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Eastern Express 1/35 B-4 203mm Howitzer, Stalin’s Sledgehammer

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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Eastern Express 1/35 B-4 203mm Howitzer, Stalin’s Sledgehammer
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 9:17 PM

I built this for a So.Cal. AMPS 12 Hour Build Challenge, and just completed this, right at the 12 hour mark. There is a bit more I would like to have done, but with all the clean up needing to be done on this beast during construction, this was as good as I could do within the time allotted. To put it nicely, this kit is not for the faint of heart, modeling skills required. I built it OOB, painted it with Tamiya lacquers, and weathered with Tamiya acrylics. It looks fair enough from 2-3 feet away, but up close the time constraints show...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for looking

 

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 9:49 PM

I think that it looks great!  I've got the same kit in my stash and have plans for it in a diorama eventually.

TJS

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 10:04 PM

Oh wow, SP that looks fantastic!!! 

And knowing how rough Eastern Express kits are I'm twice as impressed!!! 

 

YesYes

 

I posted the Trumpeter kit of the B-4 I did years ago but I expect it was simple to build compared to this beast. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 10:05 PM

Thanks Tom. All I can say is take your time and be ready for lots of clean up on the beast. It's not a bad kit, but it's not an easy kit either. 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 10:20 PM

great job Stik - wrestled it into a good place and in 12 hours.  Imagine the world of hurt a battery of those things could rain down!

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    June 2004
  • From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posted by TigerII on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 10:49 PM

Nice work Stik.

Achtung Panzer! Colonel General Heinz Guderian
  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 10:12 AM

Gamera, John, Tiger, thanks for looking in and your kind words on this build.

Gamera, I've never seen the Trumpeter kit, but I can imagine based on the others of theirs that I've built that it is light years ahead of this beast in quality. I don't think that there was a single part without excessive flash, a heavy mold seam line, or an ejector pin mark. Yikes!

John, I can only image what a whole battery of these could do... especially in volley fire direct fire mode... like a heavy cruiser broadside!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 10:46 AM

That's very nice,belongs in a Berlin Street diorams.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 4:52 PM

Tojo72

That's very nice,belongs in a Berlin Street diorams.

 

Thanks Tony. Thats kind of what I have been thinking.. Wink

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 8:52 PM

Trumpeter makes a really nice set of crew for this gun- look for it under 'Soviet B-4 Howitzer Artillery Crew'. 

I used it for mine and was really happy how it turned out. Sadly I looked for photos but couldn't find them, it must have been back when I was still on Photobucket. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:03 AM

Thanks for the heads up on the figures Gamera. I do have some resin gun crew figures that I picked up for this off ebay right after I bought the gun. Now to build and paint them.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, June 24, 2023 9:51 PM

Those sound cool SP, please keep us posted! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, June 24, 2023 11:23 PM

Gamera, I will get the figures posted on here once I get them under construction and eventually completed.

12 Hour Build Challenge results… 8 started, three completed, this one took first place.

 

Victory is mine!

 

 

and a gift certificate to Brookhurst Hobbies 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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