Some of the complaints about their T-72B model in the "Hot War" game center around the fact that the vehicle is too modern to be used in Cold War Hot, 1980s scenarios.
Ever since I opened the first package, I wondered if I could remove the Kontakt-5 explosive reactive armor (ERA), which supposedly can defeat kinetic energy penetrators as well as chemical energy penetrators ("sabot" and HEAT rounds respectively).
While the online debate regarding Kontakt-5 rages on and the "experts" discuss the efficacy of the new Russian gadgets and gizmos, I wanted to come up with a way to go back in time and get these metal monsters onto Captain Bannon's battlefield in TEAM YANKEE...
The gambit involved the amount of plastic used in the construction of the ERA blocks - were they hollow? If I scraped them off the turret (whittled them off, more like), would there be solid plastic or would there be an unsightly hole?
Ponder no more, plastic fans. There's solid plastic underneath those blocks!
|Same model, but with the Kontakt-5 ERA removed on the left and a different paint color.|
|Side comparison. The Zvezda skirts are way too thin to mess around with those extra armor plates, although I wish I could remove them.|
|Like I said, I need to properly secure the side skirts...|
|Top down view. Not bad! I dare say the tank looks a "little" less ultra modern now.|
And not to claim any pioneering, it's been done before:
And there are no shortages of reviews of this nice, simple little kit:
You can read more about Kontakt-5 ERA here.
Still more SABRE SQUADRON gaming to come...