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  1. Resin Turrets for Panzer V Panther 1:72 OKB Grigorov Last time I reviewed the output of OKB Grigorov, a producer of resin kits and accessories from Bulgaria, their product line up had a distinctly nautical theme. Fast forward a few years and they are still happily churning out the resin, but have now expanded into the world of AFV kits and accessories. In this review we'll take a look at a couple of their replacement Panther turrets. Neither turret appears to be designed for a particular base kit, so it's up to you to pick the appropriate model and run with it. Turret for Pz.V Panther Panzerbeobachtungswagen First up is the Panzerbeobachtungswagen (artillery observation) turret conversion. From what I can find on the interweb, a single prototype was constructed in 1943, based on the Panzer V Ausf.G. A short series production apparently followed. The main gun was replaced with a dummy, while an optical rangefinder was added to the turret. OKB Grigorov's conversion is made from their usual grey resin. Everything is nicely cast and the details ar exceptionally crisp and sharp. Also included in the tiny box is a clear part for the cupola and a small fret of brass details. Turret for Pz.V Panther Ausf. F, Rheinmetall Proposal The second set enables the modeller to build the Panther Ausf.F 'Schmalturm'. The Schmalturn design was narrower than the standard turret, which increased protection while saving weight. It was also easier to manufacture. In order to accommodate the necessary stereoscopic rangefinder, it featured a small bulge on either side of the turret. The proposal never entered series production. Once again, OKB Grigorov's turret is really nicely made, with sharp, crisp details. The 75mm main gun is made from turned brass, which is a really useful and will avoid the need to purchase an additional part. Again, a clear part is provided for the cupola vision slits. Conclusion I can't really fault either of these items from OKB Grigorov. The quality of production is very high indeed and they will enable us modellers to represent a couple of interesting Panther variants. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  2. The old heavy "prime minister" (Churchill) was outdated and urgently needed a replacement. Sawed by the Americans, the T-14 did not cause much joy among the British, as it looked like an ordinary tank. Then the task was given to design an assault tank with the most thick armor. The development was commissioned by Nuffield. On March 13 (Thursday), 1943, the first drawings version of the tank, called the AT-1 (Assault Tank-1), was issued. Weight 45 tons, torsion bar suspension, weapons in a rotating turret, either a 75 mm gun or a 95 mm howitzer. In general, the project was normal and quite calm. This is the OKB Grigorov's A.T.1 in 72 scale. The model building was a joy, as it builds in real rare gem in any collection. Painting scheme is from this picture: I hope you like it You can find the building of the model here:
  3. I started another OKB Grigorov's British Nuffield Assault tank, this time it is A.T.1 I think I will not stop until I build all the available Nuffield tanks
  4. This is OKB Grigorov's What if interpretation of German 3 cm Flak Panzer IV Kugelblitz on 9./B.W. chassis in 1/72 scale.
  5. Return Rollers for Pz.IV (4 types) 1:35 OKB Grigorov The Panzer IV went through many changes during its production run with the goal of either improving the design, simplifying production, or a combination of both. This led to a difference in design of return rollers for the vehicle, which is an aspect that isn’t always catered for by injection moulded kit manufacturers. If you’re interested in getting the most realistic and accurate finish on your model, you may well be interested in one or more of these sets from manufacturer OKB Grigorov. There are four types, each with subtle and not-so-subtle differences between them. Each set arrives in a ziplok bag with a paper header stapled to it, and inside are eight casting blocks with two wheels per block that build up into one pair, so eight pairs in total, with four per side. You’ll need to check your references to see which type your chosen Panzer IV was fitted with, and you may well find that multiple types were fitted to vehicles that needed repair or replacements due to battle damage or equipment failure. Type 1 (S35006) – Flat central cap with a middle bolt and three more around the circumference. Type 2 (S35007) – Domed cap with outer ring and central bolt. Type 3 (S35008) – Recessed centre with central bolt and outer ring. Type 4 (S35009) – Domed cap with outer ring and central bolt, plus two diametrically opposed ribs running between hub and rim. Casting is excellent with each wheel joined to the block by a thin web-work that should be easy to remove and clean up along the wheel’s contact surface that holds up the returning track length. Types 2-4 even have visible circlips if you look closely enough, which is pretty impressive. Very highly recommended. Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Type 4 Review sample courtesy of
