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Stalin's Armor Campaign
jkb_sprint
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 01:38 AM UTC

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Nice work going on everyone. John 3 models!!! Stalin won't have you executed yet haha



Haha, i think that with the double offering...eeehhhh builds i meant, i got my self the best sit in the GULAG!!!!!!!!!!!!! .
The two kits destined for this campaign have their basic color on, if i have more time at night i'll start putting on on some shades, plus the interior details of the ASU.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 01:52 AM UTC

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Question about the red primer use: Is it a personal preference for the product or does it help in weathering.

I know some armor modelers use red on german tanks to later chip away at top coats to reveal the german red primer underneath. Did the Soviet made tanks of that era use red primer?



Micheal although i'm not an expert, i can tell you that it is a little bit of both in my case. The specific spray works excellent on all plastic surfaces without any problems plus that tanks that were produced under ''normal'' circumstances did have a red primer underneath.
In cases like Stalingrand tanks were often seen going to battle in natural metal finish without anything applied on them. But those were desperate times for the Soviets.
From personal experience on tanks i can tell you that before bare metal appears under the worn paint, usually the red primer can be seen at those spots before that, except with dents depending on the depth of them.
Now concerning WW II German tanks it is a rather long discussion that i will leave to the experts with better knowledge of English than me.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 03:36 AM UTC
Hi Guys Some really nice progress by everyone
I was gonna do a Cyberhobby JS I but then I received this kit for a review
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A quick look through the box and it looks like a really nice kit, I should be starting by the end of the week
ltb073
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 03:06 AM UTC
Ok I got started earlier than I thought
I 1st compared the instruction sheet to that of Trumpeters KV-2 kit #312 from 2005. This kit has completely different spruces so I would guess that this is an all new retooled version of their KV series
I got to work with the Step 1 PE
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and then the 1st half of step 1
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Step 1 complete
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I had to use clamps to hold the sides of the hull on and a tight rubber band to get a good fit with the rear and the upper deck
Then I was also able to clean up 2 spruces of the 12 tracks
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More to come this weekend
PantherF
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 06:17 AM UTC



http://svsm.org/gallery/KV-1




Jeff
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 07:01 AM UTC
Thanks Jeff, I didnt think that mesh looked like it was in the right place Guess the instructions are not that clear that will be corrected
IamTJones
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 07:54 AM UTC
John The fit is pretty good considering the simplicity of the kit, some very small seems had to be filled with putty at the front of the hull and on the turret but I feel that this will be different from kit to kit due to light warpign of large parts.

I'll post some picks later tonight to show exactly the areas I mean and some progress.

As always some great builds going on in here! The community on this website is truely inspiring.




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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 10:07 AM UTC
So here are the two areas so far where I thought some filling was really needed on the KV-2

Firstly on the front upper portion of the hull:



and secondly on the right front side of the turret:



Other than that the kit has been really chilled to go through in the evenings and at this rate should land infront of the airbrush soon.

Cheers
Tristan
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 11:30 PM UTC

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Thanks Jeff, I didnt think that mesh looked like it was in the right place Guess the instructions are not that clear that will be corrected





Don't worry... I didn't get mine right either as I put it in that void just above. Later I'll buy a PE set and fix it because I want my KV-122 perfect.

My hat is off to you for going with the PE deflector. Those tiny little brackets stayed on the sheet and I just used the styrene part!





Jeff
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Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 02:42 AM UTC
Ok I have fixed the mesh PE I think
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and moved on to step 2 this is the 1st half of step 2
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I would have like to see some PE provided for those engine vents
Step 2 completed
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so far its a fairly easy build typical Trumpeter quality however there was no option on the instructions to leave the hatches open even though the inside of the hatches had molded in detail
ltb073
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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013 - 02:13 PM UTC
A little more progress today
Step 3 was the road wheels assembly and step 4 was some additional work on the hull
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Sept 5 is the treads the instructions give the illustration of the link and length tracks used in the earlier kits but says to use 88 track links
I usually do the tracks last so I will jump to step 6
GregCloseCombat
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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 11:00 AM UTC
Hi Everyone. Great builds progressing here. Sal - I am so not a fan of single track links so have fun with that . I've done absolutely no modelling lately as the twins have zapped all my energy. Hope to get paint soon though on the SU76i
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Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 11:24 AM UTC
Well, I'm going to strip my KV-1E of all it's current paint on Friday. Got the first coat on it and just wasn't real happy with some of the weld lines and areas where I had to use green putty to solve gaps. Not a complete reboot but close. Also didn't like the way the paint that I used was ending up. I tried to use a product that I use in my day to day business on real firearms. Sadly, it didn't translate well to a smaller scale so now back to my old faithful Tamiya acrylics.
PantherF
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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 06:02 AM UTC
Hmmmm... I wonder if this will fit with what I am building?



