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Building a tank is easy!

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В previous materialabout the tactics of the remakes, I began a story about these amazing people. Personally, I'm used to the fact that they do something here. But it's one thing when for historical huge forces such as the Garant legal system (to this system we owe the appearance of the Museum of Russian Military History in Padikovo) or the UMMC, the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, which owes the honor of creating a museum in Verkhnyaya Pyshma, stand such work.


These are people. This is money. These are other resources, at least the same premises, machines and tools, transport.

And if this is not all?

Here you have just such a case. There are no sponsors in the form of large companies behind. Production workshop ... However, you will see everything for yourself.

We talked with Alexander Sheptaev, a great lover tanks... His passion for this technique is no different from the passion of the guys from Padikov or Verkhnyaya Pyshma, the only difference: behind him only his tank company and the military history club.


I suggest that you simply familiarize yourself with our conversation, in which I asked Alexander to tell how you can come to such a life when there are only armored vehicles in the yard. Two armored vehicles, two self-propelled guns and 4 tanks. And another cannon.

A word to Alexander.


- We started building equipment ten years ago. Initially, it was me and my brother Mikhail and, as a mentor, our father, Sheptaev Valery Panteleimonovich.

We started, as usual, with cars. The firstborn was the GAZ-67. The next was the GAZ-MM truck. It is now in a museum in Verkhnyaya Pyshma.

Then they swung at armored cars, made BA-64. Three jokes. The armored girls left for collections in St. Petersburg. In KB Smirnov.


In general, we have been fond of technology since childhood, mopeds, motorcycles ...

And so we got involved in the reconstruction, began to ride in Russia. Voronezh, of course, Sarov, Kursk, Belgorod ... In general, we traveled around all the surroundings.

We even managed to star in the film. "Ladoga: the road of life", mini-series. There was just an anti-aircraft gun on the lorry. And we shot down the plane from her. Our lorry was, and Mikhail and I fought the planes on it. It was great, the frost was minus 30 degrees, a blizzard, starting the car - a whole story ...

In general, the conditions are very close to those ... Impressions grabbed for a long time.

And there were more in the firing squad. In the episode.

Our technique is not often, but it gets into the frames. Mostly in short films, but we're not in a hurry. There will be more big films, we will shoot.

- Tell us about the process of creating technology.

- The main thing here is to understand what you want to build, and to choose an aggregate base for this desire. It all starts with this. Components, assemblies, metal ...

- Where do you get all this?

- And where we will find. The decommissioned military all-terrain vehicles are very helpful. Well, tractors, we take engines from them. In general, we are looking for donors throughout Russia.







We cook the cases according to the drawings. We try to get as close to the original as possible.


- How do you generally interact with the military, the authorities?

- We have a club. Belgorod regional public organization "Prokhorovsky border". Therefore, everything that happens here is completely official and under the full control of the authorities. Even sometimes under excessively close control, but then either you understand that they have their own responsibilities, or you are winding your nerves to yourself and to them. We prefer not to waste our nerves.

"Prokhorovsky frontier" is a young education, he is only two years old. So far there are three people in it: me, brother Mikhail and his son Alexander. More people work with technology. You saw Pavel, he is a multi-machine operator, a painter, a welder, and a technician. Sergei, a minder, is now on vacation.

This is how we work.








We can do everything that moves and is related to the Second World War. If there were schematic drawings - we can make any car.

We recently expanded our assortment - they made a cannon from the First World War. 1902 cannon. It was an interesting job.






We are interested, and when it is interesting - everything turns out as it should be.

- Did you make this gun to order, or? ..

- This is not to order, this is for yourself. We just got the drawings, we looked ... and did it. She is not difficult, but as they say, charismatic.

- And now you are also an artillery crew?

- No, we will carry this gun for reconstruction to those who are satisfied with the First World War ... They are rare, but there are, and with the equipment there is completely sad (I confirm, on the "Battlefield" I observed this sadness. - Approx. RS) ... Let those reenactors make up the calculations, and we will teach.

We ourselves drive our tanks. For driver mechanics.

There was to be a big reconstruction in Sarov. But it was canceled due to the coronavirus. They said to do it in a movie format. And we were shooting movies, from 11 to 18 somewhere. That is, it was like a reconstruction, but on cameras and without spectators.

The tanks were driving, the infantry was running, everyone was shooting, pyrotechnics exploded ... Everything is as usual, only operators instead of spectators.

