Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 11:37 PM UTC
Some news from Panda has the Soviet Airborne version of the BMP on the way in 1/35 scale.
Panda has announced a BMD-1, this amphibious tracked vehicle is thought of as the airborne version of the BMP. Designed in the late 1960s, the Soviets were in need of a vehicle that was transportable by the Antonov An-12 to support airborne troops. According the box art, the kit will also include photo-etched for some extra detail.

PH35004 Russian BMD-1

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I'll wait for pictures of the sprues before being too optimistic. I'm really interested in seeing how they will tackle the track link shape.
APR 03, 2014 - 10:44 PM
Greetings! We are taking pre-orders for this new Panda kit. Here is the link: LINK ETA is mid-late next month. Thanks and Best Regards, Ken & Mary Ellen Lawrence Pacific Coast Models, Inc. LINK [email protected]
APR 04, 2014 - 03:30 AM
Panda nightmare ATV and Tunguska drove me up the wall hopefuly trumpeter bring one out.
APR 04, 2014 - 03:42 AM
Agree. Two really hard bones... Considering those previous kits, I'm not too optimistic about this new release Let's wait to see the actual sprues -not only a box-art- and also let's hope I'm wrong
APR 04, 2014 - 04:54 AM
I won't lose any sleep over it. It's not like there is no other good kits in plastic (unlike the M103 for instance, Dragon messed it up but you have no alternative), as discussed over on the Russo-Soviet forum the Zvezda kit is really good, provided you upgrade it with aftermarket tracks. https://armorama.kitmaker.net/forums/220524&page=1 Cheers, Christophe
APR 04, 2014 - 07:36 PM
Hi there Panda have kindly sent us a sample of the BMD-1. If you'd like to review it just drop me a line. All the best Rowan
JUN 04, 2014 - 06:32 PM
I got the kit a couple weeks ago and its nice, with slightly finer details then the Zvezda kit, but not a huge leap forward. The Tracks aren't the greatest either...they really didn't capture the shape of the guide teeth properly. If you have the Zvezda kit with updates already, you can pass over this kit.
JUN 06, 2014 - 01:57 AM
Thanks for the heads-up Scott! I still consider the Zvezda kit a nice one, if you take in account its of an "older" generation of kit engineering...
JUN 06, 2014 - 04:16 AM
Hi again Many thanks to Chris Johnson who's stepped up to the mark to tackle this one as his first Review for us. I send the kit off as soon as I can. All the best Rowan
JUN 06, 2014 - 07:50 PM

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