The BMP-1 is a Soviet amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle. BMP stands for Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty 1, meaning "infantry fighting vehicle"
About this creation
The first Soviet vehicle to be developed from the outset with the needs of a nuclear battlefield in mind was the BMP. It was intended to replace the BTR-50. Design of the BMP began in 1959 as zavodskoe izdeliye 765 Korshun (Kite) in the wake of the doctrinal changes in the Soviet Ground Forces that stressed the need to be able to fight on a nuclear battlefield.
This is Daniel Siskend of Brickmania's BMP-1 design, so no LDD will be provided. The BMP-1 is currently sold out on Brickmania.
The requirement for Project 765 stressed high vehicle speed, good armament and the capability for all members of the squad to fight from within the confines of the vehicle. The original design called for a 23mm autocannon, which was felt to be sufficent to defeat comparable vehicles, such as the German Marder. However, it was later insisted that the vehicle have anti-tank capability
The infantry squad configuration selected for Project 735 was unique at the time, though it has come quite commonplace. Eight members of the squad are seated in the rear, back-to-back, facing outwards. Six firing ports and associated periscopes are positioned are positioned on each side and two more towards the rear. The turret is in front of the crew compartment, with the driver and squad commander in front of that.
Main armament is the 73 mm 2A28 "Grom" low pressure smoothbore semi-automatic gun. It is fed from a forty round magazine located around the turret ring. Cyclic rate of fire is 8 to 10 rounds per minute, with the gun returning to an elevation of +3° 30' to reload after each shot if the autoloader is used. The gun can be reloaded by hand if necessary. The 2A28 'Grom' smoothbore gun fires the same PG-15V projectiles as the SPG-9 infantry light recoilless gun but with a smaller propellant charge. The PG-15V HEAT warhead can penetrate 280 to 350 mm (11 to 14 in) of steel armor – more than enough to penetrate the frontal armor of NATO MBTs of the 1970s, such as the US M60A1, the British Chieftain or the German Leopard 1.
The BMP-1 was first tested in combat in the 1973 Yom Kippur War where it was used by Egyptian and Syrian forces. Based on lessons learned from this conflict and early experiences in the Soviet War in Afghanistan, a version with improved fighting qualities, the BMP-2 was developed. It was accepted into service in August 1980.
In 1987, the BMP-3, a radically redesigned vehicle with a completely new weapon system, entered service in limited numbers with the Soviet Army.
Weight - 13.2 tons
Length - 6.735 m
Width - 2.94 m
Height - 2.068 m
Crew - 3 (commander, driver and gunner) + 8 passengers
Armor - 6–33 mm welded rolled steel
Main armament - 73 mm 2A28 Grom (40 rounds), 9M14 Malyutka ATGM (4 rounds)
Secondary armament - 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machinegun (2,000 rounds)
Fuel capacity - 462 l
Range - 500 km off-road
Speed - 45 km/h off-road, 7–8 km/h water
Very nice work Nathan. From what I can tell, you have built a very accurate model of the BMP. I do not know a lot about more "modern" vehicles, but yours looks to have great features and details from front to back. I always love the brick built flags as well. Well done.