Friday, November 22, 2013

1/72 SKOT 1 (OT-64) APC - ARMO Jadar - Workbench Part 2

Time for an update - let's see what can be fixed on SKOT model. Since there is no photo etched set for this kit, all upgrades have to be done from scratch.
Let's start from hatches. The kits has all the hatches in closed position.
1/72 SKOT 1 - Armo - closed hatches
I decided to open crew's hatches, since I planned to add figures of driver & commander. I gently cut off existing hatches, using razor saw, and drilled out corresponding holes.
1/72 SKOT 1 - Armo - opened hatches

Monday, November 18, 2013

1/72 SKOT 1 (OT-64) APC - ARMO Jadar - Workbench Part 1

Time for less known and seen vehicle... The OT-64 SKOT is an amphibious armored personnel carrier (8x8), developed jointly by Poland and Czechoslovakia. The first prototype was built in 1959. OT-64 SKOT entered service with Polish and Czechoslovak armies in 1963. It was produced until early 1970s.
SKOT was also exported to Algeria, Cambodia, India, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Uganda and Uruguay. The total number of vehicles produced in different variants came up to 4,500. List of all variants can be found HERE

SKOT-1 model kit from ARMO Jadar (72006) represents earliest, unarmed variant made for Polish Army.  It had crew of two (driver & commander) and could transport up to sixteen soldiers.
1/72 SKOT  1 - Armo - box

Model kit is made exclusively from resin, without any photo etched parts. Instructions sheet is very simplified, so I just skipped it here.  
1/72 SKOT  1 - Armo - parts