1945 WWII Soviet IS-2 ( TAIGEN\TORRO )

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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:24 pm

Good morning,
Following the news of this models impending release, I, along with many others here, awaited it's release. A year later at Christmas, Forgebear shipped a slightly damaged ( in previous shipping ) IR version to me. Very Happy overall! Minor plastic repairs later, I have to say that this is one of TAIGEN \TORROs best metal releases yet. Function is flawless and it runs as smoothly as any of the Hobby grade MFU and Receiver equipped models I currently run. All of this has been covered elsewhere along with the build of a 1/35 scale Dragon version for research and paint. That model is finished and while I have done a few things to the TAIGEN IS-2 ( detail-wise ), it is time to open a real Build thread to finish it up. Now to find somethings to add to make it an even bigger piece of eye candy. In the meanwhile, here are some few photos of the finished research tank and crew. Pics: ( Click to enlarge )
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All of those tiny pieces are parts of the crews helmets plus the Commanders field glasses..jpg
All of those tiny pieces are parts of the crews helmets plus the Commanders field glasses.
A close up view.  I turned the Driver figure into a Loader by swapping Brake Handles for an Aux Headset..jpg
A close up view. I turned the Driver figure into a Loader by swapping Brake Handles for an Aux Headset.
Finished Tank and Crew.jpg
Finished Tank and Crew
Lightened paint still looks good compared to the darker version on the RC model..jpg
Lightened paint still looks good compared to the darker version on the RC model.
Crew closeup.jpg
Crew closeup
Dragon kits are worth the money especially as research kits for RC versions..jpg
Dragon kits are worth the money especially as research kits for RC versions.
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Postby forgebear » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:27 pm

very nice painless made a good tank look great bud :wave:
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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:07 pm

Good morning, Dave and Julie!
I am glad that you like the research model, guys! Here are a couple of pics of it's Big brother after a run outdoors. Pics: ( Click to enlarge ) Video is up on my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WThbZ_Zdq5E
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After a Run in the Rough outdoors..jpg
After a Run in the Rough outdoors.
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Postby forgebear » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:14 am

great video painless glad them stones did not get caught in the gears :clap: and we are glad you like the tank
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Postby Soeren » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:17 pm

What an amazing model. Tempting to say the least. Following along.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:42 pm

Good morning!
I'm on the lookout for a working Barrel Brace for this brute. I have found a WWII Dushka MG on Shapeways. Very intricate and pleasing to the eye and did I mention intricate? As long as it is strong enough to withstand bumps and bangs it should work fine. Chains I have and stowage as well as one crew figure shipping and one arrived. Enough to get started with. Firstly, some bounce needs to be taken out of the barrel. Dave! Thanks again, Doc! Yes, I am starting to see why tracks are run slack on this type of tank. Clearance for rocks!
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:32 pm

PainlessWolf wrote:Good morning!
I'm on the lookout for a working Barrel Brace for this brute. I have found a WWII Dushka MG on Shapeways. Very intricate and pleasing to the eye and did I mention intricate? As long as it is strong enough to withstand bumps and bangs it should work fine. Chains I have and stowage as well as one crew figure shipping and one arrived. Enough to get started with. Firstly, some bounce needs to be taken out of the barrel. Dave! Thanks again, Doc! Yes, I am starting to see why tracks are run slack on this type of tank. Clearance for rocks!
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:D :thumbup:
Evening, Painless.
Even with the nervous barrel, this model ticks all the right boxes. ;) It sounds absolutely brutish and imposing ( with sound effects not unlike the sounds we'd expect from a Clark unit :) , It handles well on the chippings (notwithstanding the nervous proboscis), and really, really looks the part. :)
I'd have to agree that Taigen has pulled out all the stops with this offering. :thumbup: It must be their best to date.
Is there any way the barrel can be dampened internally? Would a stick-on weight help, for example? It could be that the gun is out of balance on its trunnions/pivots. Lately, I've been reading about how weights were added to the (real) 17-Pounder to balance it for tank use; much in the way that folk do when setting up their flying models. :think:
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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:02 pm

Good morning, Roy!
I've spoken to a knowledgeable sort shortly after I made the video and it was suggested that I used a foam rubber washer on the trunnions to stiffen up the balance point. Failing that, a spring mount ala' Tamiya ( of which I have a couple floating around ) or a weighted barrel may be the way to go. Things to do!
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:53 pm