  6. Just purchased from OKB Grigorov....... http://shop.okbgrigorov.com/ A resin kit of the Royal Navy submarine R10 - launched in October 1918 - just to late for the Great War. At just14cm (5.5in) long, the hull is a single superb resin casting - with a separate conning tower and etched brass parts for the diving planes, propeller etc.. The service from OKB was great - just a week from order to delivery - although the box with the hull/brass/instructions arrived first, followed a week later by the conning tower in a separate Jiffy bag!!! The instructions are a bit simplified..... .... but the resin moulding is excellent - crisp and bubble free.... There are no painting instructions - nor decals - which is a pity - so re-creating the drop-shadow pennant number on the conning tower is going to be a pain..... Still, this is a new welcome addition to the range of British submarines, so great work OKB Grigorov. Ken
  7. Royal Navy R Class Submarine (700121) 1:700 OKB Grigorov The R Class submarines were a class of 12 small submarines built for the Royal Navy during WWI. They had a hull designed for underwater performance and combined with diesel-electric propulsion gave a submerged speed of 14 knots, Streamlining of the vessel had some disadvantages in that they were hard to control on the surface and submerged. Technology at the time meant the battery took a full day to charge from the engine, but only an hour to drain at full speed! charging more often than not being done while moored. The vessels were armed with 6 tubes with the smaller 18" diameter. These would later be changed to normal 21". The kit The models (as there are 4 in box) arrive in the standard small sturdy cardboard box with a picture of one of the class underway. The models are 70mm long each, there are two small sets of resin and 4 small PE frets. The first model can depict either R1 or R2. The second model either R3 or R4. The third model is for R10 only, and the forth for R12 only. Conclusion This is another great little model of a British submarine. Recommended if you want something a bit different for your 1/700 submarine collection. Many thanks to OKB Grigorov for supplying the review sample.
  8. Itailian Enrico Toti Class Submarine (700116) 1:700 OKB Grigorov The Enrico Toti Class submarine was a class of 4 coastal submarines built for the Italian Navy in the 1960s. They are named after the 1920s Enrico Toti which was a Balilla Class Submarine, paying homage to Enrico Toti a WWI hero from Italy. These submarines were the first designed and built in Italy since WWII. They are comparable to the German type 205 boats. They were 46m long with a displacement of 535 tonnes. The kit The model arrives in the standard small sturdy cardboard box with a picture of one of the class moored alongside. The model is 65mm long. There are a couple of rein parts, PE Propeller and PE stand which has been used as the resin casting block came away on this example. Conclusion This is another great little model of a less well know submarine. Recommended if you want something a bit different for your 1/700 submarine collection. Many thanks to OKB Grigorov for supplying the review sample.
  9. Dutch Submarine Class Zwaardvis (700110) 1:700 OKB Grigorov The Zwaardvis (Swordfish) Cllass were ordered by the Dutch MOD in 1965, while originally the use of nuclear propulsion was looked at, the more conventional Diesel-Electric option was used. Partly due to cost reasons and partly as the US looked unfavourably on the Dutch Navy acquiring nuclear submarines. The design is a mirror of the US Navy Barbel Class tear drop hull for noise reduction, further enhanced by the use of a single screw. Two vessel were built for the Dutch Navy, the HNLMS Zwaardvis and HNLMS Tijgerhaai. In addition two were built for the Taiwanese Navy as the Chien Lung/Hai Lung class. An order for a further 4 submarines was turned down after pressure from China. The Kit The kit arrives in the standard sturdy box with the main hull casting wrapped in foam, The model is 92mm long. There is a small sheet of PE for the stand, a PE Propeller and resin dive planes. All of the casting is first rate. The modeller will have to supply their own rod for any mast and or antenna they might want. Conclusion Recommended if you want something a bit different for your 1/700 submarine collection. Many thanks to OKB Grigorov for supplying the review sample.
  10. Israeli Gal Class Submarine (700119) 1:700 OKB Grigorov The Gal Class submarine (or Type 540) is a modified version of the German HDW Type 206 Submarine. These boats which feature a districting bow dome were built to Israeli specifications by the then Vickers Shipyard in Barrow-In-Furness, in the UK. These were the first submarines built for the Israeli Navy to their own specifications, Politics dictating their being built in the UK rather than Germany. They were only 45m in length displacing 420 tonnes. At one point these Submarines were equipped with a retractable Blowpipe SAM system controlled from with the boat. 3 Vessels were built and all have now been decommissioned and replaced by the Dolphin Class. The kit The model arrives in the standard small sturdy cardboard box with a picture of one of the class underway. The model is 60mm long and there is a small PE Fret with the stand, and aneven smaller one with the propeller on it. Conclusion This is another great little model of a less well know submarine. Recommended if you want something a bit different for your 1/700 submarine collection. Many thanks to OKB Grigorov for supplying the review sample.
