Modelcollect 1/72 Baikal Air Defence Post

Each S-300 battalion/system includes a 54K6E command post. This command post entered service along with the S-300 air defense system in 1978. The design combined a command post cabin with a MAZ-7910 chassis, and included a telescoping mast for the radio datalink which networked all of the battery elements. The design progressively evolved as the S-300P family of missiles evolved. The 83M6E2 designation is reserved for a paired 64N6E2 Big Bird acquisition radar and a 54K6E2 command post.  The 83M6E and 83M6E2 combat management centers introduced in the 1980s and 1990s are intended to link up to six S-300PMU2 or S-300PMU1 air defense systems into a single air defense system providing a six-fold combined engagement capability.

The only people making the 54K6E are Modelcollect.

The kit arrives in a sturdy top opening box. Inside the box, as you can see in the video, everything is bagged inside a resealable bag. The sprues are all in grey plastic

The number of parts is:

  • 224 plastic parts on 5 sprues
  • 9 clear parts on 1 sprue
  • 2 small PE frets containing 9 parts
  • 9 rubber wheels
  • One small decal sheet

There’s a high level of detail on this kit is very impressive, especially for 1/72 scale, and the part count is very high for a 1/72 scale kit too. The sprue attachment points are small and won’t take much clean up and the ejector pin marks are all on the sprues themselves as far as I can see and so won’t need any dealing with.

The instruction booklet is a 14 pages of glossy paper showing the build on 8 pages in 18 steps. There are 3 pages containing colour painting guides. The first page is some background info about the Baikal Air Defence Command Post and the second page shows the sprue layouts.

The build instructions are in black and white and are of a good size and clarity and there’s not too much on each step. The steps are:

  1. Building the engine from 15 parts.
  2. Putting together some small transmission parts
  3. Putting the main parts of the chassis together using the parts from the previous 2 steps along with new parts
  4. Building crossbeams and suspension
  5. Adding the parts from step 4 to the chassis
  6. Making 2 fuel tanks
  7. Attaching fuel tanks and cross beams to the chassis
  8. Add the rubber wheels to the chassis.
  9. Adding the bed to the back of the chassis
  10. Adding the 4 walls to the command post on the back of the chassis. Note there isn’t an interior to the command post/
  11. Adding roof and left hand doors to the command post
  12. Adding right hand doors to the command post
  13. Adding containers between the cab and the control post
  14. Adding aerials
  15. Adding cab interior parts
  16. Adding doors and small parts to the cab
  17. Adding the cab exterior to the chassis
  18. Adding one last part, a guard that goes under the engine

The painting instructions give Ammo paints throughout. The painting guides themselves full colour and easy to understand. Decal placement is also on these diagrams although as you can see in the image gallery they’re not actually labelled.

The decals themselves look very nice, with almost no backing film visible. As usual with Modelcollect there are a few extra decals that are not shown on the painting guides.

I found this kit for sale for $19.99 at Lucky Model.

Overall this is a very nicely detailed kit with the plastic itself has some fine details and the kit as a whole has a large part count and hence lots of details. It will stand out from the crowd on the shelf.

Many thanks to Modelcollect for sending the sample for review.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International

Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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