IS-2M "BRUTE OF THE PROLETARIAT"

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Jan 07, 2022 11:11 am

jee wrote:although I am not a great fan of the IS tanks, this is great work!


Thanks Mr Jee, I get that sometimes it hard to appreciate a model when its one you dont really like, but for me the thought of having an even set of German and Soviet heavy tanks is far too tempting, so the J.S. had to happen.
I will say that with the price tag of this Taigen down here making this one the most expensive tank I own, it was not without some reservation that I started hacking into it :think:
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Jan 07, 2022 11:19 am

Having managed to fluke getting 3 tins of spray primer which I normally have to order in & wait for, I got a rush of blood happening & took the big fella outside :shifty: ;)
Its real soggy & hellish humid here at the moment so I hit it with the hair drier for a bit once I got out there.
God I "Love the smell of Primer In The Evening"................(ok so its not Napalm in the morning, but its the same desire!)
I had to shove bits of cardboard masking inside it to stop any red from dusting into the internals, & I hope to get the silver base on it tomorrow.
There is still the issue of mounting the spare from track links on the lower front plate, good & solid enough to be belted constantly, but also having to look right.
Im out tomorrow morning to scour the land for suitable material.
I will not waste my last 4 remaining spare metal links on what is basically cosmetics, so if I can use the robust plastic items that I got off it, they will do if necessary.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Fri Jan 07, 2022 3:26 pm

Good morning, Herman,
The Build is really coming along great! I read your bit about redoing the front track links and holders. I'm not tooting my own horn here but the methods and materials I used turned out to be pretty solid in use. Driving it through the rough out here, I have sieved through a lot of undergrowth and lost nothing off that mounting so far. Just an idea, my friend. Following along.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Jan 08, 2022 12:29 am

PainlessWolf wrote:Good morning, Herman,
The Build is really coming along great! I read your bit about redoing the front track links and holders. I'm not tooting my own horn here but the methods and materials I used turned out to be pretty solid in use. Driving it through the rough out here, I have sieved through a lot of undergrowth and lost nothing off that mounting so far. Just an idea, my friend. Following along.
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Your horn is fine to toot Mr wolf, I did study your solution & its still a very good option.
If I can get 2mm hex head bolts I will drill clean through the hull and secure the track links with those and 2 part epoxy.
The outer 2 links are missing on '202' so I will try to get that look as well.
The actual mounts on the real tanks are massive blocks of steel welded to the hull, but the positioning of the top row would be on the upper half of the hull in the case of the Taigen, which wont work due to the opening system of them.
Its not a show stopper, but just another thing to consider before top coat.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Jan 08, 2022 10:24 am

Gun metal silver shade is on, as is the shadowing around the usual areas.
I'm getting well used to using the silver as a foundation coat over primer on Soviet machines now, it helps with the 4BO topcoat modulation.....................(tell myself that enough times & I might actually believe it :shifty: )
I wasn't worried about shading the lower hull as I'm going to use wash & pigment down there to get the look I want.
Fair way to go yet but its getting there.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Jan 09, 2022 11:03 am

Green is on.
Sure is a big canvas with a lot more angles than a King Tiger.
Lightened the larger flat top surfaces and hand painted the turret numbers & slogan.
Got paint on the tracks and washed them in too.


Loads of wash & pigments to apply so still lots to do.
Chipping effect here & there, and some sort of stowage.
I adjusted the idlers and got the sag just about right.
If it gets too loose I can set them back to where they were ex-factory without using any new links.
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Postby Jimster » Sun Jan 09, 2022 12:59 pm

Amazing transformation with the paint expertly applied. Looking great.
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Postby Dr Phibes » Sun Jan 09, 2022 2:35 pm

Herman, it's certainly coming along now! The gun metal undercoat looks like a very interesting approach indeed. I never thought of doing that to underpin the shading and modulation for 4BO but I will certainly try it the next time I do a Soviet build. :thumbup:
Looking forward to the next instalment...
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Jan 09, 2022 4:44 pm

Looks great!!
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:51 am

Jimster wrote:Amazing transformation with the paint expertly applied. Looking great.


