Panda 1/35 9A310M1 Telar w 9M38M of 9K37M Buk-M1
Scott Van Aken
The Buk missile system (Russian: "Бук";
"beech" (tree), /bʊk/)
is a family of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air
missile systems developed by the Soviet Union and its successor state,
the Russian Federation, and designed to counter cruise missiles, smart
bombs, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Buk missile system is the successor to the NIIP/Vympel 2K12
Kub (NATO reporting name SA-6 "Gainful"). The first version of Buk
adopted into service carried the GRAU designation 9K37 Buk and was
identified in the west with the NATO reporting name "Gadfly" as well as
the US Department of Defense designation SA-11.
With the integration of a new missile the Buk-M1-2 and Buk-M2
systems also received a new NATO reporting name Grizzly and a new DoD
designation SA-17. In 2013, the latest incarnation "Buk-M3" was
scheduled for production.
A naval version of the system, designed by MNIIRE
Altair (currently part of GSKB Almaz-Antey) for the Russian Navy,
received the GRAU designation 3S90M and will be identified with the NATO
reporting name Gollum and a DoD designation SA-N-7C, according to Jane's
Missiles & Rockets. The naval system was scheduled for delivery in 2014.
kit is the launcher portion and is the initial missile system or the SA-11.
There is a ton of parts as you might expect from something of this
size and the kit comes with something new to me in kits; cast metal tracks.
Each of these tracks is separate and there are link pins included for
assembly. The casting on these tracks looks to be excellent and they very
much appear to be ready to assemble. These come in a fairly large plastic
box that has been taped shut and rather than worry about losing any bits, I
have kept it just like that.
Once can divide this kit into two major constructs. One is the mobile
tractor portion of it and the other is the missile launch system portion.
The lower portion is as detailed as any modern tracked vehicle with a
separate upper and lower hull. The suspension
members for the road wheels and sprocket are molded in place. Those for the
road wheels and idler wheel are separate. There is a separate rear plate for
the hull and you have a number of various fenders, equipment boxes, tow
hooks and other items to attach to the underside and back. On the top are
crew hatches, hand holds, a tow cable (which is braided copper wire), and a
considerable number of engine hatches and cooling areas. In fact, a goodly
portion of the nicely done photo etch fret are used on the upper hull
The rest of the kit is dedicated to the missile launching section. This
includes the mechanism that holds the missiles in place as well as the radar
system in the front of it and the various hold downs and safety barriers.
You can model the missiles in either launch or travel position. The launch
rail assemblies are paired and the way the pieces are designed, they are not
separate and have to either be all up or all down. From the look of the
instructions, you have the option of two different missiles. One is as shown
in the box art with the long main fins and another seems to be a shorter
missile with shorter main fins. As usual, the instructions are moot on what
is what, but show the longer finned version throughout the rest of the
of which, the instructions are standard Panda fare with very nicely drawn
illustrations and several showing detail where needed. No color info is
provided anywhere in the build instructions. That is left to the full color
painting and markings guide. There are several camouflage schemes shown from
an overall green to several green/brown/black camouflage options as shown in
the photo provided here. The decals are nicely printed, and I wish I could
tell you some info on units, but no information is provided in that regard.
All color references are for Gunze paints.
Once again, Panda has produced an excellent kit of
Soviet/Russian equipment for those who like modern military subjects. This will
definitely not be a fast build, but based on what you get in the box, you will
have an outstanding representation of this missile system.
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