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MBV-2 Build Log
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: 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: 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 - 04:47 AM UTC
I canít wait to see the outcome of that piece !
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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 !
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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, 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: 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: Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 03:29 PM UTC
I'm back! Taking a long vacation this holiday season, and now that I'm about done building my built-in bookcase for my library, it's back to modeling.

Finished building the enclosure for the Maxim tonight






And here it is setup on the flatcar




Haven't gotten around to buying MiniArt's quad Maxim so the one in the pics is still due to be replaced. I had some weathering misadventures with the MBV-2, which meant repainting. Hate redoing work, but that's over now. Just needs a pin wash, some filters, shading with oils and then a dust coat. The base is almost done too, just needs some touch up painting.

Tomorrow I think I'll get a coat of paint on the Maxim enclosure, can't wait to see how it looks painted. That'll be it until after the holidays for me.
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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 04:17 AM UTC
Painted and chipped the enclosure,




Once that fully dries it'll be time for a gloss coat and some weathering.
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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 05:08 AM UTC

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Painted and chipped the enclosure,




Once that fully dries it'll be time for a gloss coat and some weathering.



This is coming out real great. Itís exciting to see itís all come together James!
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 04:05 AM UTC

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This is coming out real great. Itís exciting to see itís all come together James!


Thanks Greg, it's been a slow process, but it's getting there.

Calling it done with the SPU-BP anti-air railcar. Never swapped out the quad Maxim with the one from MiniArt, but it may happen one day. For now it stays as is.








That's all for now. On to finishing the MBV-2. Needs some more work with oils, a matte coat, and then a thin dust layer and it should be all set.
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 06:26 AM UTC

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This is coming out real great. Itís exciting to see itís all come together James!


Thanks Greg, it's been a slow process, but it's getting there.

Calling it done with the SPU-BP anti-air railcar. Never swapped out the quad Maxim with the one from MiniArt, but it may happen one day. For now it stays as is.








That's all for now. On to finishing the MBV-2. Needs some more work with oils, a matte coat, and then a thin dust layer and it should be all set.



Wow thatís a beaut that looks amazing! I canít wait to see the whole diorama once youíre done ! Are you going to add any figures with it?
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 09:51 AM UTC

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Wow thatís a beaut that looks amazing! I canít wait to see the whole diorama once youíre done ! Are you going to add any figures with it?


Thanks again Greg. No figures planned for this one. I've only tried my hand at figure painting once a few years ago, I would need more practice first. A skill I want to learn someday though. Dio is almost complete, might be done by the end of this week depending on my motivation and work schedule.
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 11:32 AM UTC
Well itís going to look awesome once itís all together!
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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 12:00 PM UTC
Excellent scratch building.




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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:32 PM UTC
Thanks boys.

Got a matte coat on and couldn't help but put everything in place and see how it looks.









All it needs now are some pigments around the MG barrels, and the clear lenses for the lights. I'll my hand at getting some proper photos when that's done. The size of this thing makes it a challenge though.

The MBV-2 actually had to get repainted back in December, don't think I posted about that. Made an ugly mistake with filters, tried to repaint the offending area, stood out like a sore thumb. So I went ahead and repainted the whole thing. Lost the color modulation in the process. For weathering I kept it simple, pin wash, chipping, oil shading and then a light dusting with thinned acrylics along the lower parts.
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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 01:13 PM UTC
This turned out great! I love it
JamesL27
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 01:43 PM UTC
Thanks Greg

Added the clear parts, did some pigments and finished it up tonight. Here's the last batch of pics.









I assume this is how they attach? The one on the flatcar is too short to reach.












Just one last problem to address. Where the hell do I put this thing...


Comments and crits welcome. I've made some basic build mistakes that I'm aware of, more concerned with the weathering as that's the hardest part for me.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 04:14 PM UTC
I really like the modulation you used for the MBV color. It really does go from dark to light in certain areas, itís catches my eye, you have me wanting to finish a build i started long ago.