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    sjosiowicz

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    Can anyone identify the place and time of the uniform and the badge of the hat?

    Post  sjosiowicz on Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:03 pm

    Hi:
    My name is Sergio Josiowicz. I live in Argentine and this photo have been sent to me from a relative in USA.

    I think this is a russian soldier. Can anyone identify the insignia in his hat? And maybe can anyone can identify the time of this uniform?



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    Re: Question Thread: Russian Army

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    Russian Motor Rifle Squad Nomenclature

    Post  JMCR on Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:00 am

    Would a squad under a motor rifle company be labelled numerically(1st, 2nd, etc) or alphabetically(alfa, bravo, etc)?

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    Anyone knows about caiman / tarentula offroad vehicle?

    Post  David27mc on Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:51 am

    Hello,
    I'm looking for all kind of information regarding the offroad vehicle named caiman or tarentula.
    It was produced in Saint Petersburg around the 2000's years. It doesn't seems to be produced anymore today.
    I would realy love to purchase one unit, even in bad condition in order to export it in Europe  Cool

    Some videos here:

    and


    Thanks a lot for your help.
    David.

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    Cayman 4x4

    Post  David27mc on Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:36 am

    Hello,
    Anybody can help, realy?
    Thanks.
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    Re: Question Thread: Russian Army

    Post  George1 on Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:45 am

    David27mc wrote:Hello,
    Anybody can help, realy?
    Thanks.

    i didn't find anything, just some old videos like that one you posted above


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    Re: Question Thread: Russian Army

    Post  David27mc on Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:39 pm

    Thanks George1, hope someone else would help me.
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    Re: Question Thread: Russian Army

    Post  miketheterrible on Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:01 pm

    Try contacting flaymingpython from this forums as he lives in St.Petersburg.

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    Post  David27mc on Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:08 pm

    Yes Mike. Could be a good idea. The problem is that I'm new on this forum and not able yet to send private message.
    Can you contact him for me please?
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    Post  miketheterrible on Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:12 pm

    I can link him to this, yes.

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    Re: Question Thread: Russian Army

    Post  David27mc on Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:49 pm

    Great thumbsup
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    Re: Question Thread: Russian Army

    Post  miketheterrible on Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:52 pm

    I told him to charge you a finders fee though. But I sent it to him.
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    Re: Question Thread: Russian Army

    Post  flamming_python on Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:33 pm

    **sorry double-post**


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    Re: Question Thread: Russian Army

    Post  flamming_python on Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:36 pm

    I looked it up.

    Basically 'Kaiman' is a private St. Petersburg vehicle construction bureau that was active since the early 90s; they've made a number of different prototypes (don't think any of them were produced in series), called like Kaiman 1, Kaiman 2, Kaiman 3, etc... sort of like frankenstein models with engines and transmissions from VAZ models, other parts from UAV cars and old LUAZ vehicles, and their own aluminium-based frames. Some even had parts from BTRs. I believe about 7 exist in total, all different.

    One of these variants was exhibited in France, 20 years ago or so, where it got rave reviews and a lot of interest.

    The Kaiman 3 stared in a Russian New Year's film 20 years ago. Dunno where it went after that.

    The vehicle in the vids you posted is a Kaiman 4

    Here's a link about the Kaiman 5, an armoured variant (but with decreased off-road ability) that was demonstrated to the military in the late 90s. It got high praise but ultimately no-one had the money or interest to induct a new vehicle at the time. The link contains videos of other prototypes too:
    http://alternathistory.com/vezdekhod-kaiman-5-rossiya

    Here's a variant called the Tarantul, an enhanced version of the early Kaiman off-road buggies, trialed by the military in '98-'99, tearing out in front of the competition
    http://otvaga2004.ru/kaleydoskop/kaleydoskop-wheel/ukus-tarantula/
    http://5koleso.ru/articles/obzory/tarantul-nash-otvet-hammeru

    Another interesting model is the Kaiman Vepr', which is an armoured truck that was demonstrated in the early 2000s:
    https://strangernn.livejournal.com/204024.html

    As for the Kaiman design bureau now, I think the head of it (Sergei Tsymbalyuk) was forced to vacate his workshop and lay off his workers sometime in the mid-2000s, given that no serious customer ultimately decided to buy his vehicles. Nevertheless as of 10 years ago he was still apparently active in vehicle construction, tied to the Russian defence industries in some way.
    Perhaps you can find him on social networks or something (his name in Russian is Сергей Цымбалюк). If anyone can tell you the present-day location and condition of the prototypes, or elaborate on his latest constructions, then it would of course be the man himself.

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    Re: Question Thread: Russian Army

    Post  David27mc on Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:03 am

    Hi flamming_python,
    Many thanks for your help.
    I will try to contact the designer.
    If you hear about a second hand model for sale, please let me know.
    Regards.

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