I use foam under my trunnions to dampen any barrel “Parkinson’s” and it does help.
I assume the system is still the standard Taigen all in one elevation/recoil unit?
Adding foam under the pivot point should help.
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Postby Soeren » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:27 pm

Where would you exactly put the foam when speaking of trunions?
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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:41 pm

Good afternoon,
Assuming that Herman and I are on the same Train of Thought, place the foam under the pivot points where the trunnion mounts connect to the inner turret wall.
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Postby Soeren » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:54 pm

Ok. Might be worth a try. Thanks.
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:37 pm

Basically jami a bit under the mantle assembly against the turret roof.
As there is a sliding recoil , there will always be a bit of wobble jyst in the clearance between the barrel and sleeve, made worse but the length of the barrel.
Trick is to take out as mush free play as possible from all components.
Foam is a bit “ agricultural “ but it helps
I use bed roll mat material used for camping.
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:31 pm

Sorry, l seemed to have missed this thread. Yes, foam works fine as a damper on mine - crude compared with a mini shock absorber but works well enough and far cheaper. Better than a spring too as sponge doesn't bounce like a spring!

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Postby Soeren » Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:06 am

Rctank.de stocks it now as well. Really great looking vehicle. A but sad though, that there is only a metal turret.
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Postby General Jumbo01 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:09 pm

I know there has been some concern about the metal turret but, when you consider the hefty weight of the cast metal hull, it doesn't appear top heavy at all. Indeed, the size and weight of the meta barrel and the masses involved in the superb recoil action, the metal turret helps to stabilise things - something l would assume Taigen gave some thought to.

In my opinion, this new Taigen edition shadows all that has gone before it. The IS-2 has always been a favourite of mine but this is not a matter of 'love is blind'. It fully deserves pride of place.

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Postby Ghosttjr » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:17 pm

Soeren wrote:What an amazing model. Tempting to say the least. Following along.

I believe this is the most expensive Taigen tank ; p
I saw it on rctank.de


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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:04 pm

Good morning,
Parts are filtering in for this tank. The Shapeways Dushka MG came in and it is a beauty. I am still awaiting a working rear turret MG from RCTank.de and some clue as to where to get a working barrel brace. ( Someone could make some serious dough from offering one of those ) To fill up the time, I am working on the crew. Pics ( Click to enlarge )
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My choice for a Commander.jpg
My choice for a Commander
From the Russian Federation comes a trusty Turret Helper.jpg
From the Russian Federation comes a trusty Turret Helper
Excellent like almost everything that Trumpeter does..jpg
Excellent like almost everything that Trumpeter does.
Not as many parts as the Trumpeter kit but very nicely cast in a durable resin..jpg
Not as many parts as the Trumpeter kit but very nicely cast in a durable resin.
It took a little sanding and careful reforming with heat to get the Commanders uniform tunic to fit in the hatch..jpg
It took a little sanding and careful reforming with heat to get the Commanders uniform tunic to fit in the hatch.
Enough material left to provide a stable base.jpg
Enough material left to provide a stable base
Parts set aside that I plan to use.  The Commander will used as either a turret piece or stand alone using magnets to connect the halves..jpg
Parts set aside that I plan to use. The Commander will used as either a turret piece or stand alone using magnets to connect the halves.
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Working along...
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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:31 pm

...continued
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Shapeways WWII Dushka.jpg
Shapeways WWII Dushka
Intricate mg mount and accessories.jpg
Intricate mg mount and accessories
Magnets to connect upper and lower figure parts.jpg
Magnets to connect upper and lower figure parts
A strong fit....jpg
A strong fit...
Tamiya Primer and a Fabric Tan Model Masters basecoat.jpg
Tamiya Primer and a Fabric Tan Model Masters basecoat
Some pupils and drilling out a boot for a different type of pedestal mount ... Original was too large and elaborate..jpg
Some pupils and drilling out a boot for a different type of pedestal mount ... Original was too large and elaborate.
Working on the boots...Plastic used in molding works best with Tamiya type adhesives..jpg
Working on the boots...Plastic used in molding works best with Tamiya type adhesives.
Switching to the Loader...Same type of pedestal mount used.jpg
Switching to the Loader...Same type of pedestal mount used
Intial primer and paint.jpg
Intial primer and paint
Coming along.jpg
Coming along
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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:34 pm

...continued
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Arms are dry fitted to allow smg placement during final assembly.jpg
Arms are dry fitted to allow smg placement during final assembly
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