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.

1:100 M113A2 for Khurasan Miniatures

The M113 is a fully tracked armored personnel carrier that was developed by Food Machinery Corp (FMC). The vehicle was first fielded by the United States Army’s mechanized infantry units in Vietnam in April 1962. The M113 was the most widely used armored vehicle of the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, earning the nickname ‘Green Dragon’ by the Viet Cong as it was used to break through heavy thickets in the midst of the jungle to attack and overrun enemy positions, but largely known as an APC and ACAV (armored cavalry assault vehicle) by the allied forces.

The M113 introduced new aluminum armor that made the vehicle much lighter than earlier vehicles; it was thick enough to protect the crew and passengers against small arms fire but light enough that the vehicle was air transportable and moderately amphibious. In the U.S. Army, the M113 series have long been replaced as front-line combat vehicles by the M2 and M3 Bradley, but large numbers are still used in support roles such as armored ambulance, mortar carrier, engineer vehicle, command vehicle, etc. The Army’s Heavy Brigade Combat Teams are equipped with around 6,000 M113s and 4,000 Bradleys.

The M113’s versatility spawned a wide variety of adaptations that live on worldwide, and in U.S. service. These variants together represent about half of U.S. Army armored vehicles today. To date, it is estimated that over 80,000 M113s of all types have been produced and used by over 50 countries worldwide, making it one of the most widely used armored fighting vehicles of all time. The Military Channel’s “Top Ten” series named the M113 the most significant infantry vehicle in history. The U.S. Army planned to retire the M113 family of vehicles by 2018, seeking replacement with the GCV Infantry Fighting Vehicle program, but now replacement of the M113 has fallen to the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) program.

1:100 scale NM-116

In 1972, the Norwegian Army decided to retain 54 of their 123 M24 light tanks as reconnaissance vehicles after they were substantially rebuilt under the designation NM-116. It was calculated that the NM-116 rebuilding program cost only about a third as much as contemporary light tanks.

This program was managed by the firm Thune-Eureka. The American firm NAPCO developed an improved power-pack based around the 6V53T diesel engine used in the M113 armoured personnel carrier mated to an Allison MT-653 transmission. The original 75 mm Gun M6 L/39 was replaced with a French D-925 90 mm low pressure gun, with a co-axial 0.50-inch (12.7 mm) M2 heavy machine gun. The bow gunner position was eliminated in favor of ammunition stowage. A new fire-control system was installed, complete with a Simrad LV3 laser rangefinder. Norwegian firms also converted eight M24 light tanks into light armoured recovery vehicles to support the NM-116. The NM-116 were retired from service in 1993.

1:100 GAZ-3937 Vodnik

Done GAZ-3937 Vodnik model. Some parts were exaggerated due to scale requirements.

The car is built on a modular scheme. Welded body includes two removable modules. Front module consists of a power department and management, divided sealed bulkhead.

The rear multi-module due to the quick release coupling can be replaced in the field. In other words, a single chassis can perform several functions, depending on the installed modules:

* transportation of people; 
* freight handling and processing equipment in remote areas; 
* transportation of residential units and other utilities modules; 
* perform the functions of technological machines fuel and energy complex (tankers, containers, etc.).

1:100 Bogatyr sci-fi heavy tank for Armies Army

I finished Bogatyr heavy tank for Armies Army. Bogatyr is an epic hero from Slavic legends, similar to knight-errant.

The Bogatyr is a heavy armored tank of fictional Russian Empire. It has a crew of 2 and armed with heavy gun located in automated unmanned turret + 2 remote controlled machine guns (same type as on Kurganets-40 MGS). Engine is located at front, crew in middle section and auto-loader in rear section. Like modern Israeli Merkava tank, Bogatyr have armored door at rear part of the hull to load the ammunition. By removing some of the ammo it is possible for Bogatyr to carry up to 5 passengers. 

The vehicle was designed to be printed in 1:100 scale and used for modelling and wargaming purposes.

Here is Bogatyr just from a printer

Casted in metal and resin. And painted model by Dwartist!

1:100 Kurganets-40 sci-fi APC for Armies Army

I made Kurganets-40 APC for Russian Empire faction of Armies Army :) This is 3D model suitable for printing and casting in resin and metal. 

In the Future Russian Empire faction took Kurganets-25 vehicle and made heavy modification by adding new armor, weapons and systems. APC and MGS variants have fully automated turrets. 

Kurganets-25 is a real world ultra modern vehicle that was developed by Russian Federation to replace BMP fleet somewhere in 2015-2016 . So the idea with Russian Empire design is not to base their vehicles on real world Soviet designs, but on ultra moedr Russian designs. 

All 4 roofs variants are separate and removable. The vehicle was designed to be printed in 1:100 scale and used for modelling and wargaming purposes.

APC Variant

MGS Variant

Command Variant

Ambulance or Cargo Variant

Close up of command roof

Fully automated APC Turret

Mobile Gun System

Kurganets-40 just from the printer. And painted model by Dwartist!

1:100 Swedish S-Tank (The Stridsvagn 103) for QRF Miniatures

I am proud to show you 1:100 Swedish S-Tank or The Stridsvagn 103, that I made at the beginning of December 2014. The model was sold to QRF ( that is famous by a huge range of Modern, World War II and other era vehicles (as well as huge range of pre-1900 figures.)  

On these renders you can see all parts of a model in different colours,

Version with optional water tanks.

And the model just from the 3D printer.