Friday, May 29, 2015

1:100 Rybinsk Tank

Rybinsk tank It’s the project of a medium tank developed in the Russian Empire in 1915-1917. One of the most mysterious armored projects created in Russia during the First World War – the information about it is very limited and sketchy. According to the most common version, the tank was created using a Holt tractor. There is also reason to believe that the the basis of a Rybinsk tank design was a not adopted project of french Colonel Etienne in 1915.

The initial draft of a tank was proposed to the military department at the end of 1916, but the events of 1917 put an end to further work in this direction.

The tank have unusual layout. It have driver and machine gunner at front of a vehicle but 75mm naval gun at REAR of a vehicle. Tank was intended to be used as infantry support vehicle. Tanks should move at front of advancing infantry lines and use their machine guns to fight the enemy infantry. If they encounter enemy fortifications, tanks should steer and use their rear guns.

Rybinsk Tank specifications:

Size: 5 meters long, 2 meter tall and wide
Crew: 4
Armor: 12mm front, 10mm rest
Maximum speed: 10-15 km/h on plans but 8 km/h are more realistic because tank have Holt tracks and same weight like French Schneider CA1 tank
Armament: 75mm 1892 canet naval gun
                     Maxim Machine Gun

Rybinsk tank with and without skirt.

Size comparison between Mendeleev tank, Rybinsk tank and M113.

1:100 Mendeleev Tank

I finished finished one of the weirdest WW1 era prototype vehicle – Mendeleev Tank.

The Mendeleev Rybinsk Tank was designed in Rybinsk in the mid 1910s. Designed by Vasiliy Mendeleev who was born in 1886. The armored fighting vehicle or AFV was revolutionary for its time. It featured 120 mm large gun and weighed over 170 tons. Its super heavy weight was due to its thick steel plate armour. The Tank also featured gas compressed piston suspension revolutionary for its time. The tank was never built.

The Mendeleev Tank AFV project was introduced by Russian engineer Vasiliy Mendeleyev (1886-1922). He was the son of the famous scientist Dmitriy Mendeleev who invented Periodic Table.

Vasiliy Mendeleyev had graduated from the Kronshtadt Marine Engineering School, and worked as the engineer at a ship-building factory. Over the course of several years (1911-1915) and without any assistance, Mendeleev worked on his own time on the AFV project. Inside the armored hull, beside the engine, gear box, gun and the internal equipment, the running gear was placed. It was to be powered by a powerful petrol engine. The petrol tanks were to be placed in the back of the tank. The Mendeleev Tank featured four forward gears and reverse.

The tank had a special gas suspension, which not only eased the travel of the vehicle when on the move, but that also allowed for the tank to move with the hull half-lowered hull, and even completely lower the hull when stopped, if necessary. The idea of the inventor, was that the full or partial lowering of the hull would protect the most vulnerable part of the machine, the running gear, from enemy fire. The machine-gun turret, that could be rotate 360 degrees, could also be lowered into the hull with the aid of a pneumatic device.

A pneumatic device was also used for the adjustment and tension of the tracks. The Mendeleev AFV was supposed to have a special device that allowed it to be moved upon the rails, and even move by its own, or with the help of a locomotive. Movement over long distances was to be done by rail. All these pneumatic devices were provided with necessary quantity of compressed air with the aid of a special compressor, driven by the engine of the tank.

Crew: 8
Weight: 173.2 ton
Engine: Petrol Gasoline Engine 
Performances: 250 hp 
Maximum speed: 10-15 km/h on plans but 3-5 km/h according to modern research 
Suspension: Piston Driven 
Armor: 150mm front, 100mm rest 
Main Armament: 120 mm Canet Gun

Thursday, May 28, 2015

1:100 T-72A, T-72m1 and Lion of Babylon for Khurasan Kiniatures


T-72M1 - have different glacis plate and dozer blade (cant be seen on this render).

Lion of Babylon have T-72M1 hull with added sand protection to the engine exhausts, and different searchlights near the gun and on commanders cupola. Also it have countermeasure device on left hand side of a turret.

1:100 scale T-64A, T-64B and T-64 BV for Khurasan Miniatures

T-64A Mod 1969



1:100 BMD-1 for Armies Army

BMD-1 and BMD-1P I made for  for Armies Army. The BMD-1 is a Soviet airborne amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle, which was introduced in 1969 and first seen by the West in 1970. BMD stands for Boyevaya Mashina Desanta (Боевая Машина Десанта, literally "Combat Vehicle of the Airborne"). It can be dropped by parachute and although it resembles the BMP-1 it is in fact much smaller. The BMD-1 was used as an IFV by the Soviet Army's airborne divisions. 

Starting from 1977 a new modernized vehicle received a designation BMD-1P following adoption of the new 9P135M-1 ATGM launcher instead of 9S428 ATGM launcher, firing the 9M113 Konkurs (AT-5 Spandrel) and 9M111M Fagot or 9M111-2 (standard load: two 9M113 and one 9M111M missiles). Most of older BMD-1s were subsequently modernized this way.

1:100 Hovercraft for Armies Army

I've been asked to design and model a svi-fi hovercraft for Armies Army. The hovercraft can be assembled with automatic machine gun or just a roof hatch.

Converting 1:100 BMP-1 into BMP-2 for Khurasan Miniatures

I’ve been asked by Khurasan Miniatures to convert their 1:100 scale BMP-1 model into BMP-2. So here is the final result. More than 1/3 of existing BMP-1 was redone or heavily modified and turret was made completely from scratch.