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Assembling The Tank Killer Company Assembling The Tank Killer Company
with Blake Coster

The new all-plastic Tank Killer Company for the Soviet features four different vehicle variants: the SU-100, the SU-85, the SU-85M and the SU-100M. In this article, I'll demonstrate how to assembly each variant. So let's break out the hobby tools and plastic cement and get started.

Learn more about the Tank Killer Company here...
Parts Required For The Lower Hull
Despite there being four different variants included in the box set, they all share the same lower hull. The components required to assemble the lower hull can be seen below highlighted in green on the appropriate frames.
Below: The lower hull highlighted in green on the hull frame.
Below: The tracks on the track frame.
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Assembling The Lower Hull
Step 1. Begin assembly by attaching the tracks to the lower hull section.

Note: Each track has been keyed to correspond with a particular side of the lower hull; this aids in ensuring the correct orientation of the tracks when assembling the miniature.
Below: The orientation keys on the tracks. Below: The orientation keys on the lower hull section.
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Below: The correct alignment for the left-hand side track. Below: The correct alignment for the right-hand side track. Step 2. Attach the tracks to lower hull section.
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Tip: When referring to left- or right-hand side in regards to a Flames Of War miniature, the orientation is determined as if looking at the vehicle from the rear.
Below: The left-hand side track attached to the hull. Below: The right-hand side track attached to the hull. Below: The fully assembled lower hull.
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Assembling The SU-100
The parts highlighted in green represent the components required to assemble the SU-100; the parts highlighted in red are optional and can be used to add some modelling variety to your miniatures if you wish.
Tip: Although regular Hobby Glue can be used to assemble plastic vehicles, we recommend that you use good quality plastic cement instead. It gives the strongest bond when gluing plastic to plastic.
Below: The required components for the SU-100 on the hull frame. Below: The components for the SU-100 on the accessory frame.
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Step 1. Begin by attaching the upper hull of the SU-100 to the lower hull section we assembled eariler. Step 2. Next, attach the exhausts to the rear of the hull using the locations shown in the example below.
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Below: Attaching the exhausts to the rear of the hull.
Below: The exhausts correctly attached to the rear of the hull.
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Step 3. Next, attach the fuel drums to the sides of the hull. Tip: Ensure that the caps on the fuel drums are pointing upwards when you attach them to the hull.
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Below: The right-hand side fuel drum attached to the hull correctly. Step 4. Attach the commander's cupola to the top of the hull as shown in the example below.
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Step 5. Next, attach the gun mantlet to the front of the hull. Step 6. With the gun mantlet in place, it's time to add the main gun.
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Below: The main gun attached to the gun mantlet. Below: With the main gun in place, the SU-100 is now fully assembled and ready to be painted.
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Assembling The SU-100M
The SU-100M is the post-war version of the SU-100. In the Flames Of War universe it features in Fate Of A Nation. The United Arab Republic can field the SU-100M as a Divisional Support option.


Assembling the SU-100M requires only the addition of a stowage bin to the right-hand side of our already assembled SU-100 model. The stowage bin in question can be seen highlighted in green on the hull frame shown in the example on the right

Right: The location of the SU-100M stowage bin highlighted in green on the hull frame.

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Adding The SU-100M Stowage Bin
Step 1. Attach the stowage bin to the right-hand side of the hull as shown in the example below. Below: With the stowage bin now in place the SU-100M is now fully assembled and ready to be painted.
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Assembling The Tank Killer Company Assembling The SU-85M
The SU-85M was a stopgap measure created due to a shortage of 100mm guns. Therefore, vehicles that were destined to become SU-100s were fitted with 85mm guns until production of the 100mm gun could catch up, giving us the SU-85M.

Assembling the SU-85M requires simply replacing the 100mm gun of our already assembled SU-100 with the 85mm version instead. The 85mm gun in question can be seen highlighted in green on the hull frame.

Left: The location of the 85mm gun of the SU-85M on
accessory frame.
Adding The 85mm Gun
Step 1.  Replace the 100mm gun with the 85mm version.
Below: With the 85mm gun now in place the SU-85M is now fully assembled and ready to be painted.
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Assembling The SU-85
The final vehicle variant is the SU-85. The parts highlighted in green represent the components require to assemble the SU-85; the parts highlighted in red are optional and can be used to add some modelling variety to your miniatures if you wish.
Below: The required components for the SU-85 on the hull frame. Below: The components for the SU-85 on the accessory frame.
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Assembling The SU-85
Step 1. Attach the upper hull of the SU-85, the exhausts and the fuel drums as shown in the steps one through three in assembly guide for the SU-100 as seen here.
Step 2. Attach the commander's hatch to the top of the hull as shown in the example below. Step 3. Next, attach the gun mantlet to thefront of the hull.
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Step 4. With the gun mantlet in place, it's time to add the main gun. Below: With the main gun in place the SU-85 is now fully assembled and ready to be painted.
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Adding A Tank Commander To The SU-100, SU-100M & SU-85M
Adding a Tank Commander to the SU-100, SU-100M and SU-85M is done in the same way, as these variants all share the same upper hull.
Step 1. Replace the closed Commader's cupola with the open version of the cupola. Step 2. Add the Tank Commander figure of you choice.
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Tip: Add a Tank Commander is ideal for differentiating the Platoon Commander from the rest of the platoon. This makes identification much easier for you and your opponents when playing Flames Of War. Use Hobby Glue to attach the metal tank commander - remember, plastic cement is only for gluing plastic to plastic.
Adding A Tank Commander To The SU-85
Step 1. Attach the Commander's hatch in an open position as seen in the example below. Step 2. Add the Tank Commander figure of you choice.
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Using The Optional Components
The optional components that can be use on all vehicle variants include the individual fuel drums and a section of spare track, both of which can be found on the accessory frame highlighted in red in the example on the right. Feel free to mix and match the individual fuel drums that are on the accessory frame with the paired version found on the hull frame.

I hope you find this assembly guide useful when it comes time to assemble your own SU-100s or your SU-100Ms, SU-85Ms, or SU-85s for that matter.

Happy modelling!

~ Blake.

Right: The location of the individual fuel drums and spare track links on the accessory frame.
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Examples Of The Optional Extras In Use
Below: Feel free to mix and match the paired and individual fuel drums on your vehicles. Below: A very common location for the section of spare track was the front of the upper hull.
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Below: The spare track attached to the full of a SU-100. Below: An example of a SU-100 modelled with the optional extras; this is a great way of providing some individuality to each of your vehicles.
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Last Updated On Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Blake at Battlefront