I went there alone with two tanks. There were enough local mechanics, in general, the organization in Sarov is very serious. Everything was beautiful, the pyrotechnics were animals, it is a pity that the audience was not allowed, it was necessary to see it.

- How now, in the current conditions of restrictions, is there an interest in technology among collectors?

No, it's quiet and dull now. Everything froze, no reconstruction is carried out, there is also silence from collectors, everyone has a crisis. We are working as if for tomorrow, for the future. Sooner or later it will all end ...

- Where do you get the blueprints for work?

- Museum visits. Many were removed in Kubinka under the old leadership. It's simple: a tablet, a protractor, a tape measure - and I went to measure and draw. Everything can be done in a couple of days. With an accuracy of 97%.








We often visit Zadorozhny, he also has something to see. We are friends.

- How is your attendance on ordinary days?

- And we are fine. People are coming. They negotiate by phone, take what they have and come. Here is a field, here is a forest, there is where to sit quietly, to fry a barbecue ...

- And in terms of non-standard recreation?

- And also a complete order. We have both the form and the SHP (safe weapon firing blank cartridges. - Approx. R.S.), so in terms of photo shoots there is complete freedom. We can also roll out the equipment in the field, everything is possible.






The most important thing is that everything here looks 100% historical. All the tanks and self-propelled guns that we have, they all fought here. Immediately there were some battles ...

- And if you sit down for the levers yourself?

- This is a separate, completely separate issue, everything is in the ability and the right to control. Such people come to us with preparation. It's just that, although it is a copy, it is still a tracked vehicle, so, of course, we won't let the "left" one.

But we had precedents, guys came from Moscow and wanted to make a short film. They brought a mechanic driver, and over there, over the edge of the forest, they filmed all day.

So here all the issues are discussed, everything can be solved. But, generally speaking, we drive our own tanks mainly. This is not a jeep, the dimensions are different, the driving characteristics ... So everyone is calmer.










- The last question for today: what are you doing, how do you yourself assess in terms of usefulness?

- Yes, it's a useful thing. This is history. They did some nonsense when all the tanks were cut, and now we are collecting them in distant countries. And from the weapons that we buy for big money, steps are poured for the church. Stupid.

Another ten years, and that's it, the tanks will be studied using a computer game. And now young people are studying - according to "Tanchiki". But a drawing is just a drawing. Come here, imagine how it is to get into it with a grenade from the trench. When the machine guns hit you

A little more - and that's the only way we'll touch and feel. But even so. At least in such museums. Better than nothing.








Here is such an excursion, here is such an interview. But we do not say goodbye, because together with Alexander and Mikhail we will make several materials about the weapons of that time. So to speak, from the funds of the "Prokhorovskoe frontier" and other clubs in the Belgorod region.

So we will return to Arkhangelskoe as soon as possible, despite the weather.

The author expresses his deep gratitude to Elena Kirillova (VIK "Sorokopyatka", Voronezh) for the fact that this meeting took place.
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  1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
    Kote Pan Kokhanka 22 October 2020 06: 03
    14
    Well done guys, there is nothing more to add !!!
    Regards, Vlad!
    1. Borik
      Borik 22 October 2020 14: 36
      +4
      Many thanks to these patriots who are engaged in the reconstruction of military equipment. And behind all these demos are THREE people. Yes, they just have golden hands. Once again, MANY THANKS TO YOU GUYS.
    2. Megatron
      Megatron 22 October 2020 20: 11
      +1
      I've seen this "kb smirnov", under the guise of collectors - hucksters who sell all this on Avito at incredible prices.
  2. parusnik
    parusnik 22 October 2020 06: 04
    22
    And from the weapons that we buy for big money, steps are poured for the church. Stupid.
    ... That's for sure ... Thanks to the author, ha excellent report ...
    1. parusnik
      parusnik 22 October 2020 06: 28
      +3
      Thanks to the author for the excellent report ..
    2. Captain45
      Captain45 22 October 2020 09: 44
      +2
      Quote: parusnik
      And from the weapons that we buy for big money, steps are poured for the church. Stupid.
      ... That's for sure ... Thanks to the author, ha excellent report ...

