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GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« on: June 21, 2022, 09:54:54 AM »
I've had the Trumpeter GAZ 39371 "Vodnik" for a while, but haven't had a "use case" for it yet. The Vodnik is modular, with various boxes that can be added to the rear section for different missions. The rear module in the Trumpeter kit has a 14.5mm KPVT in a BMP style turret. The gun and turret are nicely detailed, but it just didn't interest me.
Instead, I decided to make it into a "pickup" with the rear area configured to support a long distance scouting mission:



This kit has been on my bench for a while - at least three full builds have been completed since I started tinkering with this kit.

The cargo area floor is from an ABS printing raft, with styrene sheets for the walls. The kit's fit is outstanding (with a little sanding) so I may just press fit the crew compartment on and not glue it in place.

My "internal working name" is "Gopnik Pickup truck" but I'm not going to make this a Russian vehicle - I may go with Ukrainian or Uruguayan.
I started by adding a side door for the rear compartment. I cut a hole for the hatch and moved the front module lifting handle forward and added a rain gutter from a leftover strip of ABS support from a printing project.



The hatch is two pieces of styrene, cut to fit in the hole:



 I've since added a hinge from a Stryker hatch (from the great AFV Club M151 kit) and some other hardware.

Here the crew compartment so far:



The cabin lights are just clear sprues sanded round and painted with Tamiya clear blue (the Prime Portal walkaround shows similar lights). The fire extinguisher is from a Tristar Panzer 38(t) interior kit. with a scratchbuilt hose and handles.  I made a second one from a section of sprue (not installed yet). The speaker is from the 3D printed PRC radio from another thread. The white box is a first aid kit made from a couple of parts from the Panzer 38(t) kit. The rear compartment has a 3D printed 24" monitor, an M151 joystick and a seat from a Military Wheels UAZ-469 kit.

Top view with the "bored buy at the computer" in the seat, for a size reference:





Here's a view from the rear seat. the radio and handset are from the PRC radio I recently printed:



There isn't much room in the front, so I limited the amount of gear. I may add a couple of objects then start painting. I'm thinking of a light green lower section (similar the the color on now) with a light blue (or light gray) and black, camo pattern similar to this KZT-537L - maybe a digital camo version:



I'm also thinking of adding one of the external fuel tanks and mounts from a Tamiya T-62 to the rear of the cab.

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2022, 10:34:30 AM »
That's looking good! Nice idea to convert it to a pickup.

I was looking for the version without the gun turret but Trumpeter never released one. Uruguay uses the one without the turret.


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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2022, 10:44:01 AM »
You could do M113-style long range tanks.

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2022, 10:54:33 AM »
The original design is modular. The front and rear are interchangeable. Here are some different versions including a mortar carrier similar in design to your pickup version.







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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2022, 05:40:02 PM »
Nice work

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2022, 11:24:32 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions! I was thinking of doing a straight across cargo/crew module for the rear, like the Uruguayan version. The turreted module in the Trumpeter kit (and in the real vehicle) is stepped, making it taller than the crew module. This bugged me.

The M113 fuel tank is a good idea! I'll see how it looks.

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2022, 12:57:55 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions! I was thinking of doing a straight across cargo/crew module for the rear, like the Uruguayan version. The turreted module in the Trumpeter kit (and in the real vehicle) is stepped, making it taller than the crew module. This bugged me.

The Uruguayan version still has the stepped rear same as the turreted version.

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2022, 06:40:57 AM »
Cool project!   8)

The original design is modular. The front and rear are interchangeable. Here are some different versions including a mortar carrier similar in design to your pickup version.



Nice!  :smiley: Have thought about doing something similar with a German 6x6 Fuchs, inspired by the 8x8 Boxer mission modules.
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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2022, 09:33:59 AM »
Here's the crew module with the blue-gray and dark gray camo. It has a clear coat to get it ready for weathering. I have a few spots to touch up, but it looks OK.





I'll paint the lower section tomorrow, either with a more solid coat of green, with a tan and green camo or green tan and black like the Uruguayan Vodnik.

