This has been a long planned and long prepared project of mine (and will
hopefully continue to develop once I have more space) but I think Im finally
happy enough with it to post pictures. Ive tried to recreate Moscow in the
early 80s before perestroika and globalisation altered the city forever. Ive
attempted to keep as much as possible authentic to the era although I believe
the bus may actually be a St Petersburg livery rather than a Moscow one. Id be
really happy to hear of any inaccuracies or mistakes from people that have lived
in Moscow at that time so I can improve it.
The whole thing sits on a 96x48 base and the street level covers 96x40 (plus a
little extra for tram track). In total there are eight cars (four Zaz 968s, one
ZAZ 965 and three Gaz Volgas), one traffic police van, a Zil bus, a Tatra T-3
tram and an 81-717 Metro train. Total piece count is probably around 5000
I have to extend a great deal of thanks to Alexander Horoshilov and Derek Schin
for their help. Alexander very kindly found me a bunch of Russian language
reference sites with photos of Moscow (including some from the very era I was
interested in) and Derek very kindly took some snapshots for me last time he was
in Moscow. Without this help I could never have got this far. Thanks too to Tim
David for pushing me and giving advice on the diorama along thw way.
Anyway, enough talk,
I had some good lighting today so I took some good shots of my latest Moscow
related vehicle, a RaF 2203 van in Moscow traffic police colours.
BS (when modded)
Since those shots turned out so well (at least as far as my mediocre photography
goes) I decided to also shoot an almost full (without the Moscow Metro and GAZ
Pobeda) line-up of my Moscow vehicles
which includes shots of a very basic GAZ Volga as a taxi and private car as well
as the others Ive posted about before.
Anyway, suggestions and criticism welcome.
PS. And I just noticed that Id left a spare piece hanging off one of the flags
of the bus... and of course now the sun has gone... well, pretend its not
My version of a Tatra T-3 tram from
Moscow. This one has gone through numerous iterations to finally get it to look
satisfactory. Apologies for the one blue window but I figured it was a
replacement after some vandals broke the original.
PS. Also featuring the tram tracks I mentioned yesterday.
Just a little
switcher. I thought it was cute and relatively challenging but not too much so
it was perfect for a quick build to procrastinate on my main projects.
Please comment whether good or bad.
Finding myself between projects I decided to finally finish off this train which
Ive had almost finished for a while. Its a
ChS2t electric loco and
has to be one of the tallest (and probably biggest) locos around. Although I
usually prefer to make former-USSR stock seven-wide because of the width of the
prototypes, I designed this one six-wide in order to better show the height.
Please let me know what you think and/or any additional info about this train.