      On the topic of weapons for the steps of the temple:
      “The question remains about other aspects of the value of German pistols, carbines and machine guns intended for disposal. The FAN asked Konstantin Kulagin, a senior researcher at the Research Institute (Military History) of the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, to comment on this.
      “The captured small arms of the Wehrmacht offered for melting are no longer of military value. The historical value of this weapon can be considered small, since it was a product of mass production and was produced in millions of copies, ”said Kulagin. 
      In particular, according to the reports of the Trophy Committee of the Red Army, for the period 1943-1945, 257 thousand machine guns and 3 million rifles were collected by trophy units, added the FAN interlocutor. "(C)
      The full article can be read here: https: //riafan.ru/1144864 
      1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
        Kote Pan Kokhanka 22 October 2020 19: 30
        +3
        Quote: Captain45
        “The captured small arms of the Wehrmacht offered for melting are no longer of military value. The historical value of this weapon can be considered small, since it was a product of mass production and was produced in millions of copies, ”said Kulagin. 

        I do not know? recourse
        As a humiliation for the enemy, the solution is acceptable. On the other hand, whoever would like to hang a shabby MP-40 over a table and a label "Trophy of the Red Army" in memory of the veteran's grandfather. I think many people paid a lot of money for such a rarity. And also abroad!
        Today, the converted PPSh into pneumatics costs 20, and here is the accumulated field. The trouble is the lack of a culture of handling weapons.
  3. VORON538
    VORON538 22 October 2020 06: 20
    +8
    It's a pity, only one thing: in Russia you can find out about such people on VO, in the same states they shoot cycles of programs.
  4. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 22 October 2020 06: 52
    +7
    They do the right thing. We wish them prosperity and success.
  5. kalibr
    kalibr 22 October 2020 07: 07
    +7
    Lived! Glad! Very! How many wrote about it in "Tankomaster" and now ...
  6. Revolver
    Revolver 22 October 2020 07: 30
    +6
    It can be seen that a remake. On the T-34-76, the tracks were with pinned engagement, and the relatives were with a ridge. There are 5 native tracks on the front of the VLD, compare. The "nut" type tower, in theory, should be cast, but in fact it looks bent and boiled from a sheet, moreover, obviously not a 45mm armor plate. In general, it will do for a movie, there are not such bloopers. For reenactors, too. But not for a museum.
    And a weapon, all the more rare, to melt down the steps for the church is vandalism. Peter the Great is not on them. He, on the contrary, melted church bells into cannons.
    1. Alf
      Alf 22 October 2020 13: 18
      +9
      Quote: Nagan
      It can be seen that the remake.

      You are right, you can see. But consider one point. All this is done by a simple man in the garage, and does all this to the best of his strength and capabilities. But the state does not care about this topic of historical heritage at all.
      And another question.
      "A lot was removed in Kubinka under the old leadership."
      Are there any problems with the new leadership?
    2. garik77
      garik77 22 October 2020 13: 26
      -2
      Where did the German rifles, of which there are several million in warehouses, become rarities? Some of this trash was sent for melting down and Thank God!
    3. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 22 October 2020 16: 42
      -1
      Quote: Nagan
      And a weapon, all the more rare, to melt down the steps for the church is vandalism. Peter the Great is not on them. He, on the contrary, melted church bells into cannons.

      There are no rarities - ordinary large-scale products.
      In total, 800 Parabellums and Walters each, 1200 98k carbines and about a dozen Maschinengewehr 42 are supposed to be utilized from the Wehrmacht's captured small arms stored at the base of the Wehrmacht to create a temple.

      Or 16 closures with pistols, 60 with carbines and 3-4 with machine guns.
      Each closure contains a hundred 9-mm P08 Parabellum or Walther P38 pistols, twenty 7,92-mm Mauser 98k carbines, four 7,92-mm MG 42 machine guns. And these were only those trophies that many years after May 9, 1945 were preserved at one of the weapons bases of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

      In the RAV warehouse, these closures with captured weapons are ten rows high. smile
      1. Revolver
        Revolver 22 October 2020 18: 48
        +3
        Quote: Alexey RA
        In the RAV warehouse, these closures with captured weapons are ten rows high.

        Looked offhand, how much these pistols are sold. If in good condition, then from $ 1500, and for a particularly rare Swiss production they ask for $ 14500.
        https://www.legacy-collectibles.com/hand-guns/lugers

        Even completely tortured with non-native parts still go for hundreds of $.
        https://www.gunbroker.com/German-Luger/search?Keywords=%22German%20Luger%22
    4. AML
      AML 22 October 2020 19: 13
      +3
      On the T34-76 there were 2 types of l11 and F guns - some and the towers were both welded and cast.

