Russian BTR-80 APC
Trumpeter, No. 01594, 1/35

Short History:

The BTR-80 is a modern, lightly armored vehicle with a diesel power plant. It is manufactured at the Gorkiy Automobile Factory in Nizhniy Novgorod and has been in service since the early 1980s. The BTR-80 is a lightly armored amphibious vehicle with a collective chemical-biological-radiological (CBR) protective system. Operated by a crew of three, the vehicle can carry a squad of seven infantry troops. The BTR-80 8 x 8 armored personnel carrier is intended to carry personnel on the battlefield and provide close fire support. It can also carry out reconnaissance, combat support and patrol missions. It entered service with the Russian army in the late 1980’s and has since been used in a number of military conflicts, including UN peacekeeping operations. The vehicle is in production and in service with the Russian army and with a number of other countries.

What`s In The Box :


One of the latest models in BTR family is BTR-80, and one of the most recognizable Russian vehicles. Of course, Trumpeter added this one to their model line and offered it with fantastic details. Model is much superior then previous from Dragon (old model from `80-`90). First thing that I noticed and I was pleasantly surprised, that model is highly detailed same, from inside and outside.


Interior of a model contains drivers control table, seats for the crew, seats for extra soldiers, etc. In one word, you can make it with all hatches open (which is provided for this kit), if you like to expose it. Unfortunately, engine is not provided, so if you like to open hatches for that part too, aftermarket parts will be needed. Turret is also made very nice with complete interior. Fire control commands, main gun, chair for the operator and ammunition are included. There is no hatch made for turret so these details can be only visible if you open hatches around it or on the sides of main chassis. Pistol porc on the side of cassia can be made open or closed to, depends on your desire. There is an option to make front plate raised or lowered. Color suggestion is provided true construction, not for all parts, but it can give you a clue how to paint it. For more accurate details, some references will be welcome from books or from the net. Unfortunately, front wheels can be made only in straight position. Some surgery can be done to make it left or right, but assembly instruction or better say Trumpeter didn’t provide it to be movable. This was a problem, if I can call it like that, with all previous BTR kits. But as I said, small surgery can solve it, be careful, because lower chassis details are made very nice, not to ruin it.

The model comes in a hard box, with a standard good box art that we are used to see in recent years, when it comes from Trumpeter. All frames are packed in plastic bags. Some parts are more protected (wrapped in foam inside the poly bag).  Kit contains over  520 parts on 21 sprues in gray colored plastic, upper and lower hull, photo-etched parts, 8 black vinyl, clear styrene, clear parts, 1 length of copper wire and decal sheet.
Assembly instructions are printed in b/w and contain 17 steps on 16 pages. Instructions are easy to follow. No visible flash on the frames and a very small number of pin marks, so spending hours on sanding and filling will not be necessary.
Tires are nicely molded. Tread on wheels are very good and give very impressive look to this vehicle.

Painting & Markings:

Instructions for painting and markings are given in full colour for three vehicles in three different camouflages and markings. Colour guide is provided for: Humbrol, Model Master, Tamiya Color, Mr. Color and Vallejo. I would like to suggest AMMO of Mig colour set for Russian modern vehicles for painting this model. You can find review here: http://inscale.org/public/?p=8019
I have already used them for a few of my models, and I can highly recommend them to modellers. A.Mig made new sets, especially for Middle East and Ukraine crisis, so you check it on their web site and maybe find some painting suggestions.


Conclusion:

This is a highly detailed model that will be interesting for many modern AFV modellers. It was used and still using by countries inside Warsaw Pact, Soviet Union/ Russia, Middle East countries and rest of the world. One of the most exported APC around the world in many variants.

Highly recommended.

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