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Tamiya IS-2: Finished 6/9/17

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Tamiya IS-2: Finished 6/9/17
Posted by RBaer on Monday, March 06, 2017 4:53 PM

Holding on the Magach until I get my weathering area set up, so I thought I'd do something big, ugly and green. Mr. T's JS2 looked good, and I already had the SpadeAce tracks assembled, so after one afternoon, I have the lower hull done. I still need to clean up the texturing around the tow hooks, but this was quick so far, very nice kit. I'll be depicting a beat up unit, mainly because I like that look and it works on these things, plenty of pics to go from......

Tow pics so far:


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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, March 06, 2017 7:08 PM
Looks good Russ,can't beat the sag of metal tracks on a Russian beast.

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Posted by Dash8 on Monday, March 06, 2017 7:33 PM

Going to be nice one !

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Posted by ygmodeler4 on Monday, March 06, 2017 8:41 PM
Love the look of big Russian heavies, will look in when I can

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 7:23 AM

Lookin' good! Yes

 

And the IS-2 was just a mean looking tank, low-slung chassis and a giant honkin' gun. Looking forward to seeing how she turns out. 

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 10:04 AM

I like the look of these things too. I alsways have it in the back of my mind: what might have happened if the Israelis had gotten ahold of a bunch of these things?

I like the big gun, low silhouette look.

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 9:41 AM

A bit more: some basic assembly, prepping for the RB barrel, and some texturing and detailing on the front hull casting, mainly to emphasize the crudely removed casting plugs. Still thinking about how much fender damage to do, but definitely plan on some.

 IMG_0426 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:15 AM

RBaer

I like the look of these things too. I alsways have it in the back of my mind: what might have happened if the Israelis had gotten ahold of a bunch of these things?

accd to Wiki, Egypt had 100 IS-3Ms until 1967 war. Israel captured 3 and tried them as turret bunkers.

My own guess is that big slow and hard to load tanks didn't fit Israeli operational strategy.

 

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:01 PM

GMorrison

 

 
RBaer

I like the look of these things too. I alsways have it in the back of my mind: what might have happened if the Israelis had gotten ahold of a bunch of these things?

 

 

accd to Wiki, Egypt had 100 IS-3Ms until 1967 war. Israel captured 3 and tried them as turret bunkers.

 

My own guess is that big slow and hard to load tanks didn't fit Israeli operational strategy.

 

 

 

Agreed, no real benefit to using them.

So a bit more today, I added the mold cut on the turret and did some more texturing. I also thinned the fenders from the underside and trimmed the rear fenders.

 IMG_0429 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0430 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0428 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0427 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:28 AM

A bit more: fenders severely thinned from the underside, losts of shaving and sanding involved, and since the vast majority of in-action pics I have show no tools or exterior fuel tanks, I just added the brackets for each. The saw bracket is from a T-34 set, other bits are scrap.

 IMG_0431 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0431 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:56 AM
Nice job on the texturing

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:36 AM

Tojo72
Nice job on the texturing
 

Ditto

That is really looking good. 

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, March 24, 2017 11:53 AM

More fun: fuel tank straps, fenders damaged slightly, horn and light on and  wired, and a few fittings on the hull. I put the running gear on for the pics, and because it's too cool looking......

A few more bits on the hull and it's turret time.

 IMG_0436 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0435 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0434 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0433 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 24, 2017 2:32 PM

Everything looks good, like the missing fuel drums. 

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Posted by the doog on Friday, March 24, 2017 7:46 PM

VERY nice! That kit looks killer--the old DML ones are a royal PITA to build--you have to put spacers in around the entire hull to raise it away from the tracks, lest they rub the bottoms of the fenders.A real dimensional snafu.

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Posted by RBaer on Friday, March 24, 2017 11:07 PM

G, Karl: thanks. I'm having fun on this one, always a good thing.

Karl, I built the old Dragon kit when it was new and wondered why the tracks were up against the fenders, figured something was off. Wouldn't mind scoring another one though, I have a project in mind.....

