This is the Trumpeter’s KV-1. This was built in 3/2007.
Making of the chassis and the body. The structure around the foot is easy to assemble, and other parts are also excellent. I have bonded the hatch in the engine room and the driver’s seat. I want to make movable the turret hatch at least.
Two kinds of the caterpillar, a belt type and a partially connected type, were attached to this kit. The partially connected type seems to be good in an unusual method. Belt type has also enough mold and it looks easier to assemble.
I chose a partially connected caterpillar. It is easy to assemble this caterpillar without bonding the back wheel with teeth for delicate adjusting before fixing the final position. It is a good atmosphere with the slack of caterpillar.
As for the copper wire of the kit attachment, I can put shape easily. I opened the machine-gun muzzle with the design knife. The back of the body, there is a gap so I puttied it. A backlight was masked before painting. On the turret, I marked hit damage to some places. A German army had fought hard because of KV-1’s thick armor. Turret hatch was made a movable type to use brass wire.
After all, because of wall repair material was not bonded firmly, I blended the plastic putty together. I thought it’s better to use the bond for woodwork. The mud of the putty after the basic paint was a strange atmosphere.
The caterpillar made dirty with the putty and the part where there’s mud are without dry brushing with the gunmetal. I would like to show the image of the brave man of the battle putting up the battle damages of cannonballs.
I finished up the muffler in the rusted situation. The wire rope and nearby area, I painted rust. It is a natural bright color, I suppose. The wire net was painted in the black and after that dry-brushed by the light tone.
This time, washing, dry-brushing and tipping expression was not matched totally. The tool on the right side might be a saw. No instruction about the painting of the saw handle, I painted it in brown and made dry-brushing on the clamp in metallic silver.
Only the headlight shines, although all of the body is muddy. It looks cool that the headlight shines very much though it might be unnatural. Should I not do the weathering with a too different tone under the body? First of all, from this angle looking is powerful.
I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.