It is a JS-2 heavy tank built which was impulse buying in ancient times. I built it in January 2009.
This is Soviet tank JS-2 Stalin released from Tamiya recently. However, I can’t say that it is suitable price to buy with child’s pocket money, the price is 4,200 yen.
Plastic jig was included to fix six trank rollers side by side neatly.
I used the none movable plastic parts caterpillar. You can choose both of the rubber belt caterpillar and plastic caterpillar as you want. Tamiya prepares the plastic jig to set up the loosening shape in this process. How kind it is!
The impression is powerful that the body was origin of KV tank series and matched with the big turret.
I referred the article on the JS-2 detail up in the back number of the armor modeling magazine. The casting part surface was rough, it’s good effect to paste the putty and making rough surface.
I made the clear headlight parts to cut down clear plastic runner.
I adjusted these two figures to the turret. Their heads were changed to resin parts.
Always I used metal wire for traction rope. In Tamiya kit, it’s Nylon rope.
Basic painting completed. I mixed dark green and olive drab to match with the Russian tank.
To draw the white 8mm line on the turret side, I pasted the masking tapes as this photo. I cut the blank part of the numbering decal as much as I can, to prevented decal silvering.
At last, JS-2 was completed. JS-2 is German wording, in case Russian wording, it’s IS-2. Since Joseph Stalin (Iossif Stalin) is initial, it might be called a Stalin heavy tank.
43 caliber 122 mm tank gun had immeasurable fire power. It was possible to penetrate from the range distance 1,000m through a front armor of the Tiger heavy tank. The tank soldier was killed and injured in case of cracked armor, and scattered the inner wall, even if it was not possible to penetrate. The survival rate of JS-2 is improved as the armor of JS-2 is 120 mm.
I dropped the weathering a little, at first I did too much dirty paint and repainting. It is necessary to care the balance of the weathering in the front, back, left and right.
I expressed a white cross on the turret and the white belt on the side in a tricky curve as seen longhand.
Two Russian tank crew. I think that I finished it very good painting.
The person in the right is a higher rank, though I cannot say that the shoulder strap is accurate.
After split-up the numbering decals, transparent blank had been removed.
The reserve fuel tank and saw is the characteristic items for Russian AFV.
I did washing and made dirty with the pastel on the trank roller and the caterpillar.
There are molding lines as the weld marks on a reserve tank.
Marking of this vehicle is 7th Independent Guards Heavy Tank Brigade in April 1945, Berlin. Soviet army tank forces basic pattern is brigade organizations and the tanks in 60-70 in one brigade. It’s organized of 3 battalions.
Photo that moves turret to the left.
I glared at the caterpillar to amplify the villainy of the heavy tank. I suppose the powerful atmosphere increased.