Tamiya 1/35th scale JS-2
Greetings & salutations my fellow modelers! This is a kit I recently completed. The photography needs improvement. Tamiya starts you with a great basic kit, an excellent launch pad for adding or creating your own extra details, which I love to do with all my armour kits. I added Friulmodel tracks, aluminum gun barrel and various items from a photo-etch detail set I bought a swap meet for $1. I really enjoy building and "beating up" Soviet WW2 era armour. The brute strength, rough look, heavy and sagging tracks, rough weld lines and overall gritty appearance is what draws me to them. I find beauty in their "ugliness" ? I hand painted the numbers and recognition bands on the turret, added weld seam detail with thin sheet plastic, casting texture with Mr. Surfacer 500 and annealed the brass so I can add damage to the fenders, which is a must for Soviet armour in the field! The figures were from the kit, nicely molded. Tamiya has been steadily improving in that area for years now. The stand-alone figure is an old Jaguar resin figure I bought for $2 at the same O'Hare show that I bought the detail set. Intended to be on the tank, I couldn't find a way to make it look proper, so I went with a base. I used AK Interactive weathering fluids: streaking grime, track wash, rain marks. The first time I tried those products, nice, I like the effect they produced. Thanks for reading & viewing, keep on modeling!