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#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.

Paint Scheme

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
Camo IJN Green H59 70.897 Bronce Green
Camo Sandy Brown C19 70.843 Cork Brown
Camo RLM66 Black Gray C116 70.862 Black Grey
Camo RLM82 Light Green C122 70.891 Intermediate Green
tail lights Red H3 70.908 Carmine Red
Tracks Flat Black H12 70.950 Black
Tracks Burnt Iron H76 Humbrol 53

Build Log

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..





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