Ramba, thanks for pointing out the stepped rear module in the Uruguayan version:



from this article, where they're putting out bids for replacement and spare parts

Somehow it doesn't look as tall as the turreted version in the Trumpeter kit. I could add a roof to the current "pickup module" or make a new one similar to the Uruguayan vehicle.

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2022, 10:48:36 PM »

If Ukrainian, it could be a pre-war Illegal Tours of the Chernobyl NoGo Zone truck (as given by Gopniks, because who else is going to be stupid enough to sneak into areas where there are irradiated Cryptoids?)

As for Uraguay, all I could think of is some Expeditionary Vehicle for a mission into the hinterlands to secure some ancient archeological site that just happens to host the legend of lost Spanish loot and the reality of a giant snake. At least that's how I'd write the movie treatment.

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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2022, 11:00:13 PM »
This one gives off an Aliens APC vibe:


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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2022, 11:12:20 PM »
If Ukrainian, it could be a pre-war Illegal Tours of the Chernobyl NoGo Zone truck (as given by Gopniks, because who else is going to be stupid enough to sneak into areas where there are irradiated Cryptoids?)

Here's some hardbass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOlUU8l8j5M

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As for Uraguay, all I could think of is some Expeditionary Vehicle for a mission into the hinterlands to secure some ancient archeological site that just happens to host the legend of lost Spanish loot and the reality of a giant snake. At least that's how I'd write the movie treatment.

They could be used to assist Paraguay in the second (or third) Chaco War
« Last Edit: June 22, 2022, 11:34:19 PM by Frank3k »

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2022, 12:11:39 AM »
Coming along nicely. With it being modular, having different upper/lower camo schemes will look cool!

Here is an up-armored version. It has that look that only a mother could love.
https://external-preview.redd.it/ScnzQaYGXtYMe5dhhwSAEJPtoxYp89qVEVR-fy_89o8.jpg?auto=webp&s=b9b9c4a6e2d68082d9132423d85695da4f595c89
« Last Edit: June 23, 2022, 01:34:36 AM by Ramba »

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2022, 09:22:00 AM »

Here's some hardbass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOlUU8l8j5M
 

Where you're going, you're gonna need harder hardbass.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruwKsSSm0Lc

Or, maybe, this one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEas6OqQSMY


PS: You're giving me ideas for the one in my stash; already started by its previous owner, but I can fix that! ;)
« Last Edit: June 23, 2022, 09:23:51 AM by Old Wombat »
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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2022, 09:31:53 AM »

If Ukrainian, it could be a pre-war Illegal Tours of the Chernobyl NoGo Zone truck (as given by Gopniks, because who else is going to be stupid enough to sneak into areas where there are irradiated Cryptoids?)

As for Uraguay, all I could think of is some Expeditionary Vehicle for a mission into the hinterlands to secure some ancient archeological site that just happens to host the legend of lost Spanish loot and the reality of a giant snake. At least that's how I'd write the movie treatment.

I'd watch both of those movies!  :smiley:
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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2022, 10:45:27 AM »
A movie based on "Sorcerer" or the original "The wages of Fear/ Le Salaire de la Peur" about some sad sack Gopniks given an impossible, deadly task in exchange for some rubles and vodka would be good...

DJ Blyatman is pretty good.

I painted the lower section and cargo walls:





I cleaned up some overspray and evened out the paint - I shouldn't have, based on the Vodnik at Primeportal.

In particular...





The prices for this kit really have gone up since I bought it; it's selling for between $63.50 (Sprue Bros) and $49.99 (Scale Hobbyist). IIRC, I paid around $35-$40.

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« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2022, 07:41:12 PM »
I painted the lower section and cargo walls:





The prices for this kit really have gone up since I bought it; it's selling for between $63.50 (Sprue Bros) and $49.99 (Scale Hobbyist). IIRC, I paid around $35-$40.

The two different camo schemes look great! What colors did you use for the lower camo?

