SAMOKHODNAYA USTANOVKA-152/KV14 RENOVATORS DREAM!

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:06 pm

G'day folks

Got the next project on the bench.
Inherited this from a bloke that inherited it from another joker, that got it from god knows where.
Neither really did much with it over the years.
Lucky for me this was the case, or I may never have got one.
Of all the Russian AFV's, this is by far my favourite, if not almost of ALL AFV's............

What I have is a Jukenburg SU152 kit in resin, with the original resin barrel & mantlet assembly, and what I can assume is a Taigen lower.
This thing is very old, perhaps over a Decade, so what I have, is what I've got.
Its a bit of a basket case, lots of broken bits etc, periscope covers robbed off it, no rear hatches, no internals............but wow! its a Jukenburg 152 8O

Plan to represent an early version KV14 that went into Kursk as an unknown weapon system, that became the stuff of legends........
Zveroboy (Animal Killer)
Already during research there is a realm of info as to what distinguishes an early, from a mid, from a late, from an ISU 152
Commonly seen in newsreels, these early versions numbered only 700 odd.
The most familiar ones are actually ISU 152's which were produced until the late 50's.

I will be scouring the world for bits for this thing, have a barrel on the way ;) , and would really appreciate any guidance on parts etc to get it to where it should be.
Ive got a specific version in mind.......................
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Postby Tiger6 » Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:29 pm

Give me a few hours (i.e. after I knock off for the day), and I'll upload a bunch of pics - Mine's the El-Mod, but I think they should be the same.

Also to add - no internals is par for the course with Juckenburg, you can expect a few headaches there... 8O
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:30 pm

This sounds like it's going to be a very interesting build Herman :thumbup:
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Postby PainlessWolf » Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:06 pm

Good Morning,
Big fan of Russian armor here. You'll have lots of fun with that one!
regards and following along.
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Postby tankme » Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:56 pm

I'm building an SU-152 also at the moment from the Armoured Models kit. Info on the SU-152 on the internet is scarce and hard to find because the search engines also bring up the ISU-52 which of course is a completely different TD based on the IS chassis. Good pages I found:

http://www.tigerscorner.ru/index.php?topic=833.0
https://thearmoredpatrol.com/2020/03/14 ... -destroyer
https://www.recomonkey.com/Land-Platfor ... led/SU-152

I'm also using the KV Variant book which has extensive line drawings of all the SU-152 features.

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Postby Tiger6 » Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:30 pm

I'd forgotten just how heavy this thing is 8O

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Let me know if you need anything else :thumbup:

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Postby sassgrunt » Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:44 pm

I also bought one of the El-mod kits. I was very impressed by the aluminum 152mm barrel, but not happy with the clear resin muzzle brake. And then, I found that Shapeways offers a replacement in either plastic or METAL (hubba-hubba)! Naturally, I got the metal one just because it was so cool; although it adds a lot of weight to an already-flimsy barrel mount/pivot. Link to that is here: https://www.shapeways.com/product/E9KA5 ... arketplace

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Postby Tiger6 » Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:09 am

at the risk of jinxing it - that muzzle break was been remarkably robust...

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:42 am

How I got it........................
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:47 am

How I want it to look when its done.....................

http://www.workbenchhobbies.com/su-152/#s9

Some early versions had camo patterns, some did not.
Some very late ones had camo(ISU 152's) , some did not.

I like the look of this one, and its harder to get right than just a plain green one.
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Postby Tiger6 » Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:51 am

Not as much of a basket case as I was expecting then, which is good :thumbup:

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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:04 am

Whats not pictured is the cracking along the join between the casemate & lower, and bent lower hull tub which has distorted the suspension, and broken off mounting points that secure the upper to the quick release mechanism.

It seems to have a coat of enamel paint, so I will try oven cleaner to try to get it to lift.
I put some putty on a "shell strike" mark on the resin casemate and it also softened the paint.

I'll get it, just have to back a bit to go forward ;)

Thanks for your pictures mate, they are going to be well handy.
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Postby Tiger6 » Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:22 am

She'll be right, mate :thumbup:

If its been left standing on its wheels for any length of time, you might find the suspension has collapsed - it didn't take long for my original torsion bars to go into yield and have to be replaced with an upgrade set on mine, which I've never been able to set up right :/ .
It hasn't helped that I put heavy metal Asiatam tracks on the already hefty metal road-wheeled chassis, that is already lugging around the billet machined aluminium fuel tanks and gun barrel. I think if I did this again, I would have stuck with a plastic HL chassis and track set...

At least I haven't shredded the old Asiatam gearboxes yet - rather surprised about that to be honest, given that I have battled with this sucker back when I was in Detroit, and I have had failures in much lighter vehicles 8O

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Postby PershingLover » Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:35 pm

Ooh another Herman build! And something we don't see to often. Good luck on fixing it!
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Postby c.rainford73 » Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:08 pm

This should be fun to watch Herman. I'd expect nothing but the best
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Postby Wildboar44 » Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:07 pm

Looking forward to another award winner Mr Bix. :clap:
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Postby tankme » Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:20 pm

The bar mounts on my upper that secures it to the lower broke in shipment on mine also. I used some Tamiya extra thin cement to reattach the mounting point to the upper and then reinforced the whole mount by wrapping with some epoxy putty.

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Postby Estnische » Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:51 pm

New carpet and a lick of paint and she’ll be ready to move into. :D

Good luck mate, that body sounds like one of those Italian cars made from Russian steel back in the 1980s 8O
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:21 am

I admire your collective confidence!!
I had one of those “ Kids, don’t try this at home” moments.
Got home later in the arvo on Saturday than I wanted, but I still felt the urge to get the crappy paint of the upper hill.
Whipped out the oven cleaner and gave it a liberal coating.
In my haste to get it done, didn’t use any gloves.
Now have caustic burns on my fingers.

I’m now officially a weapons grade Tard
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Postby Soeren » Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:07 pm

HERMAN BIX wrote:I admire your collective confidence!!
I had one of those “ Kids, don’t try this at home” moments.
Got home later in the arvo on Saturday than I wanted, but I still felt the urge to get the crappy paint of the upper hill.
Whipped out the oven cleaner and gave it a liberal coating.
In my haste to get it done, didn’t use any gloves.
Now have caustic burns on my fingers.

I’m now officially a weapons grade Tard


Sometimes, but only sometimes, it is advisable to read and follow the precautionary information on some devices. Our ovencleaner is strongly alakaline. I wouldnt want that "hands on experience" :S :think: :wtf:
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