I hardly dare ask, but would anyone be able to provide a brief outline translation of a two-page article in Russian? It is a .pdf file and I can't unlock it to use a translation program, so I'm relying on good old-fashioned help!
Essentially, I just need to know the key message in the article, not a word-by-word translation.
I believe the article says the model is over-size, but I want to know if anything else is said.
Please email me if you think you may be able to assist.
MAFVA Information Officer
Re: Box review of Trumpeter BTR-40 in M-Khobby by Andrei Ryabkov
The long and short of it: Trumpeter have done their usual thorough job of screwing up every possible dimension. Thats probably not what you wanted to know.
The text mainly concerns uncertainty over whether the model is wrong or the drawing is wrong. He compares three different drawings: all match each other and correspond with published information. Thats most of the article.
He finally concludes problem is with model, that it is related to the width of spare wheel, 24cm. The prototype is 5000 mm long WITH spare on rear wall. The model is 5000/35 mm up to the rear wall, BEFORE the spare tire, a difference of 240/35 mm. Ouch.
It gets worse, and I quote: The dimension in the manual and data are for the operational vehicle, not the hull itself. The clever Chinese, clearly, did not consider this and extended the length of the hull to fix the rear wall at 5000 mm. To do this, they stretched all the elements of the hull along the x-axis, irrevocably wrecking the proportions. To correct the hull with a fretsaw and somehow fix it in parts is not possible, my translation. This extends to the placement of cross members and the rear wheels along the frame, too.
He also comments that the model is too wide by about 7% or 1.5 mm. Other than that, the engine is very nice and the moulding is good, with dubious detail because of the other problems and I can tell he has no more enthusiasm for this kit.