1945 WWII Soviet IS-2 ( TAIGEN\TORRO )

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:15 pm

Wow, that really is an excellent figure Painless :thumbup:
And your painting is looking very good :clap:

She's going to drive Joe even more crazy, even with the Devils Dumplings being covered ;)
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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:58 pm

Mick,
Thanks, Doc! I defuzzed her paint job from dust and touched up her hair along the helmet line today. Shes as good as it gets from me. Crazy Joe? Hence the SMG she's toting. ;o)
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:39 pm

Yeah, I totally agree, you didn't have to do much at all judging from that close up you posted. Less is more as they say :thumbup:
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Postby c.rainford73 » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:57 pm

Mr Painless what a fantastic looking figure :thumbup: Really well done
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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:02 pm

Carl!
Good afternoon. I'm never satisfied with my figure work. At least the Tank Hobby World is safe from me creating any more 'Crazy Joes'. ;o) I have had a few tips and tricks beat into my noggin by some really good Figure painters here and on the Web.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:11 am

Went by the Barnes and Noble this weekend and picked up some tank related books. These are not really reference books so they should be safe to drop a couple of pics of here. The male commander figure is coming along well. He should look at least as good as the female figure. I am only awaiting one more piece for the tank itself, one of Maxmekkers excellent speakers. Pics ( click to enlarge )
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Good stuff comes from RCTanks.de.jpg
Good stuff comes from RCTanks.de
The Good Stuff.jpg
The Good Stuff
An Ebay find and a surprisingly good Movie.jpg
An Ebay find and a surprisingly good Movie
Folks are already talking about this one...looking forward to reading it....jpg
Folks are already talking about this one...looking forward to reading it...
Something a little different than my usual Classic Military Vehicles magazine.jpg
Something a little different than my usual Classic Military Vehicles magazine
Great for pics and back stories of the Big Guns on tanks, arty and shipping.jpg
Great for pics and back stories of the Big Guns on tanks, arty and shipping
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:35 pm

Interesting haul you have there painless :thumbup:

I was considering purchasing that T34 video. Please let us know what you think of it :thumbup:
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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:30 pm

Good morning, Mick,
It is worth the purchase. Doesn't pull any punches about what happens when a tank is shot through and through by an AP round. Ending is a little dramatic but doesn't detract from the overall film. You should find it enjoyable. It pulled both the Mate and myself into the plot with strong characters and great locations. As far as effects, someone had some rubles to spend and it shows. ;o)
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:40 pm

Thank you painless :thumbup:

Yeah, I heard about the slow motion filming special effects. I think I will get a copy.

Thanks again :thumbup:
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Postby PainlessWolf » Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:34 pm

Took some time last night to complete the tank's Commander. He did not turn out too badly but is sort of a stiff fellow compared to the cast resin Loader. Time to move on to the tank itself. Pics: ( Click to enlarge )
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Paint in Progress
Paint before Flats applied.jpg
Paint before Flats applied
Completed paint.jpg
Completed paint
The female resin figure seems more organic but Trumpeter did not do a bad job.jpg
The female resin figure seems more organic but Trumpeter did not do a bad job
In Commander mode...time to start on his tank now.....jpg
In Commander mode...time to start on his tank now....
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Postby Max-U52 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:59 pm

A couple years ago Squadron put that kit on sale for five bucks each. I bought four. One I assembled and sent as a gift to Erik, to go with his T-34.

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I still have three left, still in the shrink wrap.

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The plan is to flagrantly copy Mr. Wolf and use one for my JS-2. Probably a good idea to keep one as a spare. Sooo, I suppose some worthy JS-2 or T-34 owner might be able to talk me out of one. Maybe. @) @)
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Postby PainlessWolf » Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:55 pm

Max!,
A Plethora of Riches! It is a good figure and poses well as either free standing or cupola mounted. The next piece of Soviet armor I have planned is an early KV-2, the 'Big Barn'. For that tank, there is a resin Kolobanov figure available that I plan to use. There are other Russian 'Tank Grrl' Loaders as well so one of those may show up. ;o)
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Postby PainlessWolf » Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:54 am

