As promised back in this post - following my purchase and completeion of the "Flap Lid" Radar TEL I decided to buy a Missile TEL as well.
So I went back to the previous ebay seller and picked up this:
This is a photo of the various sections glued together:
As you can see you get a fair amount of stuff in the box - including 4 missiles - which you will never see as they are inside the missile tubes. I didn't glue all the missile tubes to the erector arm so I could paint them more easily. Whilst trying to work out what was what I had a bit of a look here on the AusAirpower website and discovered a little bit more about the Grumble B.
First up - there are 2 different types of Missile TELs. A master or "smart" TEL called the 5P85S which looks like this:
You'll note it is easily recognisable by the large compartment immediately behind the drivers cabin.
The other variant is the 5P85D - which is a "dumb" TEL and it looks like this:
You'll not the compartment behind the driver cabin is open here. Both of these photos have been used without the permission of the excellent (as I keep saying) AusAirpower website.
At that point I decided to build the "smart" TEL.
Further study on the Aus Airpower site lead me to this diagram:
Which shows how a whole battery of SA-10B's operates. Somewhat to my dismay it also shows the missile TELs operate in groups of three - 1 "smart" TEL and 2 "dumb" TELs operating close together.
So... what to do. The whole idea behind buying these kits - apart from a bit of cheap fun - was to use them as a target of a NATO SpecOps force. Now it looks like I need 2 more!!! Not sure what to do about that... I might just keep the one missile TEL as a proxy for the three - or I might get two more. I think the best thing to do is to carry out a trial game of Black Ops with a command vehicle, radar TEL and missile TEL and see how that goes - then try another game with 3 missile TELs and the two other vehicles and see how that goes.
Anyway... back to painting the TEL. To further avoid the mistakes I made last time, I put a little blob of blu-tack on the spots that would be major gluing points - or where two parts would need to fit together.
I then undercoated it all in black and then sprayed a basecoat of Russian Green. Next step was to carefully black-line the whole vehicle.
It's now ready to be finished.
More on that next.