I started modifying my KV-47 Aero walker back in early spring. Since I knew I would mostly be using the artillery version of the walker (Nikita) I wanted a bit more static pose as the charging forward pose the model comes in doesn't really suit my weapon of choice. So I switched one of the left leg with a standing KV-47 that I had lying around, making it lean back more. I also opened up the hatch and put the tank commander from the IS-48 in it - felt nice and suited an artillery walker.
After applying some paint using the same method as the rest of my vehicles this is what I ended up with:
The Nikita variant with dual quad 120mm mortars. A very effective artillery walker.
The Nastasia variant with two quad DShK machine guns.
The Nina variant with two RPG-47.
This is my favourite of the three as far as looks are concerned.
This model was a lot of fun to paint and has become my favourite walker in the SSU arsenal. If it was possible to buy one without the transport helicopter I would get one more for sure. As it stands I might get one more if I can find a good price.
I have also completed one of the BR-47 self-propelled guns. I don't think the mortar configuration, Red Rain, will see all that much use, but the Red Fury with its 100mm gun that is able to fire at aircraft as well is another story! Cheap anti-air firepower is a rare sight in an SSU army - until the tractor was introduced the expensive Mao Zedong was almost our only choice.
This is a model I would have bought whatever its stats was though, it simply looks cool! I'm really enjoying all the different kinds of vehicles available to the Russians. There are the different kinds of walkers, large tanks, helicopters and self-propelled guns. And there's apparently a jet fighter in the works as well, based on the Yak 23!
The addition of a crew adds a lot to the model I think, but it still feels a little too clean. Anders suggested adding empty shell casings which I think would make it pop more, but it's done for now.
The BR 47-100 "Red Fury". Ka-pow!!
The crew each have a PPSh-48 and grenades meaning they can defend the gun up close.
The BR 47-200 "Red Rain". It looks impressive,
but I think I'll go for the mortar weapon team instead.
So that is two of the three vehicles I need to paint done! The second tractor is actually almost done as well, it just needs weathering and the crew painted and it's ready to go as well.
I know that I usually paint a little more than my two friends so I've decided to do some other stuff as well so that I don't get too far ahead. Next up will be one such excursion...