Soviet Ball Tank “Sharotank”
MiniArt, 1/35 scale
Reviewed by Jason Woollett
This is the first “what if” subject from Mini Art, who have recently released some great armour kits, some with full interiors and this ball tank is a fascinating addition to their range.
Inside the box, you get 23 light grey sprues of various sizes, a single sprue of clear parts as well as a beautiful printed decal sheet. There are approximately 195 parts to assemble.
The instruction manual offers colour pictures of the various schemes and provide well laid out, easy to follow assembly processes. The colour charts have references for nine different paint manufacturers, so it should be easy for everyone to match the painting guide with their favourite paint company.
Whilst this is a what–if subject, Mini Art has seen fit to give it a full interior, which is quite visible with the two hatches open. This includes a motor, transmission, radiator, seats, machine guns, cannon as well as ammunition racks filled with rounds.
Besides the paint schemes, the only option is to have the hatches opened or closed.
From the box you can use the following paint/decal schemes:
After so many Paper Panzers being released over the years, I love that Mini Art has decided to release something that’s different, and that the modeller can have some fun with without having to worry about it representing the real thing.
Thanks Mini Art, and I hope you release a lot more what –ifs in this series from other nations as well!
Thanks to MiniArt via Creative Models Australia for the sample www.creativemodels.com.au