  11. Iranian Ghadir Class Submarine (700123) 1:700 OKB Grigorov The Ghadir class submarines are more of a midget submarine suited to coastal waters, they are only 29m long with a displacement of 117 tonnes with a crew of 18. These submarines are based on North Korean Yono Class. It is thought they have a pair of normal 21"/530mm torpedo tubes, and could also fire the VA-111 rocket torpedo. There are currently 23 in the Iranian Navy though details can be hard to pick out from the Propaganda surrounding any Iranian weapons system. The kit The models as there are two in the box arrive in the standard small sturdy cardboard box with a picture of one of the class moored underway. There is also a small PE fret for each boat, these provide a cradle and others parts including the prop for the sub. The model is 40mm long. Conclusion This is another great little model of a less well know submarine. Recommended if you want something a bit different for your 1/700 submarine collection. Many thanks to OKB Grigorov for supplying the review sample.
  12. HMS Oberon Class Submarine Modernised (700052) 1:700 OKB Grigorov The 295.2 feet (90.0 m) long Oberon class (Or more commonly in the RN O Boats) were based heavily on the preceding Porpoise class of submarines, which were in service from 1956 to 1988. Changes from the Porpoise design were primarily to improve the strength and stealth of the submarine. Instead of UXW steel, the hull was built from QT28 steel, which was easier to fabricate and stronger, allowing the submarine to dive deeper. Glass-reinforced plastic was used in construction of the casing. The sonar, and radar systems were also upgraded to the latest standard. The submarines were equipped with a Type 1002 surface search and navigation radar, Type 187 Active-Passive attack sonar, and Type 2007 long range passive sonar. The Oberons were constructed at a variety of shipyards in the United Kingdom: the six Australian and two Chilean submarines by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company; the three Brazilian submarines by Vickers-Armstrongs; and the three Canadian submarines at Chatham Dockyard. Construction of the British submarines was shared amongst four dockyards: the three mentioned above and Cammell Laird. They were originally armed with eight 21-inch (533.4 mm) torpedo tubes: six tubes in the bow, and two short tubes for anti-submarine defence in the stern. The submarine normally carried a payload of 20 torpedoes for the forward tubes; a mix of Mark 24 Tigerfish and Mark 8 torpedoes, while only the two pre-loaded torpedoes were carried for the stern tubes. Naval mines could be carried instead of torpedoes: the forward torpedo payload would be replaced with up to 50 Mark 5 Stonefish or Mark 6 Sea Urchin mines. Like may vessels these were all modernised during their lifetimes and the class had good longevity due to it remaining a very quiet vessel. The kit The model arrives in the standard small sturdy cardboard box with a picture of one of the class underway. The model, as stated on the box is 129mm long. Inside, beneath the small instruction sheet, the parts are well protected in the companies usual manner with the main, one piece full hull is in a poly sponge wrapper within a bubblewrap cocoon with the other parts, both resin and etch. The six resin parts include the propeller shafts, fore and aft diveplanes, plus the propeller bosses. Etched parts are provided for the propellers, the propeller shaft support brackets and display stand. Detail is very nice and fine with the possible exception of the deck hatches which, as in their other kits are a little deep, but should look ok with a coat or two of paint. Construction is pretty simple, just attach the diveplanes to their relative positions, fold the prop shaft “A” frames and glue into position with the shafts. The propeller blades need to be twisted to shape and glued onto the end of the shafts, and then attach the bosses to the centre of each propeller. There are no painting guides, so research will need to be carried out to assess the correct colours. Conclusion This is another great little model of a British submarine, always a good thing to see, as there are too few of them about. I can easily recommend this to all submarine modellers. Even if you don’t normally build in 1:700, buy one, you never know, it may lead to one in 1:350 being released. Many thanks to OKB Grigorov for supplying the review sample.
