Again, this will be of more interest to operational wargamers …and will enhance air defence assets.
I’m just going to do a post here rather than a feature on the modelling page as this is a one off … a Zvezda truck plus a lamp from a naval parts range (picked up in the model shop) – everything else is scrap/scratch-built.
I replaced the Zis bed with the slightly longer one from the Opel Blitz and cut and lowered it but I declined to do a full Zis-12 conversion as it didn’t seem essential to model all features exactly.
I then fabricated a chassis and cradle to carry the light. As the assembled components are differently coloured it is pretty easy to see how the bits have come together in the WIP photo …
The lamp I had picked up looks a little smaller than the standard Russian air defence searchlight – but as the example bottom right in the picture below shows, some variations are possible …
I decided to leave the lamp’s plastic lens clear and the interior white – and it seems to have worked … in the photos it picks up the camera flash quite strikingly I think.
I picked up the bits for this quite some time back so this ‘Zis-12’ is another outstanding project ticked-off and delivered. Although a bit fiddly at times it was pretty straightforward, really and I am pleased with the results.