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MBV-2 Build Log
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Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - 08:43 AM UTC

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Incredible workmanship! Your photos and descriptions are superb, keep up the great work

DJ


Thanks DJ. Probably gonna take a break on this build for a bit. I want to try out and get better at some techniques before I carry on weathering the MBV-2, and gonna wait for that Maxim kit
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2019 - 01:21 AM UTC
Incredible workmanship! Your photos and descriptions are superb, keep up the great work

DJ
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Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 12:31 AM UTC
Woke up this morning with some good news in my email. MiniArt's releasing a separate kit of the quad Maxim. Took a gander through the instructions, looks like it has all the detail that the HobbyBoss one is missing, and then some. Once I can get my hands on the kit I'll swap out the HobbyBoss one. Also gives me an excuse to take time off from this project to work on other kits in the meantime.

But the most interesting part of all was this,

Those are the same exact markings I used on mine... I've seen no images of a quad maxim even on one of these flat cars, let alone that one specifically. Maybe MiniArt is watching these threads, and maybe they'll make a kit of the enclosure (or maybe some Soviet armored trains, hint hint). Or it's all just one big coincidence.
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Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 - 12:08 PM UTC

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That looks amazing, canít wait to see the finished product


Thanks Greg. More progress made today after a busy weekend.






It's almost done. Only thing left is the armored roof. Some things are a little out of square, I think that's what is really the most difficult part of scratchbuilding, but I'm getting better. Those hinges may be a bit undersized, but I found them in the spare photo-etch pile and figured they'd look better than any scratch attempt I'd manage.

Next up, the roof, and then painting. Got an easy work week coming up so I should be able to make some progress.



Itís really coming along beautifully. This is gonna be a great piece when itís finished !
JamesL27
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Posted: Monday, September 02, 2019 - 11:17 AM UTC

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That looks amazing, canít wait to see the finished product


Thanks Greg. More progress made today after a busy weekend.






It's almost done. Only thing left is the armored roof. Some things are a little out of square, I think that's what is really the most difficult part of scratchbuilding, but I'm getting better. Those hinges may be a bit undersized, but I found them in the spare photo-etch pile and figured they'd look better than any scratch attempt I'd manage.

Next up, the roof, and then painting. Got an easy work week coming up so I should be able to make some progress.
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 12:07 PM UTC

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Started work on the Maxim enclosure.






Got the main structure done, and it's pretty big. Still needs a little sanding and filling, then it's on to building the support arms, armored roof and adding the details.


That looks amazing, canít wait to see the finished product
JamesL27
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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 10:19 AM UTC
Started work on the Maxim enclosure.






Got the main structure done, and it's pretty big. Still needs a little sanding and filling, then it's on to building the support arms, armored roof and adding the details.
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Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 06:57 AM UTC

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I canít wait to see the outcome of that piece !


I'm looking forward to it to. Should be a pretty cool looking, and as far as I know, a first for 1/35 scale

Finished up the flatcar. May do some pigments to the bed, but I think I'll wait until I have the maxim enclosure in place.









Next, I can start weathering the MBV-2, or finish up the pigments on the railbed, or start work on the Maxim enclosure.
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 04:47 AM UTC
I canít wait to see the outcome of that piece !
JamesL27
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 04:24 AM UTC

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Are you going to build a superstructure around the AA gun still?


Yea, made a start on it, but will have to start over. Made an alignment error, but I'm not too far along so it's no big deal. The quad Maxim hasn't been attached, it's just sitting there for now.
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 03:49 AM UTC
Are you going to build a superstructure around the AA gun still?
JamesL27
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 03:50 PM UTC
Thanks Greg. Threw some decals on the other night,




I was thinking of only doing the 18t and CCCP decal to keep it historically ambiguous, but I liked the decals so much I just kept going with them and matched one of the finish options from the kit. Got a pin wash on the kit and started some dot filtering, I'll get some pictures of that soon.
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Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 - 06:10 PM UTC

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I'm back. Getting into the swing of things again

Spent a lot of time on the railbed. I taped off the base and spread some spackle on top and then pressed the track into place. Once dry I did multiple layers of glue then ballast to build it up, with a final coat of glue to set it all in place. Primed it all in black, then airbrushed a basecoat of gray, then painted all the ties and rails by hand. Followed this with a dark wash. Gave that a day to dry and started going heavy with some pigments.

