Modelkrak 1/72 "Russian" Austin
By Matt Bittner
While building a new early armored car (the GB Modelli Fiat Terni) I wanted to look up the other early armored cars I have built. Eleven years ago I finished this "Russian" Austin from ModelKrak, and decided to re-publish the article with updated new photos in our new format.
HistoryArmored Cars of Russian Army, 1906-1917 - is unfortunately all in Cyrillic. Since I don't read Cyrillic - and I'm not sure how this book is broken up in terms of chapters - I am unsure of which section to have translated to provide a history of these cars. Be that as it may, I still feel this book is an extremely valuable resource on early Russian armored cars.
It appears that the "Russian" Austin was actually a very late-war, WW1 design, and it appears there weren't a lot manufactured. There is one photo in the above-mentioned book, making this an extremely elusive armored car.
Since the kit did not include the drive shaft I fashioned one out of brass rod.
Final Assembly and Painting