Tim’s IS-2

A reader on this site sent some pictures of his completed IS-2. It looks to me like a great job. Check them out! Click on them for a better view.


Czech Models 1:48 Yakovlev Yak-15

So… long time no write. Sorry. Since my last entry, I’ve done a tiny amount of work on the IS-2. I’ve also started the Tamiya ISU-152, which is based on the IS-2 kit, and every bit the breeze the IS-2 is. I’ll do a mini-build review of it later.

My club, Flight 19 IPMS, has a show coming up in less than two months. One of the themes is “Concepts and Prototypes.” So, looking around the stash, what do I have? I got a Czech Models Yak-15, which was, basically, a Yak-3 with a German Me-262 engine (the Jumo 004B) shoehorned in.


Fig 1.1

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Tamiya 1:35 JS-2 Model 1944 ChKZ, pt 3: the kit hull

So, it’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve been busy, and haven’t touched any models for either, unless you include the D&D figure I recently painted. I’m not super happy with that yet, but maybe I’ll show it later.

The JS-2 kit is your typical Tamiya shake and bake. Pour in some glue, shake the box, out pops a model. If I didn’t have AMS, I would have finished this kit awhile ago, but as it is, I’m a bit of a rivet counter. There are many tiny little ways this great kit can be improved, and I, of course, had to do them.

First are the wheels, the bane of every armor modelers existence. They have to be done: clipped, clean up, etc. It’s enough to keep me from ever working on another Pz.IV, and I dread the notion of some of those WWI kits. But, the JS-2’s wheels have small, offset attachment points, so they clean up real easy. If only all armor wheels were so simple. It took just about an hour to get them all done. Continue reading

Tamiya 1:35 JS-2 Model 1944 ChKZ, pt 2: review

So a little bit about the vehicle and the unit before I begin the review. The IS-2, sometimes called the JS-2 (as on the box) was a development of the KV series of tanks. The KV, while well armored, didn’t offer more punch than the T-34. Because of its armor, the KV was slower, and more prone to breakdowns. The Soviet leadership had one of the KV lines switched to T-34 production. So the design bureau which had created the KVs began looking to upgrade them. The first measure was to use a new turret with an 85mm gun. This was capable of penetrating a Tiger I at 1,000 meters.

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