I know the JS-3M wasn't around for WWII, but if I backdate it? Or not.





Jeff
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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 06:27 AM UTC
Sal I have just completed the building phase of my SU 152 on the Trumpeter campaign. I can tell you this, use 88 on the left hand side and 87 on the right. The right hand side will
end up with two links that have guide horns next to each other, but you can hide this with a road wheel and no-one will notice.
You could of coarse just leave the 88 on both sides but the sag will be massive on the right if you do.

This reminds me that I must start my twin guild here soon

the T60 and T70 light tanks




Paul
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 05:31 PM UTC
So after having so many issues with my KV-1E, I decided to step away from it for a few days after getting the initial finish stripped off today. Then a batch of 1/72 Trumpeter kits that I won on Ebay arrived so I decided to toss one together tonight to see how much fun could be had. I must say that I love this little KV-1 in that scale. I included some start to nearly finished pics here and currently it has it's first coat of paint and is drying. It was a nice break to just do an OOB build for a change. I will weather slightly and display it on a small base when done but look for this one to be finished by Monday or Tuesday at the latest. Think that the next one I do will have a little extra detail but this time I just wanted to see a quick end result. I did have to use putty on a couple of small areas but overall this thing nearly put itself together. A real joy for a change.

All in all, not too bad for a kit that only cost me $1.99 plus $4.97 shipping.















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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 06:48 PM UTC
done for the night......


ltb073
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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 11:58 AM UTC

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Sal I have just completed the building phase of my SU 152 on the Trumpeter campaign. I can tell you this, use 88 on the left hand side and 87 on the right. The right hand side will
end up with two links that have guide horns next to each other, but you can hide this with a road wheel and no-one will notice.
You could of coarse just leave the 88 on both sides but the sag will be massive on the right if you do.



Paul thanks for the heads up I'm not really looking forward to these tracks
But here is the progress
Step 6 fenders are dry fit for now
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lots of school work the next few weeks so progress will slow down
lawlzw
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 01:03 AM UTC
Nice work everyone!

My progress so far...







The kit doesn't go together very well... had difficulties in fitting the top half with the bottom half (the front pike nose portion dun quite match up), and also aligning the wheels, sprocket and tracks

Nonetheless, manage to reach this stage; will be weathering over the weekend, and most probably consider it done after that

Cheers
Lawrence
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 02:19 AM UTC
Well, finished my 1st tank for this campaign. The KV-1 from Trumpeter in 1/72. Like I said earlier, this was just to get one finished and I am still working on my 1/35 KV-1E and it should be ready in a few weeks. This little one was slammed together and was just fun to do. I am not used to working in this scale and it shows. Bur I had a blast with it.







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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 02:44 AM UTC
Those tracks look wicked Smokey!

I'm getting back on mine after lunch... I think.




Jeff
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 01:34 PM UTC
Thanks Jeff
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 01:58 PM UTC
Congrats and good job Smokey. It should always be fun!
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 02:06 PM UTC
Great work Smokey, those 72nd scale are a lot of fun aren't they? The only thing that I can't handle these days are those tiny link 'n' length tracks on some kits. The old eyes aren't what they used to be.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 02:45 PM UTC
@Greg- thank you much sir
@Darson- I am quickly falling in love with these 1/72 armor kits. I only did this to take a break from all of the PE and individual track links that are currently going on with my other 1/35 builds. I have 9 builds going on right now and everyone of them is at the stage of me having to get the wheels and tracks completed before I can advance. I was lucky with this little Russian because it came with rubber tracks instead of link & length because like you, my eyes aren't what they were a few years ago. A trip to the Optometrist is in order for me very soon.