27 April 2020

9K31 Strela-1 (SA-9 Gaskin)

I always wanted to have a SA-9 Gaskin or two - principally an ACE Models one if possible.  But alas, to-date, that seems likely to never happen.  I did however snag an ACE SA-13 Gopher (which for some reason it doesn't appear that I've ever taken a photo of it and posted it here).  At one point I decided to use a spare Britannia BRDM-2 hull and marry it with the Gopher SAM launcher turret,  You can see the entried about that here and here.

I was never completely satisfied with that - mainly because you could only have one or the other.

So a while back a friend of mine was putting in an order with Butler's Printed Models and asked if I wanted anything.  I'm not a dive in feet first kind of person, so decided to order 3 turrets - which handily enough BPM allow you to order separately.  I got an SA-9 SAM turret and two M901 ITV TOW Hammerhead  turrets.  I'll deal with the later in another post, but once arrived I cleaned up the turret quite quickly and tried it out on the BRDM-2 hull.  I was very satisfied with the result.





I then painted it very quickly and took just 1 photo for some reason.  Here's the completed model:


Very happy with the purchase.  It looks like BPM does some great prints and others that are not so great based on what my mate ended up buying.  Glad I put my toe in the water, but also glad I didn't spend up big.

Thanks

Richard

4 comments:

  1. Is yours upscaled to 1/72? I was seriously considering a large BPM order to fill out a lot of vehicles in my wishlist but the print lines visible in every sample photograph put me off. I've decided to go with S&S where Shaun uses all cast models I believe. I got his S-models M151 TOW conversion last year and was really happy with it. However until logistics settles down I won't put in my order just yet. But when it does I'm doing a big order. Gopher included.

    Also just wanted to say thank so much for all your work on the Cold War mods. I am planning a large campaign using your material. I don't care for 12mm or Northag. A straight port of Battlegroup is superior imo. Thanks again.

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    1. Hi Forper - I think in this case I went with the 1/76 turret as Britannia models are typically 1/76. If I was using an S-Model hull, I would have gone for 1/72. I use a lot of Shaun's stuff and always seem to have a list in my head at least, of what I want to get next. I'll be getting a couple of M113 C&R for my Canadians next I think, but like you I'll be waiting until overseas posting gets sorted.

      Thanks for the compliment - much appreciated.

      Richard

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  2. re BPM, I have found that by the time I have painted my 20mm vehicles, most of the photos are IIRC 15mm, and applied markings and stowage you don't notice any print lines.

    I tend to spray with halfords grey primer, then a coat of halfords matt black, mask paterns with blutack, then spray humbrol light olive 86, once masking removed a coat of satin varnish to provide a good surface for transfers, then a coat of matt varnish to seal it all.

    I find then that at a normal viewing distance on the table, you have a job to distinguish between resin / plastic or 3D printed.

    just my view.

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    1. Hi Alan. I think you are probably right and I know I'm pretty much being an old fusspot. I'm hoping to buy a resin printer this year and have a go at it myself. Then I'll have nothing to complain about except myself!

      Richard

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