The BMP-3 is one of the most heavily armed infantry combat vehicles in service, fitted with a low-velocity 100 mm rifled gun, which can fire conventional shells or ATGMs (AT-10 Stabber). A 30 mm dual feed autocannon with 500 rounds and a 7.62mm PKT machine gun with 2,000 rounds, all mounted coaxially in the turret. The main gun elevates from −5° to +60°. There are also two 7.62mm PKT bow machine guns, again with 2,000 rounds each. The BMP-3 is capable of engaging targets out to 5,000–6,000 meters with its ATGM weapon system. All weapons can be fired from the halt, on the move, and afloat with the same effectiveness.
There are several variants and operators of the BMP-3, but this kit is probably the BMP-3M as this is operated by Russia. The BMP-3M upgrades are mostly in a new turret and this kit differs from Modelcollect’s earlier BMP-3s in this area.
In 1/72 the BMP-3 was poorly represented until Modelcollect came along and they seem to be working their way through all the variants. In fact, until Modelcollect came along I’m not sure there actually was a main stream 1/72 BMP-3.
The kit comes in a standard top opening box. The box contains
- instructions on glossy paper of 8 pages showing 15 steps and 2 paint schemes
- 5 sprues in resealable bags containing approx 212 parts
- 3 small PE sheets of varying sizes containing 54 parts
- 1 decal sheet
The instructions are on a single glossy sheet of paper folded into 10 pages. They start with a brief general introduction to the BMP-3. The next page shows the layout of the sprues and PE parts before moving on to the first of the 15 construction steps. Steps 1 to 3 build the turret and step 4 builds a basic turret interior. These 4 steps are where the difference lies from Modelcollect’s earlier BMP-3s. Steps 5-7 are building up the hull top. Step 8 puts the road and drive wheels together and they are attached to the hull bottom in step 9. Step 10 fits the link and length tracks. Step 11 starts putting together a simple hull interior and this continues to step 14. In step 15 the 4 main parts, turret, turret interior, upper hull and lower hull, are joined together to complete the build. It looks like you could leave the real hull doors open to show the interior. The instructions seem pretty clear throughout and parts are labelled by sprue and part number. There are 2 painting options given, one in green overall and the other in tricolour camouflage.
The level of detail on the parts is good throughout. The sprue attachment points are small and sensibly placed. The ejector pin marks are in places where they won’t be an issue. The number of parts is very high for a 1/72 kit.
Paints used in the 2 painting guides are called out in Ammo colours.
There are no decals indicated on the painting guides or elsewhere, and yet we have a pretty comprehensive decal sheet. The sheet looks to contain 8 different numbers, 3 large 3 digit numbers with 5 smaller pairs of 3 digit numbers numbers, one in arabic. There are also 2 sets of individual numbers from 0 to 9. To top it off there is also 6 pairs of markings.
Overall this looks like a very highly detailed kit of an under represented vehicle. This kit has more parts than most 1/72 kits and should do well, especially with those who like the detail of 1/35 kits but don’t have the space for them.
Many thanks to Modelcollect for the review sample.