Tonight's work involved correcting the Commander's epaulets and that led to some paint touch up but he is finally done. After that bit of fun, I got to work on the tank...PICS ( Click to enlarge )
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Realized the Commanders epaulets were on backwards and swapped them around....jpg
Realized the Commanders epaulets were on backwards and swapped them around...
The swap called for paint touchup but he is finally done.jpg
The swap called for paint touch up but he is finally done
First work on the tank was to repair the broken fibre on the turret mg and install a brass BUG mg..jpg
First work on the tank was to repair the broken fibre on the turret mg and install a brass BUG mg.
Removing the broken fibre piece involved careful hand drilling with a couple of different bit diameters.jpg
Removing the broken fibre piece involved careful hand drilling with a couple of different bit diameters
The bow fibre that simulates gunfire is thankfully intact..jpg
The bow fibre that simulates gunfire is thankfully intact.
Test fit of the barrel.jpg
Test fit of the barrel
Success!.jpg
Success!
Purposeful barrel droop ready for paint.jpg
Purposeful barrel droop ready for paint
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Postby c.rainford73 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:27 pm

Mr Painless what a vast improvement :thumbup:
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Postby Max-U52 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:06 pm

Agreed. Much better. Did you buy that MG or scratch it? If bought, can I please get a link, and if scratch, a more detailed tutorial would be much appreciated.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:21 pm

Good morning Gentlemen!
Apologies for the late reply. I slept in on Easter morning ( Happy Easter all, BTW ) and am now enjoying egg salad sammiches. Thank you, Carl! Gary, the complete MG is the one from RCTank.de and is originally a replacement for the KV tank bow MG. Drop the under barrel brace and it works perfectly for this tank. Here is the link:

https://www.rctank.de/KV-1-Bug-MG-with-accessories

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:24 pm

Egg Sammie’s eh !! I made a load of them yesterday as well, they were deliciously simple but the inevitable side effect is quite evident :sick: :shifty: (I can blame the dog only so far)

Love the figures, what colour did you use for the uniform?
I need a commander for my bed spring T34 and if Mr 52 would consider letting one go, he would be just the hero I’ve been looking for !
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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:11 am

Good afternoon, Herman!
Commander uniform colors are Model Masters Sand and Dunkelgelb light coat flats from a rattlecan over a coat of Tamiya Fine Grey primer. Shadows are Tamiya pre mixed Brown Detailer. Happy Easter Egg Sammies!
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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:25 pm

Yesterday, the improved speaker for the tank showed up from Maxmekker in Norway. I installed it last night and the tank sounds can now be described as 'Amazing!' The slightly larger size of the speaker housing has shown the need for a smaller or flatter battery. People I speak to have convinced me that NiMh batteries are going the way of NiCad types when it comes to Hobby applications. I am planning a visit this evening to one of those retail battery Shops to see if I can get a Li-Ion type one made up ( still don't completely trust LiPo batteries ) Pics: (Click to enlarge)
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Maxmekkers Finest Chocolate and Speaker.jpg
Maxmekkers Finest Chocolate and Speaker
Speaker installed using the same mount screws as the stock TaiGen unit.  Embellishment colors added by me..jpg
Speaker installed using the same mount screws as the stock TaiGen unit. Embellishment colors added by me.
Housing is a pretty good fit with .25 inch leeway on either side..jpg
Housing is a pretty good fit with .25 inch leeway on either side.
A better view of Max' handiwork..jpg
A better view of Max' handiwork.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:01 pm

A little more detail work on the lower hull and deck. I still need to find or scratch some micro lenses for the marker lights but they are drilled out and painted inside for a start. Work is ongoing in drilling out the track pin runs for the spares up front. Pics: ( Click to enlarge )
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Detailing the hull underway.jpg
Detailing the hull underway
Marker light closeup...drilled out and silver added.jpg
Marker light closeup...drilled out and silver added
Missing clamp added.jpg
Missing clamp added
Rear marker light.jpg
Rear marker light
Some of Taigens built in detail.jpg
Some of Taigens built in detail
The Loader approves....jpg
The Loader approves...
Making progress.jpg
Making progress
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