Yeah, I was looking for one a few years ago and the cheapest was in the $50ish range plus shipping. Some prices are still in the $50ish range plus shipping but the majority are in the $60ish plus shipping now. I still want one to do similar to the Uruguayan version but a bit too pricey for me.

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2022, 12:13:32 AM »
Thanks!

I repainted the green to match the pictures - I used Badger Stynylrez Olive Green primer (this line is the best acrylic paint I've ever used). The tan is AK Interactive 3rd Gen Dark Sand, or Sand. This is a great acrylic paint as well - almost too good; it has a high pigment density, so cleaning the airbrush between colors is more involved. The black fenders is AK Interactive 3rd gen Tenebrous Gray.

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2022, 03:54:03 AM »
The closest factory option I could dig up to match your cargo carrier backstory is the mortar schlepper (as previously gang-posted by Ramba), so whoever your current owners turn out to be just popped the mortar deck and lost the baseplate hitch.


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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2022, 04:06:14 AM »
I have the Stalker figures. I may use those.

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« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2022, 09:48:50 AM »
Thanks!

I repainted the green to match the pictures - I used Badger Stynylrez Olive Green primer (this line is the best acrylic paint I've ever used). The tan is AK Interactive 3rd Gen Dark Sand, or Sand. This is a great acrylic paint as well - almost too good; it has a high pigment density, so cleaning the airbrush between colors is more involved. The black fenders is AK Interactive 3rd gen Tenebrous Gray.

Thanks for the paint info. I don't have the Badger Stynylrez Olive Green primer but I do have the black, white and gray from them. I used the Stynylrez black primer last summer but had problems with clogging and splatter. The directions say no thinning necessary so I used it straight from the bottle. My airbrush needle is .4 which is from what I read is the more desirable needle size for using the Stynylrez primer. My psi was also at 20-25psi which I also read is the desirable setting.

Anyway, I will have to pick up some of that Stynylrez Olive Green primer and AK Interactive 3rd Gen Dark Sand as your paint looks really good and very closely matches the color in the images of the Uruguayan vehicle. I have some vehicles to paint in those colors and I like the way yours came out.

Did you lighten the green primer and sand or are they both straight from the bottle?

What color gray did you use for the upper forward cab that is in the gray/black camo?

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2022, 10:52:47 AM »
I know that Badger says that Stynylrez doesn't have to be thinned, but that's BS. I thin it to the classic "skim milk" consistency, which varies a bit by color. Usually 20% isopropyl to 80% paint (although Vallejo air thinner works as well)

The AK Interactive 3rd gen will turn to jelly with isopropyl - use their thinner or the Vallejo air thinner, or water. This paint definitely has to be thinned -50% - 75%: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln3XfeIyO-U

OTOH, it's great for brush painting, too.

The green is straight out of the bottle, just diluted.

The gray is the AK Blue Grey with their Ocean Grey at a 4:2 ratio. The dark gray came out too dark; it's Tenebrous Gray and Ocean Grey at 50:50 mix, I'm going to overspray it with some clear with a few drops of blue gray.

One difference between the Stynylrez and the AK 3rd gen is that you really have to shake up the primer - I put a steel ball in all of my bottles. The AK just needs  few shakes.


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« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2022, 11:45:18 PM »
I know that Badger says that Stynylrez doesn't have to be thinned, but that's BS. I thin it to the classic "skim milk" consistency, which varies a bit by color. Usually 20% isopropyl to 80% paint (although Vallejo air thinner works as well)

The AK Interactive 3rd gen will turn to jelly with isopropyl - use their thinner or the Vallejo air thinner, or water. This paint definitely has to be thinned -50% - 75%: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln3XfeIyO-U

OTOH, it's great for brush painting, too.

The green is straight out of the bottle, just diluted.

The gray is the AK Blue Grey with their Ocean Grey at a 4:2 ratio. The dark gray came out too dark; it's Tenebrous Gray and Ocean Grey at 50:50 mix, I'm going to overspray it with some clear with a few drops of blue gray.

One difference between the Stynylrez and the AK 3rd gen is that you really have to shake up the primer - I put a steel ball in all of my bottles. The AK just needs  few shakes.

