It is an old kit from 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 the reality of the Tunguska assembly, I started to build SU-85 for a change.
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 gaps had formed around the rear fender, so it was corrected with putty. The wire netting cover on an engine compartment isn’t an etched part, but mold is steady, it can be expressed in the painting process.
This quality belt caterpillar may be accepted by 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 the old kit.
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 a 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 in any other country.
SU-85 was developed 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 are old-fashioned, like Ally McBeal. The script is good, so it’s an old work, but it’s very fascinating. But in the first story, character and setting are 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.
The wire was replaced with metal. It is recommended to improve precision. It was on the instructions that warming plastic parts over a fire to make it soft and make them fit the body, such a skillful thing is impossible for me.
This weathering is washed with the oil painting and pastel with thinner of the water-based paint and performed a dry brushing. Though I may go too far, there are some points of nice expression in the 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 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.
The price of the kit became very high recently, I think it is fun to build an old kit lightly. A caterpillar is brought from one of the AFV Club kits 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 motivate.
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.