1/35, Soviet Armored Aerosan NKL-26
The Aerosan series of armed snow mobiles is not to be laughed off. In the harsh Russian winters of WWII, the Army needed mobile support even in tough snowy conditions. Earlier Aerosan versions had automotive engines and open cockpits. But the NKL-26 added an enclosed plywood shell for crew “comfort,” and a radial aircraft engine. For us Floridians, it looks like an airboat on ice.
Trumpeter’s kit is a real gem. The skis are models in themselves, with no less than 19 parts each including the provided PE. The interior is sparse and I added simulated plywood and a few internal braces. The gunner provided in the kit does not fit, despite its nice molding. Oddly there is no driver/pilot.
I spent about twelve hours in construction (mostly on the skis), and painted it in winter white with a burnt unmer wash. The “snow” is merely Borax sprinled over water applied with a wide brush.
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