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Knocked out KV1 1941

Posted by dombom on 29 Jul 2020, 11:10

It's 1941 and the Germans invaded Russia. What they did not know: the Russian T34 and KV tanks are superior to the German tanks. Only the 8.8 Flak and the Panzer 4 can penetrate the thick armor. It's that time, where the German anti tank guns got their nickname as "doorknockers", because they couldn't do more than knocking at the tanks hull.
Knocking out the Russian tanks with anti tank mines and charges or destroying them with artillery were often the only way to stop them.

I chose to make a knocked out KV1 diorama.
KV tanks were slow and thick armored monsters and almost impenetrable at the beginning of the war. The main disadvantage were the lower reliability compared to the faster and lighter T34 rank.

Assembling the KV1 tank and adding fine details:
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I used a grey primer and after some shading and blending and it looks already a bit like a tank:
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Posted by dombom on 29 Jul 2020, 11:17

Black and some rust wash later:
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Now it is time to age the model a bit (this is only a first layer aging):
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Posted by dombom on 29 Jul 2020, 11:23

It took me another day of work to get the desired result:
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Posted by dombom on 29 Jul 2020, 11:27

A bit of cleaning and then adding some pigments and it looks dusty:
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A varnish will get rid of the reflections and fix the pigments in place:
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Posted by dombom on 29 Jul 2020, 11:33

Diorama preperation:
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Adding some mud and grass:
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Getting closer, but not there yet. However, I will be on vacation for a few weeks, therefore it will take some time till I will finish this diorama.
I woll post the final results when I'm done.
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Posted by C M Dodson on 29 Jul 2020, 12:35

You have some really slimy mud there!

This looks excellent indeed.

Looking forward to seeing it completed.

The rocks might be better if they were pressed into the ground a bit more?

Best wishes,

Chris
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Posted by Kekso on 30 Jul 2020, 18:38

Nice weathering... well done
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Posted by Rich W on 01 Aug 2020, 10:05

This is looking great! Nice to see all the step by step photos as well.
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Posted by Wiking on 01 Aug 2020, 18:21

Poland, France, Yugoslavia, Greece ...

You are in the Third Reich main battle tank III at this time.
You see for the very first time such a MONSTER with it`s GUN !
You get into position ordered by radio with your other tanks of the platoon.
You see your mates send shells to the MONSTER.
You see hits.
You see smoke.
You see that NOTHING happen.
You ordered: " fire".
You hit.
The MONSTER is still on the move in YOUR direction !!!

What do you think ?

In the early morning (lights on) I drove at the German Autobahn with full speed (ca. 200Km/h).
2 lanes.
Two cars on the right lane. (130 km/h I think) in around 500 m distance. No one else.

At around 25 METERS I will pass both cars at full speed.
The rear one suddenly try to overtake the one in front of him (ca.140 Km/h).

I only remeber: " Now it will crash". (" Jetzt kracht`s")

My heart ? ... please don`t ask.

Maybe this is the closest situation to a tank man, see the MONSTER and can do,
nothing!

Nice.
I like the open hatches.
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 01 Aug 2020, 21:45

Wrecked vehicles are always a challenge to build. I like the overall appearance and the weathering. Very good work, mate!
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Posted by OwenChpw on 02 Aug 2020, 03:41

I love the muddy realism of the tracks and the weathering is superb!
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