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What should I build?
Posted by MikeTheMediocreModeller on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 3:09 PM

Since 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad I wanted to build a ship , battleship Marat 1/350, that defended the city throughout the siege. Mostly I wanted to build it because I strongly thought that it would be a " anniversary tribute"   in this year's IPMS show. It's not. I was disappointed. 

Then I saw that it had the Space Race as a anniversary tribute and after some research I found a 1/9 Yuri Gagarin bust. ". Great I'll make this" I thought , however I realised I don't know how to paint faces , I saw a couple of tutorials on YouTube and I was like " I got this" and almost bought a face painting set from vallejo.

After that I saw a WW1 diorama in 1/35 ( check out " All quiet...." On YouTube) and wanted to recreate that .

Finally I saw an amazing 1/72 diorama of a sunken kv2 in a river on youtube and again, I want to recreate that . And from the ones mentioned above it's probably the easiest and cheapest , problem is I can't find a kv2 so I might use a kv1 instead .

All that while I have a 1/87 Bounty that's been a WIP for almost 5 years now and 3 unopened kits 

 

What should I do...

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 4:16 PM

A lot will depend on your skill set and what/how long you want the build to go on.  Are you wanting to build on skills and try new techniques?  

Out of your possibilites, the KV build may be the way you go, (IIRC there are KV-2's in 1/35, so you may bump the scale up) but that is a chioce only you can make...how are you on a dio setting with groundwork and water, along with whatever damage the KV shows?  Several people here are very good with water effects and are usually willing to help if you get stuck or aren't sure.

All comes down to what you want to take on and the time invested.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 5:43 PM

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Posted by Nino on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:17 PM

     The Soviet KV-2, although an ugly tank in my opinion , was quite unstoppable  in the war with Finland. Even the German forces could not knock it out with their existing 3.7cm  and 5.0cm guns early in the war.
 
 
     I think a model of the KV-2 would be a great addition to any AFV modelers collection.
 
     There are 1/72 kits currently available by Trumpeter and Pegasus. For a Diorama You could also make use of many HO, (1/87 scale,) accessories too.   The 1/72 model is inexpensive so it is a cheap way of experimenting .  Try some of the better WEB online stores like Scale Hobbyist, as already mentioned:
 
 
 
      However,  I consider a Tank in 1/72 scale to be a bit small.  I would recommend 1/48. HobbyBoss and Tamiya made a 1/48 kit about a dozen years ago.  It may still be available on various WeB outlets.  It all depends on what scale you think will be best and what else you may want to display it with.
 
1/48 scale kits:
 
 
 For further info on a 1/48 kit try here:
 
 
 
     Good luck with your next modeling adventure, whatever you decide.
     Make sure you have fun Buying, Building, and Enjoying the Journey.
 
   Nino
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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:27 PM

Tamiya made a 1/35 KV-2 back when. It wouldn't be a bad choice if the quality of the model tank isn't the main point. Except it's BIG.

EDIT: NO WAY! $ 117 on eBay! Looks like it'll be Hobby Boss/ Trumpeter.

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:37 PM

The 1/48 offerings might work out, can use "O" gauge model rail stuff to accesorize....

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Posted by MikeTheMediocreModeller on Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:59 AM

If I make it it will be 1/72 , and it will be a first for me , never made a diorama before just a vignette , never used resin either . I wanna try it though

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:27 AM

If your going to try resin for the first time go small. Ask me how I know. Resin is expensive, smelley and gets very hot which can distort the kit if your not carfull. However, it can make an exceptional dio. I was thinking of picking up some fiberglass resin from Walmart to see if its clear enough after drying.

As far as what to do next, Goldhammer is right, it depends on what your looking for. Inproving your skillset, reaching out of your comfort zone or just having fun with something easy.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, May 23, 2019 8:24 AM

Casting a block of resin of any size is not really doable. It works much more successfully to model the surface with a piece of glass or plastic, adding texture with resin, acrylic gloss medium or nom-silicone caulk. Make a shadow box with the tank underneath.

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Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:38 AM

modelcrazy

If your going to try resin for the first time go small. Ask me how I know. Resin is expensive, smelley and gets very hot which can distort the kit if your not carfull. However, it can make an exceptional dio. I was thinking of picking up some fiberglass resin from Walmart to see if its clear enough after drying.

As far as what to do next, Goldhammer is right, it depends on what your looking for. Inproving your skillset, reaching out of your comfort zone or just having fun with something easy.

 

MC- might try contacting a wood boat builder or company to see what they use for glass coating.  Most everything I have found on the box stores/parts houses tend to have a brownish cast to them.  I have seen several cedar canoes covered in glass that is clear and glossy.

Sorry for the semi-hijack.

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Posted by MikeTheMediocreModeller on Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:42 AM

It's not a block of resin , just a few cm . Check out 1/72 KV-2 abandoned in water by PLASMO on YouTube 

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