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Eastern Express-Better Than I Thought?
long_tom
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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 01:43 PM UTC
I happened to be looking through kit reviews and noted that Eastern Express reportedly does the most accurate of all the BMD-2 models. With that in mind, how good are their kits? Many other companies are hit and miss I know.
grunt136mike
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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 02:35 PM UTC
Hi;

Eastern Express always were in about the same class as Skif, Zvesda and A couple of others; as far as the BMDs were concerned the BMD-1/2 series were all about the same quality wise There mane weak points were the tracks and the Guns. As far as the BMD-2; I prefer the Panda kit, altho it still needs AM sets to enhance its appeal !
I keep waiting for Trumpeter to announce that they are going to do the BMDs ! Well lets Hope So Anyway.

CHEERS; MIKE.
MrCompletely
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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 03:41 PM UTC
Unless they've improved their moulds in the last few years you're in for a bit of work; do NOT expect anything like Tamiya/Dragon. They can be made passable, but I decided I wasn't willing to put that much effort in, so I haven't gone near them for over a decade.
long_tom
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Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 07:24 PM UTC
I didn't know Panda made BMD kits. Thanks for the heads up.
grunt136mike
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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 12:44 PM UTC
Hi;

This maybe A Lil/off topic; One of the reason's that the BMDs were appealing atleast for Me, was on the real vehicles there suspension's were moveable, meaning that they could either Raise or lower the entire vehicle. And when lowered all the way down they were almost laying flat on the ground; And on some of my BMDs, I have made them that way. On the kit's you have that option; As for myself it makes for something different looking in my collection.
And there are other kit maker's who gave you that choice;
Tamiya; With there Type-74 and Trumpy, with there ZLC-2000 IFVs !!

CHEERS; MIKE.
18Bravo
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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 01:40 PM UTC
Nothing at all wrong with their MSTS-S. The complicated multi faceted turret went together like a breeze. Bu8lt in sag in the tracks, VERY well engineered. Not your granddad's Eastern Expfress kit.
long_tom
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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 02:34 PM UTC

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Nothing at all wrong with their MSTS-S. The complicated multi faceted turret went together like a breeze. Bu8lt in sag in the tracks, VERY well engineered. Not your granddad's Eastern Expfress kit.


I know Zvezda's kit of dog bomb soldiers is actually quite nice. I wanted to be sure where unexpected treasure might lie.
Bravo1102
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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 09:57 PM UTC
You never know what you'll find in an Eastern Express box. Could be a new mold, or an ancient piece from some long forgotten company.

A little research is your friend. Some Eastern European internet shops put up sprue pictures and you never know when you'll be pleasantly surprised.
MassimoTessitori
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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 11:16 PM UTC
Hi,
I built the BMD-2 of Eastern Express some years ago, and I still consider it as a decent kit.
I had to work on the lamp support, on the gun muzzle, some scratchbuilt grilles, but it turned out decent.
The teeth of the tracks were somewhat too short and not had reverse tapering at their end, but I had to accept this and they weren't bad for other things.
Yes, I already had it in my stash when the Panda one was issued, could be that I would have acted differently If I hadn't it already.
Anyway I was discouraged to buy the Panda because a review said that gluing all the small teeth of the tracks, two for each link, was a nightmare.
The kit of Skif looks worse: I have their BMD-1 but the link-to-link tracks are without the outer nervures and I read that there are some issues on the gun and hyposcopes.
Skif has some vehicles related to BMD in their catalogue, as the Anona 120 mm sp howitzer; if one wants to make a thematic collection of these vehicles without expensive kitbashing, it could be better to have all them from the same firm to avoid unpleasing comparisons.
long_tom
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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:13 AM UTC

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Hi,
I built the BMD-2 of Eastern Express some years ago, and I still consider it as a decent kit.
I had to work on the lamp support, on the gun muzzle, some scratchbuilt grilles, but it turned out decent.
The teeth of the tracks were somewhat too short and not had reverse tapering at their end, but I had to accept this and they weren't bad for other things.
Yes, I already had it in my stash when the Panda one was issued, could be that I would have acted differently If I hadn't it already.
Anyway I was discouraged to buy the Panda because a review said that gluing all the small teeth of the tracks, two for each link, was a nightmare.
The kit of Skif looks worse: I have their BMD-1 but the link-to-link tracks are without the outer nervures and I read that there are some issues on the gun and hyposcopes.
Skif has some vehicles related to BMD in their catalogue, as the Anona 120 mm sp howitzer; if one wants to make a thematic collection of these vehicles without expensive kitbashing, it could be better to have all them from the same firm to avoid unpleasing comparisons.


I know aftermarket gun barrels for the Eastern Express kit are available. If that kit is good enough I may go ahead with it in the future.