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KV-I (Trumpeter 1/35th)

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  • From: SW Virginia
KV-I (Trumpeter 1/35th)
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, December 2, 2021 8:47 PM

Finished this a month or so ago, went on vacation/holiday and didn't get her posted. 

Fantastic kit from Trumpeter, fit like a dream, cheap - I paid about twenty-six bucks US on Sprue Brothers - about as cheap as you'll find any 1/35th kit these days. Perfect starter kit for anyone who wants to try out a 1/35th armour kit or someone who just wants a quick, cheap, dirty build. 

I figured I'd just play around with some new techniques. I'd done some whitewashs but I decided to go whole hog with this one- am very happy with the results. It's just a couple coats of cheap hairspray, some Tamiya white acrylic paint, and a cheap brush. 

I've used snow before but never a lot of it. It was about 95F / 35C outside at the time so the snow was nice. When it's freezing outside maybe I'll do a tropical or desert vehicle... This is the Woodland Scenics snow effects- I'm not totally happy with it. If anyone has a better product I'd be happy to give it a go. 

Now that I look at the photos maybe I should have added some snow to the running gear- I dunno... 

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

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:19 PM

That's really nice,you blended the whitewash,snow,mud,and weathering very nicely.

I really like the contrast with the muddy running gear and the snow.

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, December 3, 2021 1:59 AM

Lookin' good!

I feel like turning the heating up when I look at your model!

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, December 3, 2021 2:13 AM

Ya that looks cooooold!  Well done.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, December 3, 2021 4:59 AM

Nice one Gamera!  And just in time too, since Tamiya recently released a new tool KV-1, with a new KV-2 to follow shortly!  The Trumpy KV series gets generally good marks from the experts, and like you said they are cheap.

I'd better get on and finish my Trumpy KV-2...  Embarrassed

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, December 3, 2021 7:26 AM

Create effects Gam!  It really does give a cold impression!

Chad

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At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

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  • Member since
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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 3, 2021 8:38 AM

Thanks guys!!! Ya'll are too kind!

Lol, as I said when I was putting the snow on the base it was about 95F / 35C and it did make me feel a little cooler! Guess I should have posted the thing when it was still swealting hot... 

Real G: Looking forward to the new Tamiya KV series- I'm guessing they'll be running about seventy-eighty bucks US. I'm happy with this kit- for about the same price I can get two-three of them for the price of what Tamiya will probally be charging.

And please finish up your KV-2, I really want to see what you're going to do with her. Esp the awesome quick-fried tower.

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Friday, December 3, 2021 11:01 AM

Looks good, G. Got a nice chilly feel to it.

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, December 3, 2021 11:53 AM

Great looking KV tank Gamera! Very nicely done! I've heard nothing but good things about the Trumpter KV family of kits.(aside from the atrociously bad hilarious translation of the history on the instruction sheet and box top) Yours is a fine example of what can be done with the kit.YesYes

Is that a Hobby Lobby wood plaque that you used for the base? Wink

 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, December 3, 2021 12:50 PM

Gamera,

Here is where the quick fried tower is currently at:

Definitely going to use your model as inspiration for weathering, but without the snow!

Tamiya's forthcoming KV-2 has a standing commander figure that pays homage to the old 1970s kit.  You know the one:  the grumpy looking dude with the clenched fist and 1,000 km stare.

The Modelling News: Preview: Tamiya's Soviet Heavy Tank KV-2 in 1/35th scale...

My kit will be employing a sneering comander and assistant:

As Commander says, "Is tough being in Soviet Army!"

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 3, 2021 12:57 PM

Thanks RBaer!!!

And gee you're almost done there Real G. It wouldn't take much to push her over the finish line. And it's nice to hear that Tamiya is paying homage to those classic kits. I built the vintage KV-2 years ago, loved the figure! Love those new figures you've got too, look tough for the camera!

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, December 3, 2021 1:20 PM

Gamera,

I built the old Tamiya KV-1 in the late 1970s and really enjoyed the story of the lone KV blocking a road that was included on the instruction sheet.

Yes I need to push the KV-2 over the finish line.  Nothing holding up the work other than laziness.

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:16 AM

Sorry SP, thanks and somehow I missed your question. Not Hobby Lobby but Michaels- it is a cheap wooden plaque though - probably the same product.

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

 

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  • From: Dripping Springs, TX, USA
Posted by RBaer on Thursday, December 9, 2021 5:49 PM

I built the old Tamiya KV-1 kit as well, but when Trump came out with theirs, I jumped on a couple, and have one more in the stash. Dare I say it, they're "Tamiya-esque" as far as engineering and assembly go, and the original releases are still inexpensive.

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  • Member since
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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 10, 2021 9:13 AM

RBaer

I built the old Tamiya KV-1 kit as well, but when Trump came out with theirs, I jumped on a couple, and have one more in the stash. Dare I say it, they're "Tamiya-esque" as far as engineering and assembly go, and the original releases are still inexpensive.

 

Yeah, I've built the vintage Tamiya kits a few times. You're can't go wrong with them or the Trumpeter kits. And as for the KV-1 and 2 they're big, squat, and brutal looking machines. Like Tojo's IS-II they capture the concept of 'tank' perfectly for me. 

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, December 10, 2021 11:05 AM

Nice work, Gamera. The snow and winter camo look great and the base really seals the deal. Well done.

BK

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Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

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Tamiya 1/48 F4U Birdcage, 

1/25 Revell 32 Ford Coupe

1/12 Bandai "Mandolorian"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

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  • Member since
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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 10, 2021 4:43 PM

Thanks Brandon, it was a fun kit! 

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

 

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