#659 Stridsvagn 103
Practicing some hull-down diorama effects with the Swedish Stridsvagn 103 using the Trumpeter 1:72 kit (no electronics).
The Stridsvagn 103 (Strv 103) is a Swedish main battle tank used between 1967 and 1997.
It was the first main battle tank to use a gas turbine engine, but it is mainly distinguished by the lack of a turret for the main gun. The result was a very low-profile design with an emphasis on survivability and heightened crew protection level. It was replaced by the Leopard 2 variants Stridsvagn 121 and Stridsvagn 122.
While turret-less armoured fighting vehicles are usually classified as assault guns or tank destroyers, the Strv 103 is considered a tank since that matched its designated combat role.
|70.897 Bronce Green
|70.843 Cork Brown
|RLM66 Black Gray
|70.862 Black Grey
|RLM82 Light Green
|70.891 Intermediate Green
|70.908 Carmine Red
The kits goes together beautifully, so it was ready to start painting in no time.
Starting to lay down the camouflage scheme with rough masking and an airbrush..
Basic camouflage painting completed:
On a small base with some mud and bushes. Needs more work I think to blend it all in and make more life-like..