1/16 BK1124 / BK1125 Bronkater

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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:48 am

Am curious if there are any here on the forum interested in merging the best of 1/16 AFV modeling with RC boats: the BK1124 & BK1125 Russian Bronkater.

For those on Facebook, feel free to join our Soviet Gunboats group that we've created for research, component development & builds, not just for the Bronkater series but also the G5 & other small coastal & river gunboats & monitors.

I've always been interested in the beast for years and helped convince Christian Capurro of MTB Hulls to make a 1/16 hull. His excellent 2 piece GRP hull sells for a very reasonable price. MTB also offers a G-5 hull in the same scale.

One of our members who has a G5 fetish - he's building several in different scale at the moment - has a Shapeways store offering guns, turrets & fittings used on these craft. With Clark's upcoming BT-7, it appears we may also have a complete T-26-4 76mm turret in the works, too.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/793622274006313/

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:47 am

Any boat that has a T34 turret on the foredeck get my interest !! :O
Much more hard core than a PT boat, but waaaaaay less well known.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:15 pm

Sorry, I wasn't that captivated when you said "boats," but when I saw that turret, you've now got my full attention :D :thumbup:
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Postby Wardog » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:38 pm

Thanks for sharing,love the paddle steamer.I like the 1st ww ships.of that time.so an interest to me. :D

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:35 pm

This is quite interesting. Never seen them before. Thanks for sharing
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Postby lmcq11 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:00 pm

Lovely !

I was lucky to snatch a MIG 1/35 kit of the Bronetaker on eBay in January. I was quite intrigued as I never saw this boat or kit before. I purchased it by curiosity as it was relatively cheap for a big resin kit (ie $160 I think), and I found out later that it is a rare collector item. Quality is extremely good, resin, paperwork and presentation. Here are some pictures.

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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:03 pm

Louis that's a really nice kit!
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Postby Xiaoshan_Sailor » Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:57 pm

MIG makes an excellent kit from the what I've heard. Am truly surprised Italeri hasn't given it consideration but then it's not PT-109. I failed to mention MTB Hulls also now offers a 1/35 BK1124 hull.

Given the times, the Bronkater was armed with whatever was available in factory parts or salvage depots: T-22, T-28, T-34/76 & T-34/85 turrets, Katyusha, DShk .50cal & even mines for coastal use. They served on all major rivers, were transported by rail & truck & made a name for themselves during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Here are the links to MTB & Alex's Shapeways store for reference. Trumpeter's T-34 kits are routinely used as well but there's a Russian eBay supplier for a resin T-34/76 turret.

http://www.mtbhulls.co.uk/the-hulls
https://www.shapeways.com/shops/yadesidn?

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