That's a little section I've got done. The gray basecoat is kind of bluish, so I'm really going at it with the pigments to blend everything together and get a dusty look.

Also painted up the flat car. Used the hairspray chipping technique on it

Might be a little overdone, but weathering will mute it down a little bit. I used Vallejo paints, which as some of you know, aren't great for this technique since they dry kinda rubbery and come off in large chunks. But I think it came out alright. Got some touch up painting to do, then a coat of clear gloss to seal it in and on to decals and weathering.



This looks like itís really coming along, keep up the good work!
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Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 - 11:31 AM UTC
I'm back. Getting into the swing of things again

Spent a lot of time on the railbed. I taped off the base and spread some spackle on top and then pressed the track into place. Once dry I did multiple layers of glue then ballast to build it up, with a final coat of glue to set it all in place. Primed it all in black, then airbrushed a basecoat of gray, then painted all the ties and rails by hand. Followed this with a dark wash. Gave that a day to dry and started going heavy with some pigments.

That's a little section I've got done. The gray basecoat is kind of bluish, so I'm really going at it with the pigments to blend everything together and get a dusty look.

Also painted up the flat car. Used the hairspray chipping technique on it

Might be a little overdone, but weathering will mute it down a little bit. I used Vallejo paints, which as some of you know, aren't great for this technique since they dry kinda rubbery and come off in large chunks. But I think it came out alright. Got some touch up painting to do, then a coat of clear gloss to seal it in and on to decals and weathering.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 11:28 AM UTC
Just a small update. Started on the maxim enclosure, and I'll go over my approach to scratchbuilding as I rarely see anyone post how they do it, just the results. So maybe this can help someone.

I use the acetone transfer method as much as I can. I found the results are much more accurate, square and consistent than with standard marking and cutting.

First I make a CAD drawing to scale. Here I'm using SketchUp for ease and simplicity.


Then I take pieces of the model and print them out 1/1 using a laser printer. Inkjet printers will not work with this method.


Cut out the parts into manageable chunks and tape them face down on the plastic stock.


And then just brush on some acetone.


No need to burnish, just wait a minute for it to dry and peel away.


Decent results. As you can see, sometimes there are areas that don't transfer over well, but there's almost always enough to cut your line by. Feels almost like cheating. Makes getting curves just right, and bolts evenly spaced a million times easier.

Here's where I'm at now

Not a terrible lot of progress lately. I feel the mojo slipping. Got distracted by rail guns, a book on Area 51 and house work, you know, the usual stuff. I may jump around a bit, paint up the flatcar, finish some details on the MBV-2, find some ground work material for the base... lots to do.
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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 08:40 AM UTC

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Unfortunately i built it last year and actually just repainted it with my new airbrush. If i can ever figure out how to post pictures on here Iíll post it. It was a simple build fortunately and it seems like a lot of the heavy armored trains are. Itíd be nice onget a full interior kit one of these days


Good to hear. I'd like to build one or two of those at some point. Just need an armored locomotive for them and I'd be set.


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That Miniart flatcar looks nice. I plan to get one myself, someday. Sorry to hear the parts count is high. I believe it has to do with their specific manufacturing process and making such large, long styrene pieces without short shots or depressions. Annoying, but older tech means more parts.


I figured there was a logical reason to it. I have dealt with short shots before, and I'd much rather have more parts than that.

Not much progress this weekend. Finished up the track and masked off the base to get ready for ground-work. I'll have to buy some plaster or cellu-clay, but while I wait for that I can get started on the maxim enclosure.

I was originally thinking of having the car in front, but I realized it wouldn't make much sense since it would obstruct the first turret, so it'll hang out in the back.
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 03:47 AM UTC
German and Russian railways were at different gauges, so they tended to attempt to capture as much railstock as possible so they could move equipment in enemy territory much more easily than regauging/relaying track or regauging their own rollingstock. There were specific waypoints where trains from Russia/Soviet Union were unloaded and reloaded onto captured German trains to continue further west. So yes, depending on year and territory, either countries equipment was used by the other.