Cheers Mr Jimster,its coming along pretty good ;)
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:55 am

Dr Phibes wrote:Herman, it's certainly coming along now! The gun metal undercoat looks like a very interesting approach indeed. I never thought of doing that to underpin the shading and modulation for 4BO but I will certainly try it the next time I do a Soviet build. :thumbup:
Looking forward to the next instalment...


Neither was I until I tried it because I ran out of an alternative :problem:
Certainly was not a scientific plan at the time I first did it, but it works.
Oh dont get me wrong, when it first goes on, there is a strong scent of "i've ^%$%'d this up" but it comes good once you cover it.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:57 am

Ad Lav wrote:Looks great!!


Appreciate it Mr Lav, I can assure you that after this one, my Soviet Phase is on hold for a bit.
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Postby jhamm » Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:05 pm

Отличное исполнение! :clap:
Необходимо проявить уважение к этому...
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Jan 11, 2022 12:32 am

jhamm wrote:Отличное исполнение! :clap:
Необходимо проявить уважение к этому...



Thanks Mr Jhamm!! I was a bit apprehensive about putting it into the translation device but I’m very happy you approve ;)
Still lots to do but at least it’s going as I hoped it would
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:11 am

I took the big Comrade down the driveway today, just to see everything was in order, and to wear the paint of the track contact points !
Even with the large amount of slack in the tracks, it ran like a Swiss watch.
Through very long grass and in & around a very rough patch of dirt & small stones.
Flawless.
Moving on with a bit of dusting, chipping & accessory fit up tonight.
Had a house full of kids & Mums today, so no chance to get out & get small bolts for the spare tracks on the hull front. :(
I still am not allowed to drive, so I cant duck out and do it myself :/
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Postby Kaczor » Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:26 am

Great looking model :)
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:08 pm

Thanks Mr Kaczor !, thats a real dag !
At the same time Uncle Joe offers a cookie, he sends Beria around to accuse me of eating to much food & that making me an enemy of the people !! :/ :/

Appreciate your encouragement ;)

I will get better pics in daylight soon, but this is where the big fella is at the moment.
The tow cables are the next thing to tick off, just got to find a place for them that looks right.
I used the sponge chipping method to get bits in high traffic areas looking a bit worn, and its ok.
A Vallejo 69035 chipping brown was my go-to on this & while its an ok look for me, but certainly nothing on the work of 'Night Shift' or his kindred :lolno:
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Postby Ludwig von wigbearer » Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:30 pm

That looks fantastic Herman, I hope your good lady wife now appreciates your hard work :clap: :thumbup: :wave:

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Thu Jan 13, 2022 10:16 am

Ludwig von wigbearer wrote:That looks fantastic Herman, I hope your good lady wife now appreciates your hard work :clap: :thumbup: :wave:


Thanks Mr Wigbearer, I think the initial shock of some high-dollar plastic going in the bin has worn off a bit now !
Shes getting the final concept of what a JS in late war cities may have looked like. :think:
(Nah, not really- its an expensive toy that I've just torn apart) :/

Got the tow cables in a spot I think is ok and suits the look & theme, but they are not fixed yet so I can easily change my mind.
Another thing is that Im so used to having tanks that get batteries changed from under the hull that I need to remember that this one opens up.
No use attaching things top to bottom as that would be a 'moment' :problem:
Could not get small bolts across the suppliers today so its off to the online stores unfortunately.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sat Jan 15, 2022 6:46 am

Mucking around with looted furniture and a Cognac barrel as stowage !
Not sure whats going to end up on it yet, I also have a choice of 2 different style pianos :O
I get that 202 did not have this visible on its deck in the period picture, but thats the fun of 'modeling- licence' !
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