At the front left of the turret we again see a sensor array (parts E5 and E36) attached in the instructions. My references only show mounting bolts in this area so bear that in mind with a parade/demo T-15 rather than an operational T-15. That being said I have seen the front and rear side sensors mounted on the Kuganets-25 turret so I know that they can be mounted.
With all this firepower on an unmanned turret you need optics and sensors. The Bumerang-BM turret does not disappoint in this manner. There are two large optics boxes that attach to the turret. One is on the forward part of the turret to the right of the auto cannon. The other is mounted to the left of the mantlet inset on the turret. Each box consists of three parts. The good part is the assembly matches the actually seams on the real boxes. There are thirteen optics ports between the two boxes. Sights, range finding Day sights, thermal sights, lasers for range finding, lasers for tracking….it has it all. The sensors on the real T-15 have a futuristic golden metallic sheen that is likely produced from anti-laser filters. In my opinion Panda missed a great opportunity to include some type of golden reflective decals or stickers to maximize the detail of all of the visible optics. I’ll be looking at options to replicate this effect when I get to the finishing stage.
The rest of the turret details include some lifting eyes, another sight or sensor head on the front of the turret, access hatch grab handles, and a PE grill on the right side of the turret.
In regards to the level of the detail on the turret itself there are visible raised bolt heads and they match the patterns on the real turret. Hinge details are acceptable as well. The moulded grab handles might be suited for replacement with thinner wire or brass rod. There are only four of them so not a big chore.
Step 20 in the mandatory plopping of the turret on the hull. Model companies want to make sure you place the turret where it should actually go.
Voila! The T-15 Armata from top to bottom and then some.
I am excited to actually start putting blade to plastic and get on with building this beasty.
Now, I could build it out of box and be done with it. However, Voyager Model has released a couple of sets that will add some additional details to the Panda T-15 Armata kit. Let’s take a look at the detail sets as the build begins.