ACE-72109 1/72 BRM-1 Soviet Reconnaissance Vehicle model kit
BRM-1 is similar to the BMP-1 but the 'Sagger' ATGW launcher over the 73 mm gun has been removed and a 'Tall Mike' (NATO designation) surveillance radar is mounted in the rear part of the turret also a bank of electrically operated smoke grenade dischargers added to the turret rear firing forwards. The radar is retracted into the turret until required when a hatch opens towards the rear and the radar is elevated above the turret roof. The PSNR-5K radar has a maximum range of 10 000 m and other equipment carried by the vehicle includes a DKRM-1 (1 D8) laser rangefinder, an ARRS-1 location device, an IMP mine detector and 1PN33B night binoculars. Navigation equipment carried includes a TNA-1, an 1/31 IN gyro compass and a 1T25 survey device.
Ace 1/72 BRM-1 Soviet Reconnaissance Vehicle model kit. Pic.1
This version has a six-man crew and armament consists of one 73 mm 2A28 gun, one 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun and six smoke grenade dischargers. As it has a different battlefield mission, it has a smaller number of firing ports and vision devices than BMP-1 IFV.
The hull of the BMP-1 is made of all-welded steel which provides the crew with protection from small arms fire and shel! splinters. The driver sits at the front of the hull on the left side and has a single piece hatch cover that opens to the right. The commander is seated behind the driver and has a cupola that can be traversed through a full 360°.An infra-red searchlight is mounted on the commander's cupola and controlled from inside the vehicle. The engine and transmission are to the right of the driver's and commander's positions with the steering system at the front of the hull.
Main armament of the BMP-1 is a 73 mm Model 2A28 smooth-bore, low pressure, short-recoil gun . This is fed from a 40-round magazine to the right rear of the gunner. After each round is fired the gun is returned to an elevation of +3° 30' for reloading. The weapon fires a fixed fin-stabilised HEAT round with an initial velocity of 440 m/s which increases to 700 m/s once the projectile has left the barrel and a rocket motor cuts in. The projectile is the same as that used in the SPG-9 infantry weapon and has a maximum effective range of 1300 m. Mounted coaxially to the right of the main armament is a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun which is fed from a continuous belt of 2000 rounds honeycombed in an ammunition box mounted below the weapon. There is a turret ventilator system for extracting fumes.
The BRM-1 is fully amphibious being propelled in the water by its tracks, the BRM-1 was first used in combat by Russian Army Air Assault Forces in Afghanistan and probably by Russian Army in Chechnya.