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KV U-19
MaKrueger
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 03:56 AM GMT+7
This is one of those odd Russian tank designs that just caught my eye and needed to be built.

In 1942 there were several proposals to mount a heavy howitzer on a tank chassis to deal with heavy concrete defensive fortifications. One of the proposals was to mount a 203mm B4 howitzer on the chassis of the KV-1 tank. The project didn't make it past drawing phase and was rejected for obvious reasons.

I designed most of the casemate a gun mount in 3D CAD and had a few of the more complex parts 3D printed. Cleanup wasn't that bad. The supports are pretty small at the contact point and fortunately some of the parts have a cast texture.



I made 2D drawings for the flat parts and cut the sides from sheet styrene stock.





The hull assembly was pretty straight forward. I used Fruil tracks. I think I'm about 1 link too long and will adjust.

Additional info on the U-19 can be found here.

http://tankarchives.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/soviet-heavy-assault-guns.html

http://tankarchives.blogspot.ru/2015/12/green-elephant.html
MaKrueger
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 03:57 AM GMT+7
I'm pretty bad at taking a bunch of in-progress images.
The model is ready for primer. It's been detailed with Value Gear details and a MiniArt figure. Intake screen is fine aluminum mesh.











Kharkov
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 06:25 AM GMT+7

Fantastic work, that's a beast

That gun mantlet/mounting is very nicely done.

MaKrueger
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 08:01 AM GMT+7
Thanks Matthew!
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 08:36 AM GMT+7
Very cool sir!
newnikonian
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 04:03 PM GMT+7
Superb work. Looks Great. Thanks for sharing....
MaKrueger
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 09:19 AM GMT+7
Thanks!
Bodeen
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 09:38 AM GMT+7
What an awesome beast. Fantastic. You should start marketing this conversion as a kit. I know 3D printing isn't cheap. I'm sure there is a market for this kit though. I'm following this build. You are a true artist.

Jeff
MaKrueger
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Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 03:40 AM GMT+7
Thanks Jeff. Not sure I ever want to get into the kit business. Don't have much time as it is.
MaKrueger
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Posted: Friday, March 09, 2018 - 08:01 AM GMT+7
The pillbox has some paint. I used the AK real colors for the base color and mixed with Tamiya for shadows and highlights. Still have lots to paint and do.








pgb3476
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Posted: Friday, March 09, 2018 - 08:31 AM GMT+7
As I mentioned on FB, really well done paint. The fading on the side from top to bottom is perfect. Shading is spot on! Overall , I really love it.

Comrades to the front!!!!!!
Kharkov
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Posted: Friday, March 09, 2018 - 01:42 PM GMT+7

That's some beautiful paintwork, looks awesome indeed, the figure is good as well, gives a nice sense of scale.

Matt
MaKrueger
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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 - 02:52 AM GMT+7
Thanks Greg and Matt. It's a interesting project for sure.

MaKrueger
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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 05:09 AM GMT+7
I've created a number of profiles to study marking options. It's kinda hard to decide. I'm leaning towards the white stripe and small red star but this would put the U-19 in a time frame that would be difficult to place it at. I like the large red star and this feels like something from a video game :lol: The large slogan and number are probably the most universal.













Kharkov
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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 05:18 AM GMT+7

I vote for the last one, simple and effective, less is more.

Matt
MaKrueger
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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 03:03 AM GMT+7
Markings , filters, a wash, and chipping applied. Also started some basic weathering.







MaKrueger
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 04:28 AM GMT+7
Finally finished the beast.

Finished with oils, enamels and pigments. The sheer size of the slab sides made weathering this thing a bit of a challenge.









Additional images can be found here: KV U-19