      There were several factories producing t34 and in some places the products were different, they made as they could and from what they could.
  7. Thrifty
    Thrifty 22 October 2020 07: 38
    +3
    Yes, finding a technique is a problem, but an even bigger problem is finding such fans of technology who, for their money, will restore a combat unit to its ideal state! It's good that such people still have a place to be in our country!
  8. mongol9999
    mongol9999 22 October 2020 08: 12
    +3
    First we chop-cut, then draw-cook. Eh ... And the phrase smiled, "safe weapon".
  9. Per se.
    Per se. 22 October 2020 08: 29
    +5
    Well done, there are also enthusiasts. Every time it was upsetting, with a good acting of the actors in films about the war, to see either the inconsistency of the technique in time in the plot, or generally mediocre props. It seemed, why shoot a film about the war if you don't have the necessary props? They are filming from the An-2, which flew to the partisans, from the T-34-85 in June 1941. I don’t even want to talk about the creations furnished with plywood, with painted crosses, which were quite often in many domestic ribbons.

    Why, at the level of film studios, there were no sponsors for such masters of good replicas, why the defense industry could not receive orders for high-quality layouts, valid replicas or even copies is a question. Of course, there is now computer graphics, but, in any case, having real technology or high-quality fakes is an indisputable benefit, both for cinema, and for history, memory.
    1. ycuce234-san
      ycuce234-san 22 October 2020 11: 17
      +2
      It is more logical for filmmakers to teach the basics of cinematography to the hired technoreconstructors themselves, who have been ordered to draw the equipment and to put professional designers to look after them so as not to spoil the chiaroscuro or the planned compositions and advice and assistance. But they will not think of this soon.
    2. Alf
      Alf 22 October 2020 13: 22
      +5
      Quote: Per se.
      Why, at the level of film studios, there were no sponsors for such masters of good replicas, why the defense industry could not receive orders for high-quality layouts, valid replicas or even copies is a question.

      Yes, there is no question. Filmmakers do not need this, at all. It is enough to look at the modern film-related stuff on the theme of the Second World War, where the nurses are all manicured, with gold earrings, during the battle they are all clean and washed. What difference does it make what kind of tank is going there? Who will understand something, there are only a few experts, and so "people go to eat everything." And hawala ...
  10. BAI
    BAI 22 October 2020 10: 07
    12
    In Pushkino, Mos. region Sergei Chibineev collects tanks. For 10 years, 30 pieces have been restored. 20 T-34 tanks, two light tanks T-70M, BT-7A, two T-60s, two KVs, one T-30, one T-40 and BeeMki tank, Katyusha based on the STZ 5 tracked tractor and the T tank -60. Sergei does not fundamentally restore German tanks. He says that the soul does not lie. All tanks are just restoration using native parts. But they are (in my opinion) not on the move. All went to museums and monuments. Including - to Verkhnyaya Pyshma (KV-1).




    1. BAI
      BAI 22 October 2020 10: 09
      +7
      Then someone once said that they were made of plywood, well, so that it was clear from what
  11. Undecim
    Undecim 22 October 2020 13: 08
    10
    The author should think about a series of articles about those who are trying to preserve the memory of the past in general and the Great Patriotic War in particular.
    As an example - the family of the mechanic-restorer Vladimir Yakushev from Belarus, who devoted almost 20 years of his life to the search and restoration of military equipment.

    KV-1 was raised from the bottom of the river.

    And restored.
    Moreover, these people work exclusively at the call of the heart and at their own expense. And if the state, which is patriotic through and through in words, really helped these people?
    1. BAI
      BAI 22 October 2020 17: 18
      0
      And restored.

      The photo shows different tanks. On the top photo is a tank with an F-32 cannon, on the bottom - with an L-11.
      1. Undecim
        Undecim 22 October 2020 17: 23
        +3
        And I did not write that this is the same tank.
        1. BAI
          BAI 22 October 2020 20: 24
          +1
          Why then the second photo and not the last one?
  12. Alf
    Alf 22 October 2020 13: 24
    +6
    And again. All these are private traders, individual amateurs. Where is the patriotic education of the state so advertised of all zombies?
    1. Beregovic_1
      Beregovic_1 22 October 2020 14: 10
      +4
      Everywhere and everywhere shoved Yunarmiya, in expensive suits at their own expense)))
      1. Alf
        Alf 22 October 2020 18: 11
        +4
        Quote: Beregovyhok_1
        Everywhere and everywhere shoved Yunarmiya, in expensive suits at their own expense)))

        Which really does nothing anywhere, except for some PR actions on TV.