Soviet Armored Aerosan NKL-26 1:35 Scale Trumpeter Model Kit #02321 Review

2013 November 4
by Doug

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Soviet  Armored Aerosan NKL-26 1:35 Scale Trumpeter Model Kit #02321 Review

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The NKL-26 was introduced by the Soviet Union in 1941 during WWII.  It was essentially a plywood box mounted on four skis and propelled by a propeller driven by a radial aircraft engine that was produced for the M-11g Soviet aircraft. They were manned by a two-man crew consisting of the driver and the commander/ machine gunner. They were armed with a single 7.62mm machine gun mounted to the top on a ring mount, which allowed for 360 degree traversing.  They could also carry 4 to 5 passengers riding on the skis and pulled 4 more behind on ropes. I’m not sure I would want to be on skis behind an unguarded propeller in case of accident. The Aerosan was equipped with 10mm of armor on the front panel only, so they were not used in full direct attacks but more so for reconnaissance, communication vehicles, and transportation vehicles. The light weight of the Aerosan allowed it to travel over deep snow at speeds up to 35 Km/h.

For the Modeler: This is a Trumpeter Soviet Armored Aerosan NKL-26 1:35 Scale Trumpeter Model Kit #02321 kit. It is a 1:35 scale, a Skill Level 3 kit and comes on nine sprues containing 190 pieces molded in light gray. There is one sheet of clear plastic with the three windows, one sheet of decals, and two trees of brass photo etched parts. There is also an instruction booklet and a full color painting and marking guide. The finished dimensions are; Length: 6.2″ (157.5mm), Width: 2.87″ (73mm).

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; engine detailing and orientation; test fitting; ski and suspension construction and detailing; handling and assembling photo etched parts; vehicle history; part alignment and orientation; interior detailing and color selection; assembly sequence suggestions; extensive weathering techniques; using undercoating to enhance weathering; seated figure modifications for fit; figure finishing and paint selection; assembling the instrument cluster/console, are all fully examined in this pictorial 14 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format. The instructions are also included with this review.


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