Soviet BTR-80 in 1/72...
...building the Trumpeter kit
A Trumpeter kit in 1/72, and ideal to accompany their BTR-70 models also available in their range (and which I can built and covered here separately before). This amphibious 8-wheel APC entered service with the Soviet army in the mid-1980s and replaced the earlier BTR-60 and -70. It saw service first during the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan. In addition to a number of relatively slight design changes to things like the side access doors, the gun turret and firing ports, the most significant difference is the use of a single turbocharged diesel engine, rather than twin petrol engines used in both earlier types. The main armament as replicated in the kit features a 14.5mm KPVT machine gun, plus a co-axial 7.62 PKT machine gun. Though not in the kit, there is another variant where the revised turret carries a 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon. The turret also carries 6x 81mm smoke grenade launchers on the back of the turret.
The kit is very similar to their previous BTR-70 in terms of parts breakdown and in the well moulded detail that even extends to the underside of the hull. Moulded in a grey plastic, plus the tyres in a black vinyl. Assembly is quick and easy, a factor common to the latest generation of small scale kits from Trumpeter. So far I have given the model a coat of dark green but there will still be camouflage to add, plus markings and weathering.
I bought mine from TigerHobbies here in the UK.