Thanks again! I do have IPA, mineral spirits and distilled water I got specifically for thinning different paints. I will have to test them out as soon as the weather allows me to.

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2022, 02:04:41 AM »
You should be able to spray acrylics indoors, especially if you get a spray booth like this or make a similar one; just put the exhaust hose in a window. The filters (it's a two layer furnace style filter, but you can use a carbon based one as well) are very effective at trapping paint particles and droplets. Very little if any smell gets past it (although I still use a mask to spray paint).

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #26 on: June 25, 2022, 08:29:22 AM »
Getting there - most of the small bits are on; next is some light weathering and fixing paint issues (like the tires)

Rear view - I knocked the pickup module off. Trumpeter made some odd choices with the clear parts and lights. Parts that should have been clear were in gray plastic and others that should have been solid in clear:



I used the Hasegawa interference plastic on the periscopes. The prisms didn't fit well. I modified the headlights - I removed the IR lights, added clear lenses (from the Lindberg Lunar Lander)and re-attached the IR gear:



I have to clean up some paint issues on the sides; still, this is close to what I envisioned. I may add a small telescope and other optics to the roof. I tried an M151 CROWS and it just looked wrong, even with a Mk. 19 grenade launcher. Trumpeter also made a strange (and poor) choice for the wheel attachments. The wheels have a poly cap that lets the tires roll freely.  This is then connected to a plastic plate that glues onto a small attachment point. Keeping the wheels aligned was a chore:

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2022, 08:52:36 AM »
Like this work, practical design and great modelling.

Just the vehicle to the the guys who are "in the rear with the gear" closer to where it is needed

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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #28 on: June 26, 2022, 09:59:31 AM »
In the home stretch now. I repainted the cargo area and added reinforcing ribs to the interior:





The crew compartment is a little wonky because I didn't press it down all the way. The crew hatches are just held in place by friction. The latches are from the Stryker bits in the M151 kit. The forward camera is a modified periscope (also from the M151 kit). It has an anti reflection coating:



I took it outside to get a some pictures in the late afternoon Sun. The weathering is pretty minimal and I'll probably keep it that way:







It has a satin coat but for some reason it looks glossy in some of those pictures. It looks fine in normal light. Still to add is some cargo. The bored guy is at his post inside the crew compartment, but I couldn't keep the side hatch open.

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« Reply #29 on: June 26, 2022, 10:05:31 AM »
Looking great Frank!  Will be an ideal asset for the annual iron harvest.  :smiley:
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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2022, 02:32:39 AM »
Gopnik on the driver's side looks like he's relieving himself in the corner.

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« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2022, 07:24:17 AM »
Gopnik on the driver's side looks like he's relieving himself in the corner.

Big night. Big hangover. Can't find the rear gate. Lucky it's not #2's. ;)
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Re: GAZ 39371 Vodnik pickup - 1/35
« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2022, 09:09:56 AM »
Urinating Gopnik has volunteered to go to front lines in Ukraine. As is - no weapons, body armor or helmet. Just a bottle of vodka.

I think I'm done with this (at least for now).

Comrade Bezos has made an appearance. The upper hatches are still just friction fit, so they're wonky. Typical for Russian hardware, so accurate.:



The manual pump for the 50 gallon/200 liter fuel tank is scratch made:





Thanks for following along!


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« Reply #34 on: June 28, 2022, 12:49:08 PM »
Fantastic job, Frank! Really like it; it looks the part! :smiley: :smiley: 8)
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« Reply #35 on: June 28, 2022, 07:55:20 PM »
Terrific job! The two different types of camo looks great!

Verlinden has a 1/35 set with one soldier doing #1 and another doing #2.
https://www.scalemates.com/kits/verlinden-productions-1472-things-do--140515

Bravo-6 also has a 1/35 soldier doing #1.
https://archive.armorama.com/review/13262/index.htm

There are other 1/35 figures doing #1 but don't want to overwhelm you with them all :smiley: :smiley: