Tamiya/M&B models 1/35 KV-85
Back in the day when all Armor Modelers had nothing but
Resin Aftermarket Additions for then current projects, M & B Models hit with a
KV-85 Tank to be used with a KV-1 kit from TAMIYA. Surely this vehicle
was the prototype between the KV and JS series because of the distinct
similarities of the turret, minus the 122 mm gun of the JS type. In the Resin
kit you are supplied with a turret, 85 mm gun barrel, new Hull to fit the
TAMIYA Chassis and other do dads. Minor sanding was needed to bring it up to
par and once a good going over with a glass to find any bubbles. pits or
flaws.......I was ready to go.
Assembly could not have been any easier with simple part
substitution as the only requirement. TAMIYA plastic parts were needed
throughout. Before I delve any deeper into the kit, I must give you a "Golden
Age Of Modeling Timeframe" here.......the world had not seen the likes of
EDUARD, KASTEN or FRUIL yet. DRAGON was a year away with the Scud, let
alone the JS-II. So, all we had was TAMIYA KV tracks with the detail on
the outside only. HOWEVER, having seen the recent TRUMPETER KV
series up close, I picked up a pair of Flex Track from fellow Modeler, Ron
Thorne, who built his KV with the plastic link & sag track. My world is
now complete as I was able to have detail on my tracks and not feel shame.
With the kit fully assembled it was yearning and begging me for a winter
setting. Being the man that I am, I fully complied to the Muse of Modeling.
I sprayed the entire kit TAMIYA Flat Black and gave a few progressive lighter
shades of green, starting with TAMIYA Japanese Army Green, which is a very
good Soviet WWI.I. Tank color. I then hit with a few blasts of POLLYSCALE Flat
White. After all this dried overnight we went on to a FUTURE Glosscoat and
followed with an Oil Wash of Dark Brown. I had already collected my base and
twigs and stones from the curb to be my groundwork in addition to my CELLUCLAY.
The CELLUCLAY was allowed to dry after putting the twigs/stones on it and
pressing it in to assure a good fit. After this was dry..........I painted
different shades of Browns and really gave it a thorough soaking of Brown Oil
Wash. WHILE the wash was still in puddles, I sprinkled Baking Soda onto the
base and let the Brown wash soak through in places. This gave me the effect of
a thaw. It worked out beautifully and I'm looking forward to using it again
with my Sherman 105 "Bulge" setting. (working title: By-Tor and the Snow Dog)
After the oil wash on the KV I streaked a tad of green
to represent worn area's and paint coming through the whitewash. I did not
use a Flat Coat because I intended a sorta "wet look" and again it came out
with better than expected results. A little pastel powder around the exhaust
and gun barrel and it was placed into it's setting. One thing was
missing..........a splash of color.........so out came the VERLINDEN Flag Set
and the Soviet Battle Flag was draped over the gun barrel.
I was very pleased with this effort and it really filled
a void in the Soviet Vehicle arsenal. If you see one of these sets at a swap,
grab it.........you'll be pleased too.
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getting the whole model in the frame of the images. It must be a Chicago thing
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