That Miniart flatcar looks nice. I plan to get one myself, someday. Sorry to hear the parts count is high. I believe it has to do with their specific manufacturing process and making such large, long styrene pieces without short shots or depressions. Annoying, but older tech means more parts.
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 03:46 AM UTC

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Yes Iím doing a railway diorama, so far i have a PL-37 that is going to be captured and attached to it will be an abstoswagen that has a Somua S-35 on it that is beginning to dismount. I thinking maybe another track with one of the Soviet wagons on it would fit in just fine.


Sounds neat. You should make a build log for it. Have yet to a single build log of the PL-37 even though it's been out for years now.



Unfortunately i built it last year and actually just repainted it with my new airbrush. If i can ever figure out how to post pictures on here Iíll post it. It was a simple build fortunately and it seems like a lot of the heavy armored trains are. Itíd be nice onget a full interior kit one of these days
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 03:43 AM UTC

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Yes Iím doing a railway diorama, so far i have a PL-37 that is going to be captured and attached to it will be an abstoswagen that has a Somua S-35 on it that is beginning to dismount. I thinking maybe another track with one of the Soviet wagons on it would fit in just fine.


Sounds neat. You should make a build log for it. Have yet to a single build log of the PL-37 even though it's been out for years now.
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 03:16 AM UTC

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I think i May have to grab one of these for a build Iím doing. It looks like a great lot and it looks as if it goes together with no issues.


Railway diorama? Also, the kit has options two fit both Russian and European gauge track, which furthers the case for captured ones being pressed into service.



Yes Iím doing a railway diorama, so far i have a PL-37 that is going to be captured and attached to it will be an abstoswagen that has a Somua S-35 on it that is beginning to dismount. I thinking maybe another track with one of the Soviet wagons on it would fit in just fine.
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 12:25 AM UTC

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I think i May have to grab one of these for a build Iím doing. It looks like a great lot and it looks as if it goes together with no issues.


Railway diorama? Also, the kit has options two fit both Russian and European gauge track, which furthers the case for captured ones being pressed into service.
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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:31 AM UTC

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This looks like a great kit, do you happen to know if the Germans used these type of flat cars in there railway inventory ?


Can't say for certain if they did. But I know they did put captured Soviet armored trains to use as well as the 60t flat car, so it would not be a stretch for the Germans to use this. The kit supplies 6 marking schemes but all are listed as USSR or 'Unknown Operator'.



I think i May have to grab one of these for a build Iím doing. It looks like a great lot and it looks as if it goes together with no issues.
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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 08:43 AM UTC

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This looks like a great kit, do you happen to know if the Germans used these type of flat cars in there railway inventory ?


Can't say for certain if they did. But I know they did put captured Soviet armored trains to use as well as the 60t flat car, so it would not be a stretch for the Germans to use this. The kit supplies 6 marking schemes but all are listed as USSR or 'Unknown Operator'.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 09:31 PM UTC

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Finished building the flatcar.




It's a well detailed kit, but I feel MiniArt upped the part count just for the sake of it. Mainly the steel beams. They're made with two parts, one that has 3 sides, and the other is a flat face with beveled edges to mate up to the 3 sided piece. There are no undercuts that I noticed, so I don't know why this wasn't a single piece with a seam down the middle. Speaking of, mold seams were pretty large in some spots, but that's easy to fix. Other than that, it's a fine kit and builds up nicely.

Next I'll build up the two sections of track included with the railcar kit, and mate it to the existing track section. Scratchbuilding materials are also on the way and should arrive in a few days. The design is done for all the parts needed, so once it comes in I can dive into building the enclosure.



This looks like a great kit, do you happen to know if the Germans used these type of flat cars in there railway inventory ?
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:41 PM UTC
Finished building the flatcar.




It's a well detailed kit, but I feel MiniArt upped the part count just for the sake of it. Mainly the steel beams. They're made with two parts, one that has 3 sides, and the other is a flat face with beveled edges to mate up to the 3 sided piece. There are no undercuts that I noticed, so I don't know why this wasn't a single piece with a seam down the middle. Speaking of, mold seams were pretty large in some spots, but that's easy to fix. Other than that, it's a fine kit and builds up nicely.

Next I'll build up the two sections of track included with the railcar kit, and mate it to the existing track section. Scratchbuilding materials are also on the way and should arrive in a few days. The design is done for all the parts needed, so once it comes in I can dive into building the enclosure.