Post by scratchmod on Jun 10, 2013 18:32:46 GMT -5
Well since I can't slap any primer or paint on Thor due to the weather, I thought I'd take down a couple of KV-I kits I had started some time last year when I bought 5 KV-I and II kits. I had started the hulls of two, or three?, of them but will work on one fr now and see where that leads me. Playing it buy ear atm as I have no real plan for them.
KV-I & II Wreck Fest
As the title now says, this is going to be a collection of knocked/wrecked KV-I and KV-II tanks. This will be a long and drawn out project utilizing the 5 kits that I had once started. They will range from a simply out out action tank with a single penetration hole from an AP round, to a completely blown apart KV-I.
Here are some of the started models in containers and marked so as not to mixed them up. I'll be using some of the reference images to guide me through these builds. A link to the site where these references images can be found are in the MSC Library.
Last Edit: Jun 26, 2013 16:58:24 GMT -5 by scratchmod
KV's really got my interest and I found it interesting how the Germans had missed its development completely which kind of surprised me as they were such allies of the Fins, only if the Soviets had started it a little earlier so the could work out the drive train bugs. I'm going to have to watch how you do this.
Post by scratchmod on Jun 11, 2013 13:59:45 GMT -5
ok a couple of pics of the KV's I have. These are all queens that were started but not much done to them, except the blown apart KV. Two hull need to be glued up, and two are already glued. now I need to figure which hull goes to which kit, then I can start one of them.
Gonna do some cleaning up in the hobby room before I get to this, I need some room.
Well there's certainly no shortage of photographic inspiration for knocked-out/abandoned/broken/burnt/stacked/discombobulated KVs out there...... And the Trump KVs are great kits too. I'm going to watch this one, maybe inspire me to grab the one in my stash and get after it. I did one a few years back, OOB except for Friuls, and it was a real pleasurable build, something that I'm always ready for. Can't wait to see what transpires here, Rob.
Post by scratchmod on Jun 12, 2013 15:48:41 GMT -5
LOL, soon G. Not really much to show, just parts cut from the sprue and cleaned. Not really sure which KV I will do at the moment. I have an idea for two of them, but the others not sure yet. One will be in W/W and the others just 4Bo.
Not much done the past few days. The only thing I did was to take the already assembled and or parts that were previously removed from sprues, and now into marked containers so as not to get things mixed up. Now it's time to pick the first model to get worked on.. Good thing that there aren't as many parts to these kits as say the Dragon kits. Construction is very much straight forward with just some added battle damage being done. Not going all out with these since one is already a blown apart tank. Referring to the ref pics many of the knocked out KV tanks had minor damage with many being a hole from AP rounds and maybe missing fender sections and thrown track.
Post by scratchmod on Jun 13, 2013 16:20:39 GMT -5
KV-I kit number #358
And so it begins. I am starting with kit #358 and it's basically a straight forward knocked out KV. The KV was hit in the rear lower plate with one round penetrating the armor and basically destroying the trans/transfer case located in the rear of the tank. The tank will have some sections of the fenders missing, and the lower section of track removed. The removal of the lower section of tracks is often seen in reference images of knocked out KV tanks on the sides of roads. This allowed the tank to be 'wheeled' off the road to allow traffic to flow past it. I have a series of ref images showing one such tank on a dirt road with tracks still on. Then images of the same KV with the lower sections removed and the KV off to the side of the road half way in a ditch.
ok on with the actual build. I started to apply some pre-dirt using squadron putty and textured with an old tooth brush. This is a starting point for later in the weathering stage when pigments will be applied to replicate earth, dirt and dust. After about 11/2 hours of removing and cleaning parts, here is where she stands. The sprockets and wheels are completed as well but not in the pic. Another hour and the model should be done....I hope.
Post by scratchmod on Jun 13, 2013 17:41:03 GMT -5
Spud, lolol, thanks mate.
Hey T, just having some fun bro.
update , kind of. I decided to do the fenders before adding the rest of the kit parts. Took a bit of time to figure out how and what I wanted to do these. They are glued on the hull and drying, pics later.
This is going to be fun to watch! Would you believe that I, at one time, had ALL of the Trumpeter KV-1 and -2 kits? Only two ever got built and then I lost interest in them but not because they were a pain...just the opposite in fact. Will be looking forward to seeing the 'gang of 5' come together Rob!