FNSS Plastic Battle Armour Modelling Show Continues, with Emphasis on Sustainability

19 Kasım 2019
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You can read the special coverage published in the October 2019 Issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review here:

 

In what has become a traditional event, FNSS organised the 12th Plastic Battle Armour Modelling Show on August 31–September 1. Contestants competed in 10 different categories at the event, which attracted significant attention from many modelers of different ages. The winners received their awards during a ceremony held on the second day of the event.

 

Cem Altınışık, Public Relations and Publicity Unit Manager at FNSS

Cem Altınışık, Public Relations and Publicity Unit Manager at FNSS

 

Delivering a speech at the ceremony, Cem Altınışık, Public Relations and Publicity Unit Manager at FNSS, emphasized the importance of sustainability in competitions of this kind, adding that the event was being organised by volunteers for the 12th time under the slogan “Produce, Have Fun, Share”. Altınışık thanked everyone for taking part in the competition, after which, awards were presented in 10 different categories, with two special additional awards.

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Competing in the Diorama category with his model, Zoran Markovic (right), Ambassador of Serbia to Turkey, shared the third place award.

Competing in the Diorama category with his model, Zoran Markovic (right), Ambassador of Serbia to Turkey, shared the third place award.

The categories and special awards included:Resim1Eng

  • Military Tracked Land Vehicles from the 1914 & 1945 World Wars;
  • Military Wheeled and Semi-Tracked Land Vehicles from the 1914 & 1945 World Wars;
  • Modern Military Land Vehicles from 1945 and Onwards;
  • Military Figures:
    • Historical and/or Military Figures;
    • Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Post-Apocalyptic Figures;
    • Busts;
  • Diorama
  • 1:48 Scale;
  • 1:72 Scale;
  • “What if” Land Vehicles;
  • Military Land Vehicles used by the Turkish Armed Forces;
  • Young Designers;
  • “Best of Show” Award;
  • MINI AFV Special Award.

Some of the above categories were divided into Hobby and Master sub-categories. Companies and clubs from various regions of Turkey participated in and supported the event. The event also saw workshops organized by Murat Özgül and Özgür Güner, two well-known Turkish modellers.

 

The PARS III 8x8 can easily climb gradients of up to 60 percent. Although the two wheels at the very front of the vehicle hung in the air during the last moments of the climb, the remaining six wheels maintained traction, while carrying the full weight of the 8x8 vehicle.

The PARS III 8×8 can easily climb gradients of up to 60 percent. Although the two wheels at the very front of the vehicle hung in the air during the last moments of the climb, the remaining six wheels maintained traction, while carrying the full weight of the 8×8 vehicle.

 

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As in previous years, models of vehicles in the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) inventory also competed in the competition. Among these vehicles were:

  • the OTTER Rapid Deployable Amphibious Wet Gap Crossing System developed by FNSS,
  • the Leopard 2A4 main battle tank,
  • the M113 armoured personnel carrier, and
  • the T-155 FIRTINA howitzer.

 

PARS III 8×8 Demonstrates its Manoeuvrability

The award ceremony was followed by demonstrations by armoured vehicles developed by FNSS, as in previous years. Displaying their manoeuvrability during the demonstrations, the PARS III 8×8 and KAPLAN ATV platforms attracted significant attention among the participants.

The PARS III 8×8 demonstrated its terrain capabilities, climbing a gradient of 60 percent and moving across a 30 percent side slope. The PARS III 8×8 first climbed a 60 percent incline without difficulty. Although the two wheels at the very front of the vehicle hung in the air due to the length of the vehicle during the last moments of the climb, the vehicle completed the climb smoothly thanks to the traction provided by the remaining six wheels. As an aside, it was noted that the suspension of the six wheels still in contact with the ground were strong enough to bear the full weight of the 8×8 vehicle. The vehicle then manoeuvred over a side slope of 30 percent, and the vehicle then performed a series of 90-degree turns as if moving over flat ground. Throughout these manoeuvres, the PARS III 8×8 did not have the appearance of a vehicle that weighs nearly 30 tonnes. Thus, the vehicle showed that it won’t yield under adverse terrain conditions.

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Able to perform neutral steering, the KAPLAN ATV demonstrated the agility one would expect from a tank destroyer.

 

Agile Hunter: KAPLAN ATV

After the PARS III 8×8, the KAPLAN ATV, one of the vehicles developed under the Anti-Tank Vehicle (ATV) Project carried out by the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), took to the stage. To carry out its main task – tank hunting – effectively, the KAPLAN ATV first needs to deploy to a suitable firing position, attack its target and then leave the position as quickly as possible, without being exposed to counter-fire from enemy units. All of during which, the vehicle needs to be very agile and quick.

The vehicle demonstrated its ability to fulfil its roles thanks to its manoeuvrability, and proved itself as an effective tank destroyer. Furthermore, the hard braking by the vehicle while moving at high speed revealed its robustness, despite its agility.

After the vehicle displays, the participants had the opportunity to inspect the vehicles produced by FNSS up close.

After the vehicle displays, the participants had the opportunity to inspect the vehicles produced by FNSS up close.

 

The winners of the Masters sub-category of the Military Tracked Land Vehicles 1914 & 1945 World Wars category received their awards from Haldun Olgun (centre), Business Development Manager at FNSS.

The winners of the Masters sub-category of the Military Tracked Land Vehicles 1914 & 1945 World Wars category received their awards from Haldun Olgun (centre), Business Development Manager at FNSS.

 

Cem Altınışık, Public Relations and Publicity Unit Manager at FNSS, together with Young Modelers

Cem Altınışık, Public Relations and Publicity Unit Manager at FNSS, together with Young Modelers

 

The model of the OTTER, developed by FNSS, competed in the Military Land Vehicles used by TAF category.

The model of the OTTER, developed by FNSS, competed in the Military Land Vehicles used by TAF category.

 

Model of the T-155 FIRTINA howitzer

Model of the T-155 FIRTINA howitzer

 

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