  13. Hi everyone, I started another OKB Grigorov kit, this time it it is British Nuffield Assault Tank A.T.2 . I liked the previous build and I acquired the other Nufuields from OKB Grigorov The kit is in 72 scale and I like the level of detail. You can check my previous build here: and the result here: Here are some pics where I am now with the build: @flashlight Nick, I'm waiting for your builds of AT-T and the GT-S
  14. This will be my attempt using The Dad's Army Option. I never though of Iran as having a submarine force, but alas they do, as I discovered as I was browsing Ebay looking for sub kits a while back. I have not built an OKB Grigorov kit before so figured it would be a good excuse to try one out. There are two kits in the box, so I will attempt to build them both at the same time. The kit contains the two resin sub hulls, and a fret of photo etch for each with rear planes, rails, prop, and display stand. It has been quite a while since I have built a 1/700 scale kit, so this will be a challenge all in itself, not to mention these are mini-subs, so in 1/700 this means the hull is under 2" long...…. fits well on my pinky finger
  15. Hello everyone, We have 2 new products, all in 1/72: B72016 Turret for Pz.V Panther, 2 cm Flakvierling, Rheinmetall proposal B72017 Turret for T-34-122, D-11 by Factory No.9 they are available from our shop: http://shop.okbgrigorov.com ...together with several hundreds other sets and kits
  16. Dear all, Here are some images of my recently finished KV-2 Dreadnought from PST in 1:72. This very heavy tank (57 tons) was developed as a bunker buster for the Soviet Army in 1940. Its armour was so thick that the German anti-tank guns couldn't penetrate it. Only the fearsome 88 Flak gun could. On the model I replaced the various handles with brass wire and opened-up the front hatch, meaning I had to scratch build one as well in order to pose it open. I replaced the kit's link-and-length tracks for resin examples from OKB Grigorov, as they are superior to kit parts when it comes to detail. The decals are from the box. For weathering I used a black-brown enamel wash and Tamiya weathering pigments. I hope you like it. Peter
  17. This is OKB Grigorov's British Nuffield Assault Tank A.T.3 in 72 scale. This is a tank which has never been built, even a prototype, it existed only on drawing papers, hence it is called paper tank. I liked the build, you can check it here:
  18. Dear fellow Britmodellers, here's my 1/72 M24 Chaffee from Bulgarian company OKB Grigorov. This was my first build from that manufacturer, and I was pleasantly surprised. The kit has great detail, including metal parts, but it's not easy to assemble. I painted the model with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. All photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest, best greetings from Vienna!
  19. The clever lads at OKB Grigorov have just released a brand new injection moulded M24 Chaffee light tank kit in 1/72nd scale - and it's a real gem! All the hatches are separate pieces. The tracks are length-and-link. The mouldings are very cleanly executed and the finesse of the detail is wonderful. This kit blows away the Hasegawa rendering in all measures. Plus, it's very attractively priced. Even just the "basic" version is only 17EU. US Light Tank M24 Chaffee http://shop.okbgrigorov.com/product/639/us-light-tank-m24-chaffee.html The "Mammoth Edition" is also a bargain when you consider all the photo-etch, resin details, and turned metal gun barrel that comes with it. http://shop.okbgrigorov.com/product/641/us-light-tank-m24-chaffee-mammoth-edition-1-0.html
  20. Dear Friends, I would like to notify all of you about latest new items that arrived in our shop's stock. - Palm leaves type #1, Green from DAN Models in 1:35 scale (DAN35219) - Palm leaves type #3, Green from DAN Models in 1:35 scale (DAN35221) - Palm leaves type #5, Green from DAN Models in 1:35 scale (DAN35223) - Fern 1/32/1/35: type №6, Green from DAN Models in 1:35 scale (DAN35225) - Vatican swiss guard from ICM in 1:16 scale (ICM16002) - Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.B "King Tiger" with the Henschel turret, late production from ICM in 1:35 scale (ICM35363) - Panhard 178 AMD-35 Command, WWII French armoured vehicle from ICM in 1:35 scale (ICM35375) - Soviet vehicle ZiL-131, Emergency service from ICM in 1:35 scale (ICM35518) - German Sturmtruppen, 1918 from ICM in 1:35 scale (ICM35692) - WWII German bomber Do 17Z-2 from ICM in 1:72 scale (ICM72304) - Tracks for Pz.III/IV, 40 cm, type 5 from OKB Grigorov in 1:72 scale (OKB-S72054) - Sprocket wheel for T-34,mod.1940, type 2 (6 pcs) from OKB Grigorov in 1:72 scale (OKB-S72079) Sincerely, Alex Scale-model-kits.com - plastic scale model kits on-line shop
  21. In an attempt to break my recent rather poor run in GBs, I'm going for something simple: Revell repop of the ESCI 1/72 M48, upgraded with OKB Grigorov running gear and possibly some etch. My references & aftermarket resources for post-WWII AFVs are virtually non-existant, so any help with details and advice on potential sources for suitable decals would be very welcome.
  22. This model has been repainted at least 3 times now, i'm finally happy with the waterline markings which are painted on (a first for me). Also used halfords rattle cans after reading what other modellers use, i like the primer its a great finish. Alex
  23. Happy New Year All, Heres 2 versions of the Virginia Class in 1/700, Firstly the Block I-II with the VLS in the nose as used in the Lose Angeles Flight III, sorry about close up pics did try to show the hatch and sonar detail which is there crisp and clear in the moulding. This one has been partially assembled leaving just the impeller to be fitted. Secondly the Block III example, the main differences being the two circular hatches in the nose for the VLS (from the ohio ssgn) and the updated sonar array also this model includes front diving planes whereas the earlier model doesnt.
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