaving a very even surface.
I'll leave you a couple of photos, before I move on to the final stage of painting.

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Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 06, 2011
KitMaker: 3,621 posts
Armorama: 2,746 posts
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 03:58 AM GMT+7
Looks great, I am currently working on the Takom kit. But I must say I like how Trumpeter dealt with the ammo racks much better.

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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: July 21, 2007
KitMaker: 328 posts
Armorama: 325 posts
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 08:21 PM GMT+7
Very nice indeed, thanks for sharing. It seems to be building up into a very nice model. Even though the open top is definitely a weak point (coming together with an extremely thight crew space there, which seems to be a common feature on Cold War Russian tanks -> thinking about the claustrophobic T-72) it brings some very nice life to the model and is definitely one of the hightlights on it to watch for a while.