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Hi Pals, The model I share is the well-known and iconic JS-2 Stalin. The model is basically OOB, except for an added antenna, Eureka brand copper tow cables, and some PE cast markings on the turret. There are no major problems to review in its assembly, this being simple and quite fast to complete. The tracks are individual plastic link, (although it also included rubber ones, very good too), but although these have been more laborious to make, they are quite simple to manipulate, since the pieces are of a manageable size, with a finished of some saggy. The painting was not a big problem, this time, the chosen tone, I liked the first time, and then the process, the same as for other models, using oils and pigments. The bottom and side have dry mud-like pigments, and there is some dry vegetation at random spots. I hope you like it, and thanks for watching and commenting as always. Cheers and TC Francis. BLACK BACKGRPUNG:
Hi Pals, A new model that comes off the bench (and the stash ... sigh of relief), again a piece of Soviet armor, in this case one of the most iconic subjects of the red arsenal, a T34. The kit is from a brand unknown to me, Eastern Express, a priori, a brand of interesting models but of inferior quality and cheap price ... I decided to try one of his kits, because the price was really ridiculous, and on paper, it included interesting things in exchange for a few "bucks" ... lol In addition, it was brought directly by a good friend who went to Ukraine to see her relatives, so I think I spent little more than 10 euros ... When you open the box, you can see that it comes well packed and with many parts, the grilles for the motor are mesh, but with very large holes, so it is unusable ... It includes links to link tracks, a good point, and they are pretty decent too IMHO .... The detail of the cast in the tower is also present, very nice, although I have added something else, and PE welding lines in some points ... Then, on the negative side, the instructions are pathetic, some photocopied loose sheets, which must be numbered, and also very confusing in some points ... And the worst thing is the rear of the engine, the fit is very bad, it is not possible to adjust it conveniently, so you have to sand a lot and even cut a piece, and then putty. This will undoubtedly not please the most demanding with the precision of the kit, and with good reason, of course. Despite everything, for just over 10 euros, it is worth trying, either as a guinea pig or to rule out future purchases (in my case, no more EE) ... The assembly is not very complicated if you have some experience and skill, because the instructions are hilarious ... lol, and some points are "hard to peel", like the upper rear part of the engine ... what I thought was going to be a quiet and fast assembly ... it got stuck and a lot there. Then the tracks, link by link, were not bad at all, although I had to adjust where the teeth were in some places, so that they did not overlap ... once again, some experience and skill solved a problem with the kit. The grille of the engines was replaced by a finer replacement, fixed. The barrel was changed for another metal one that had a spare, although the plastic one seemed ok ... I added copper trailing cables from Eureka that I had for the occasion (includes some very bad wire ...) I added some spare parts equipment that I had, and they could serve me, buckles for the spare tracks, antenna, and wire for the handles of the model. As for the paint, first a layer of black to prime, and then I tried another shade of green, lighter, modulating the intensity at various points. Then, as always, the weathering process began, with washes with oils and pastels, chips and scratches, until I was satisfied with its appearance. I added pigments to the bottom and sides to simulate dry mud, along with dry vegetation at certain points. Finally, a layer of satin varnish to seal all the work. I think the end result IMHO looks a lot like a T-34 85 ... lol I hope you like it, thanks for watching and comments as always Cheers and TC Francis.
Hi Pals, I will try to comment on the assembly and painting of the model, without the support of WIP photos. In the first place, the kit is really a SU-85M, but when seeing that the 85mm barrel that the kit came with, it was a "little small", and that by chance there was a 100mm metal barrel available, for a SU-100 , I decided to switch and build the SU-100. Being the SU-85M model, seeing photos of it and the SU-100, I found no differences (at least substantial), between one model and another, not so with the SU-85. I do not remember major problems with the assembly of the kit, its fit is good, some doubts in the instructions, but nothing that is not easy to achieve. I started with a coat of black primer, then added some rust. When I looked for an appropriate green for the paint, after trying several colors, I did not find any that I liked, so I chose one to see how it would look, thinking that the weathering would end up darkening it ... I continued with all the normal processes, (washing, chipping, etc ...), but the result, I did not like, because the tone that was taking green, made it very dark, just what I did not want ... Cleaning the model, a slow and dirty process, for a new attempt, this time with another green one, not the one that suited me the most, but one had to be, of course ... This time, I tried to clarify it in areas, so that later, the same did not happen. I'm happy with the result, although I would have liked the tone a little clearer. The next model will be with a different color. On the other hand, the tracks are the ones that the kit comes with (individual links), quite good, with adjustments in some points to fit their full length, with some saggy ... The kit included as a "bonus", a set of Soviet infantry equipment, which I have included with the model, at specific points, I added a chain, antenna, some vegetation, here and there, flanges for the spare track segments, some wire handles, pigments like dried mud, especially at the bottom of the hull. I think that is all that is relevant to montage and painting. As always thanks for watch and comment. Cheers and TC Francis. SHOTS WITH BLACK BACKGROUND: . SHOTS IN WITHE BACKGROUND: .