Zvezda T-26

 Here's the 1:100 scale (15mm) T-26 WWII Soviet light tank,a snap-together kit by Zvezda.

Russian tanks in disruptive camouflage patterns were rare until the latter years of the war, but this colour scheme was actually formally adopted in 1939, two years before Operation Barbarossa began. It's very similar to that adopted by the Germans from 1943, and it's possibly not entirely coincidental that they adopted it after encountering it in Russia.

This is a very simple kit of only five parts, and it literally takes just a few minutes to put together. Then it takes me considerably longer to replace the post-&-hole turret mounting with a pair of magnets so that I can rotate the turret easily — the original mounting is very stiff.








Fiat 3000

I put together a 3d model of the Italian Fiat 3000 of 1920-21, their version of the ubiquitous Renault FT. It's available on Shapewa...