|IS-3 Company for "Fate Of A Nation"|
I note with a casual glance at the calendar that this time of year is often referred to by many as "summer". I too can remember these alleged "summers" growing up here in Winnipeg. They were brief, even joyous respites from the hellish siege-like conditions of a prairie winter, typically lasting around three months. During these "summers", my paint production would plummet because, well, you want to be outside riding a bike, walking, visiting, gardening, BBQ ing, etc. But Mother Nature, following up on the worst winter in over 100 years, is continuing her "see you next Tuesday" mission statement for 2014, obliterating the long weekend in a blast of wind and endless rain. (We are relatively lucky here in Winnipeg, sheltering behind flood defences that are marvels of engineering - my thoughts to any out there affected, particularly my friends in Westman and Saskatchewan, who may not be so lucky when it comes to flooding).
|I used the bristles from a hair brush to represent antennas|
|These are hefty models - really big, scary tanks (or scary looking, at least)|
As I said before, I love the look of this tank. It seems like it should be scary as hell on the battlefield, although by 1967 it sounds like there were fading in terms of their impact. I thought six tanks would be a good size for a company - on paper I think a Soviet-style tank company is like nine to 11 tanks, but given the mechanical issues of these old beasts, getting six into action is pretty good!
|Top view, showing some of the weathering on the deck and top of the turret|
|Another top view of the vehicles|
|Ready to face the IDF!|
And I sincerely hope that wherever you might be reading this, you at least get a summer, or failing that, are not facing damage (or worse) from the scary weather than can accompany the season. Meantime, the North American prairie climate can basically just go f*ck itself with a rusty chainsaw...