In the fall I had a dream to build a Soviet Army to fight the massive tank battles from the Russian Steppe. I realized this dream as I placed my first order which would provide a base for my Red Army. Below is what I ordered to supplement some old ESCI soviet infantry, and some modified ESCI Warsaw Pact to reflect WWII infantry:
3 Pegasus T-34/85 kits containing 6 tanks
1 Pegasus KV-1/KV-2 containing 2 tanks with options to build either model
1 Pegasus KV-1s containing 2 tanks with options to build either cast or welded turret
1 Pegasus SU122/152 containing 2 tanks with options for both guns
1 Pegasus BT-7 containing 2 tanks
1 Pegasus Soviet Summer Dress Infantry
1 Armorfast T-34/76 containing 2 tanks
1 Armorfast SU-85 containing 2 tanks
1 Plastic Soldier Company 45mm AT gun set containing 4 guns w/options for 3 gun models
1 Plastic Soldier Company ZIS 2/3 AT gun set containing 4 guns w/ options to build either model
This post will cover the T-34s and BT-7s:
The Pegasus Kits are a steal at around $9.50 USD for 2 tanks. These are more highly detailed than the Armorfast version, as well as more sturdily built. I was similarly impressed by both kits for their ease of assembly. You can build about a tank every 10-15 minutes. I then gave the sets a primer with a white coat of Tamiya superfine spray. Over that I used more Tamiya Olive Green to give the base coat. The coverage left some areas of primer showing through which I left as a nice weathering effect. I am not so pleased with my ability using the wash to simulate grime or the pigment, which i tried to apply when it was wet. I have since learned that it goes on dry and will probably re-visit these kits for some touch-ups/weathering to add realism.
I also used two sets of Soviet decals meant for 1/76 from the Aleran line. I picked these up at a wonderful shop called the Michigan Toy Soldier Company(http://www.michtoy.com/) in Royal Oak Michigan. This is a great dealer of all thing related to the hobby and was annoyed that I was only given 1 hour to look around and make my purchases (I was on a time budget). Anyone who finds themselves in this neck of the woods (about 30 minutes north of Detroit) I would recommend checking it out.
Further posts to come detailing my recent purchase.