Dragon's 1/35 scale IS-2
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I have never had a quick turn around in kit completion. In fact I’m
not so much a slow finisher as someone who’s better off measuring the
period taken in nailing a model together in geological time – this
effort’s from my plasticeous period when numerous techniques gleaned
from various magazines and books converged in an evolutionary soup of
‘let’s give it a try and see how it goes…’
It was this willingness to suck ‘n see that nearly resulted in the
almost completed diorama flying against a wall. The thing was just about
as you see it in the shots – virtually there and seeing the end in sight
I found myself in a dangerously confident mood.
I figured all it needed was a liberal dusting of pastel chalks to bind
the groundwork together. So I got busy with the stuff until, utterly
sated from an orgy of weathering, I sat back for the final, decisive act
– fixing the chalk.
I remembered some modelling sage reporting in the plastic press that 3M
Photo Mount was the ideal weapon of choice for this task and as I had a
can handy reached for it while continuing to leave my conscious brain
idling in neutral. Oh dear.
The can was shaken (but not stirred) and in one fluid movement I hit the
button, the cross hairs set for a firing pass over the base in a full
deflection shot. Expecting a fine, gossamer spray, the remarkable thing
(to me) was the unexpectedly astonishing quantity of viscous liquid that
flooded towards and over the carefully manicured components. If you had
walked in immediately following this fatal act (with your hands clamped
over your ears) you’d be forgiven for believing that Toby Maguire
himself had loosed off a double dose of Spiderman web at my latest
I simply couldn’t believe that I could navigate through what was for me,
a real modelling odyssey only to wrench defeat from the slavering jaws
of plastic victory. It was a mess. A really, really big mess. I sat just
staring at it, suddenly able to see every minute of the many hours
nudging the thing closer to the moment I’d be able to sit back and
appreciate the results.
I was overwhelmed by a powerful urge to trash it and try to forget I
ever started it. I went outside my modelling shed and picked an
appropriate wall. A little plastic voice inside said that I was actually
about to pursue a cop out, adding hopefully that every problem has a
solution. Mine was white spirit (a solution indeed) brushed over the
gunk. Brush, clean, brush, clean, brush, clean. It was laborious but
heartening as it all returned to a pre-apocalyptic state with a light
(!) spray of matt varnish.
I’m truly glad I didn’t lunch it after all and ironically the episode
taught me a great deal about things I should have worked out before
hand. These days I test something new on a bit of scrap first!
The scene depicts a IS-2 in central Germany having apparently fought its
way up to the street corner (an emergency, hastily constructed firing
Unbeknown to the crew Hans has hidden out of sight and fancies doing the
anti social thing of lobbing a Panzer Faust into the engine deck of
Ivan’s IS-2 once it’s fired and begun moving off to a (safer) distance.
The cobbles are mung beans (never eaten them) and the pavement is
ubiquitous plastic card and foam board.
The house is a £3 Italeri cheapie skinned with card and fitted with
scratched floors and sundry fittings. Likewise the wooden door was
scratched with plastic, brass sheet and wire.
The figure is from the Dragon Volksturm set and the IS-2 is from the
same manufacturer wearing an unusual camo of sand and earth brown.
The Dragon decals had fractured terminally in the box before I built
it so I got hold of an Eduard mask set for alternate IS-2s and was
smitten by the camo – I even did some research on the web and found
artwork supporting its existence.
All told, this was an interesting build and having now got my second
HyperScale submission in (hoooeee!) will probably notch up a hat trick
soon with an aeroplane. Kit-tastic mate (not ‘alf!).
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|Modelling the IS
(Osprey Modelling 9)
Author: Nicola Cortese
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: June 25, 2004
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1-84176-757-3
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Last Updated 10 November, 2004
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