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Tatra V855 aerosan
Tatra V855 - aerosan
Attack Hobby Kits 1:72
AUTHOR: PETR FILIP, KLUB Veselých Lepičů z.s., magazine Plastic Planet
The Tatra V855, better known as aerosana, was created at the initiative of the German army in 1942. The machine was, and still is, interesting with its unique propeller drive concept and the use of skis instead of wheels. This seemingly nonsensical combination proved to be suitable for deployment on the broad Russian plains. However, the development of history has prevented serial production and so only one prototype came to the world and we can still admire it in the Tatra Technical Museum. We will focus on the scale model of this machine today.
Parts of the kit conceals boxes of a common size, with a solid cardboard bottom and a semi-rigid lid, where (according to my taste) there are no dazzling drawings of two possible color versions of the kit. Double drawing has its meaning. Professor's kit really contains parts for two models. In addition, for one of them, it offers a casting enhancement that allows construction with open doors, engine covers and the engine itself.
In the plastic bag, there are three small parts frames for each kit (one of them clear), cast details and a foil with etched protection of the propeller grille. Pressing is quite good, burrs are found only minimal and certainly do not complicate the construction, the only inconvenience is the sink on the propeller part. It was more or less the same on both kits in the box, so it can be assumed that it will be on all moldings. Surprisingly, there are also a few parts in the clear parts frame that absolutely do not need transparency, but probably have all three frames approximately equally large. The "glasses" themselves are quite thick and distort when viewed. If you build an improved version with an open door, you definitely have no chance to use a windscreen. I am a little embarrassed by the use of clear brittle matter on the part with the brake cylinder beams. Yes, I broke them off during construction.
Unfortunately, I have some reservations about cast parts. The brake cylinder in my kit was in one case evidently damaged mold, with a part of the slats and the side trim completely cast. Here, apparently, the output check failed because the piece for the second kit is fine.
The plastic kit itself is very well machined, and the main parts surprisingly fit together. A little problem arose on the roof, when I just failed to finish the parts so that there is no visible joint, but on the other hand, where else and put it more easily than here. The bulkhead between the cabin and the engine compartment also comes out just above average just a little worse with the back benches, but nothing dramatic. Greater combat came with the front seats. I don't know where the mistake happened, but the seats are too wide, and when they get stuck in the interior, there's no room for the two control levers to be placed there. The seats also do not fit on the lugs pressed on the floor section. Here it requires patience and simply to cope. You can read the continuation in the magazine Plastic Planet 2/2018.
You can read more at wikipedia.