It is an old kit of TAMIYA SU-85. This kit was already out of product many years ago, only released with the box with many figures and weathering tool. I escaped from reality of Tunguska assembly, I started to build SU-85 for a change.
Detailed explanation of the German-Soviet war and the activities of the SU-85. The power of this commentary, I started to assemble it very naturally.
The metal stick was attached. The holes in the chassis and the mold of the batteries were the remnants of the motorized age.
Assembly of the upper body is almost completed. There is a tiny gap on the top, I think it’s no problem after fixing with putty.
Tamiya’s belt caterpillar tracks bend when it’s around the wheel. It’s the most regrettable point.
I brought a belt-type caterpillar from my AFV Club stock. It’s no help for complaining about the ancient kit. I was surprised that it’s well-made. The fitting to the wheel curve looks very good. When selling this belt separately keeping this quality and moderate price, I thought it’s more valuable than the separate track links.
The tow rope was changed to metal. Lower the vehicle height and jutting gun barrel look cool.
The injection parts color is very dark. When the color is so dark, the mold is difficult to recognize.
The gaps had formed around the rear fender, so it was corrected with putty. The wire netting cover on an engine compartment isn’t etched part, but mold is steady, it can be expressed in the painting process.
This quality belt caterpillar may be accepted the person who avoids using it by instinct. The belt caterpillar of the AFV Club may be unexpectedly not so bad. The best is that Tamiya released that kind of support item for old kit.
I made sure that the track won’t rise up as much as possible around the front and rear and middle wheels, looks natural.
There is a tank crew fitting to the hatch wearing his overall.
This figure was painted with water-based paint this time.
Sometimes it’s a warm day recently, it’s easy to go up the motivation which opens the window and does airbrush painting. But well, I have an allergy to cedar pollen, and don’t want to wide open my window so much. I’m a hay fever veteran from about 3rd grade of elementary school, around 35 years, so I feel gloomy. I’d like to move to the country where cedar doesn’t grow…..
The cedar was planted in quantities by a postwar forestation policy in Japan, so I think more cedar grows than any other countries.
The highlight and shade was painted with oil paint. The hair and face were also drawn in detail, I wonder it changed more realistic…
The vehicle undercoating with black paint.
I painted in TAMIYA Acrylic paint, and peeled off acrylic and took out the first black color at random. I’m planning the weathering and chipping heavier than usual.
SU-85 was developed in order to cope with the German heavy tank Tiger I. It participated in the actual fighting since September, 1943.
Recently, I’ve been watching a very old US TV drama “ALIAS”. Some songs in the middle of the scenes is like old-fashioned, like Ally McBeal. A script is good, so it’s an old work, but it’s very fascinating. But in the first story, character and setting is flabbergasting, I thought it’s stupid drama, but after the first, it changed to be fascinating.
At the time, the T-34s were equipped with 76.2mm Tank guns, they had to approach quite close distance to defeat the Tiger. Because this 51.6-caliber 85mm antitank gun had a penetration 110mm steel plate at 1,000m range, it can penetrate front armor 100mm of the tiger theoretically.
Su-85 was produced approximately 2000 in total. It’s used until the end of the war. After the war, they were supplied to the Warsaw Treaty Organization army and used until the 1960s.
I appealed the caterpillar this time. It was a happy surprise for me that the belt type caterpillar has an atmosphere of each track angled separately.
Because the base is the body of the T-34, most of the backside is the same.
The wire was replaced with metal. It is recommended to improve the precision. It was on the instructions that warming plastic parts over a fire to make it soft and make them fit to the body, such a skillful thing is impossible for me.
There are no places where a big decal is stuck on. A red star was diverted from other kits.
I thought an antenna was too thick in the making report, I changed it a thinner one.
It’s a simple shape tank and the body color is only dark green, an appearance becomes rich when drawing in light and shade and weathering.
This weathering is washed with the oil painting and a pastel with thinner of the water-based paint and performed a drybrushing. Though I may go too far, there are some points of nice expression in condition of color mixed and is interesting.
I carved the vertical line on the surface of the transparent resin part which was made by myself. Suddenly I saw that look like real. The pitch was more homogeneous. When it’s seen, it looks real, maybe. It was better to make the space of the vertical line equal.
From the front, another shot.
The German infantry’s viewpoint is like this photo?
Painting the figure is difficult, especially face painting. The size of the head, this is a photo of a diameter about 3 times. I think it depends on a monitor, there is a difference.
The eyes are blue like a white man.
One question, how many clothes for one soldier had? I don’t think this guy had only one overall. Maybe when the attacking stage, he changed clothes to the khaki uniform.
How was the back of the hatch? When it was white, it’s conspicuous in the battlefield, so I painted it with the body color.
The price of the kit became very high recently, I think it is fun to build old kit lightly. A caterpillar is brought from the one of the AFV Club kit this time. The AFV Club kit required some other caterpillar parts, for instance Modelcasten or AFV Club separated parts. There are lots of them in hand, so all I need to do is motivation.