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Posted by the doog on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 4:34 PM

RBaer

G, Karl: thanks. I'm having fun on this one, always a good thing.

Karl, I built the old Dragon kit when it was new and wondered why the tracks were up against the fenders, figured something was off. Wouldn't mind scoring another one though, I have a project in mind.....

 

Yeah, ou have to put like an .040 spacer between the hull halves. It's quite the PITA. Gotta reshape the hull front and the rear is tricky, but it comes out looking much better. All the TDs using that same chassis from Dragon have the same problem, yuck!

 

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, March 30, 2017 3:03 PM

I recall that. My idea was to mate the Tamiya lower hull to the "early" Dragon upper hull, but it might be wiser to just wait for a conversion for the Tamiya kit.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, March 31, 2017 9:42 AM
Nice job, I picked up the 1/48 scale Tamiya one a couple of months ago.
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Posted by RBaer on Monday, April 03, 2017 10:12 AM

Thanks Rob. The 1/35 version is a sweet kit, very well engineered and typical late Tamiya parts fit. I'm enjoying it immensely, especially after all the fit and cleanup issues with the Academy Magach I just almost finished.

So here's a poorly focused pic of the fender-mounted tool box, with a bit of PE, all I've done lately:

 IMG_0437 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 7:30 AM

She's looking good. Those tool box handles are the sort of stuff I shoot all over the room or they fall into oblivion.

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Posted by RBaer on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 9:45 AM
It was touch and go, thought I had actually lost one of the plastic pieces I shaved off and re-mounted but it was close by, lucky me.

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Posted by RBaer on Monday, April 10, 2017 10:04 PM

A guy on another forum pointed me towards some crazy reference pics, mainly showing some horrible casting lugs and nasty welds on what appear to be late-build tanks, but also some small details on the hull that I missed, such as turret ring drain holes and a huge weld bead and drain hole on the driver's splash guard, so I added those. I also added some rivets on the front fender mounts, then went on to the turret. I deepened the torch cuts where the casting lugs were removed and did some texturing on the TC's cupola and thinned the front of the mantlet rain cover. Geting close to paint!

 IMG_0441 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0440 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0438 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0439 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

More later!

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 3:46 PM

Way to go, Russ!

Those Russian tanks really do have some spots on their castings that just look terrible. Then again they wern't buildt for good looks, just to kill some Germans!

Once I was talking to a SS anti-tank unit veteran and he told me: People think it's propaganda, because we report three tanks destroyed, where the Russians only report one destroyed. But in fact it was like that - he said: We knock out a tank one day, they tow it back in the night, weld over the hole, mop up the bloody mess inside, new crew and next day the tank is back on the line, where we knock it out again, repeat. This way we knock it out N times, and they lost only one!

Anyhow - good luck with your build and have a nice day

Paweł

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Posted by RBaer on Thursday, April 13, 2017 10:27 AM

Thanks, Pawel, and good, if grisly, info!

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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, April 15, 2017 2:41 PM

Thank you for sharing.  You're doing a great job!

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Posted by RBaer on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 9:57 AM

Thank you Toshi. Lotso' fun here, for sure. I really like this kind of modeling, almost dreading paint....

Anyway, here's some casting marks, made from sprue markings.

 IMG_0442 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0443 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

Still too windy here to paint, so I started back-dating the glacis on an old Tamiya T-72 the other day, and looking for some good plan views of the turret so I could "correct" the kit part. Oops.....

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:55 AM

She's coming along great! Yes

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Posted by RBaer on Sunday, April 30, 2017 11:27 AM

Base coat's on, Krylon "camo green".

 IMG_0446 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 IMG_0447 by Russel Baer, on Flickr

 

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Posted by Pawel on Sunday, April 30, 2017 3:55 PM

Hello Russ!

Lookin' good! This tank is kinda special for me because there are a couple of them in my home town. One in a museum I used to visit with my grandpa and my pops:

There's is also a second on they have in running condition(!) at the military school:

Good luck with your build and have a nice day

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