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  1. Hi Pals, A bit of history...(source Wikipedia): "A stopgap upgrade to the KV series was the short-lived KV-85 or Objekt 239. This was a KV-1S with the new turret from the Object 237 (IS-85) still in development, mounting the same 85 mm D-5T gun as the SU-85 and early versions of the T-34-85 (not yet in production at the time). The 85 mm proved capable of penetrating the Tiger I from 1000 m and the demand for it slowed production of the KV-85 tremendously, only 148 were built between August and October 1943.[18] Soviet industry was therefore able to produce a heavy tank as well armed as the Tiger I before the end of 1943. Although the KV-85 was an excellent opponent to the Tigers and Panthers, it was a stopgap and thus was built in small numbers.[15] The complete Object 237 was accepted into service as the IS-85 and was produced in the autumn and winter of 1943-44; they were sent to the front as of October 1943 and production of the IS-85/IS-1 was stopped by the spring of 1944 once the IS-122/IS-2 entered full-scale production." A new model, already finished, I'm sorry I don't have photos of the assembly and painting for a WIP, but everything was lost... I think that this tank can be considered a "lesser type", since the JS-2 Stalin, the most valid model, won the game, so it seems that in the field of modeling it is also little seen. I wanted to make one of these, because it is still a KV-1, but with a very T34/85 turret (in fact I have changed the turrets of my T34/85 and the KV85 and they could pass for a "real" model). ..LOL I saw that there was a test version with the 122mm gun, which is very similar to the JS-2 in appearance, so, not having any KV-1, I preferred to make one with the 85mm gun. The kit is pretty good in my opinion, and I don't recall any significant problems with assembly. It includes some very good vinyl tracks and others made of rigid plastic, also very good, with already preformed segments... Still, since I had some Friuls that I could use, I decided to use them in this kit. They were already mounted on an ISU-152 that I made a long time ago, but, with the intended improvement in the models, I saw that I had "left something that could be improved" (it was not in vain that it was my first purchase when I returned to the hobby).... I had to clean them well, because they had a lot of pigment and snow in some points that made their handling and reassembly difficult, and add a few more links (I had spare parts)... I also added the aluminum barrel, although once painted...there is no difference. The towing cables are from the Eureka brand, which I had prepared long ago for some Soviet vehicle. An antenna, which was exchanged for the stump from the kit, and the muzzles of the machine gun that I managed to pierce. I'm still trying the shade of green, although this one, with the idea of a subsequent weathering in mind that doesn't get too dark, was a little lighter than I would have liked, but I was satisfied. I have tried to show a used vehicle, in the last months of the war, I imagine that in a very chaotic and dangerous environment (with the big German cats and their Paks getting bigger and bigger). I have used pigments in the "belly", sides and some wheels, to simulate dry mud. Weathering, as always, with occasional washes to get details, chipping at "contact" points and use of oils to simulate rust, grease, and wear at points of use. I hope you like it, it is not a popular model, but it is part of history, and it helps to understand models from the same period and later developments... I attach some real photos for comparison with the kit. Thank you very much as always for watching and commenting Cheers and TC Francis.
  2. Good evening, Gentlemen. I'm going to share my progress in building this interesting kit. The model is intended for my old chap to add one of the WWII aircrafts in his 1/48 scale collection. Thus the kit has a good chance to be completed in a time, not to be suspended for indefinite period As I am an aircraft-modeller I can tell you nothing about the history of this vehicle except it is a soviet WWII period one.
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