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Gunner Dunbar09 Feb 2017 5:45 p.m. PST

Hi guys

Finished these on commission for a long time customer, he unexpectedly sent me a parcel of yummy chocolates from Canada recently, so I decided to return the favour by gifting him this JS-1 to go along with his infantry, I built it many years ago, I believe it was an Italeri kit, I detailed a couple of areas with wire, all comments welcome.
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Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2017 6:19 p.m. PST

Gunner: Excellent Work!

What base color did you use for the Russian Uniform-?

Gunner Dunbar09 Feb 2017 6:53 p.m. PST

Vallejo khaki grey.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2017 7:23 p.m. PST

Gunner: thanks for the info!

Terry3709 Feb 2017 9:09 p.m. PST

I agree, very nice and the khaki grey looks spot on. I'll have to remember that.


dwight shrute10 Feb 2017 4:25 a.m. PST

is it a JS 2 ???

Gunner Dunbar10 Feb 2017 6:09 a.m. PST

Either the initial kit is incorrect, or it's an up gunned JS-1, the hull is a JS-1, but the gun is from a JS-2, JS-2 hulls had a sloped front armour without the step.

Mark 114 Feb 2017 1:52 p.m. PST

Lovely model. I really like the look of the tank. The highlighting, weathering, even the details like the color of the wood-handles on the tools and the turret numbers. First class stuff!

(Although, my preference would be for more variety in the soldier's uniforms. Consistent, "uniform color" for the uniforms is not very WW2 Russian to my eye.)

Either the initial kit is incorrect, or it's an up gunned JS-1 …

If the initial kit identified it as an JS-1 (IS-1), then the initial kit was incorrect. Dwight is correct, this model is clearly an IS-2.

JS-2 hulls had a sloped front armour without the step.

The IS-2 had a stepped glacis plate, as in the model you have made. The single-slope hull front marks the IS-2m. The IS-2m version is also referred to as the IS-2m1944. This is distinct from the IS-2M, which was a post-war update to existing vehicles.

The initial IS had an 85mm gun. They were in production for about two months near the end of 1943. The first ~130 turrets were placed on KV hulls in September 1943, as the IS hull was not yet available in production. By October the IS was in full production. In December 1943 a new turret was available with the 122mm gun. The tank was re-designated IS-2, and the initial production units with the 85mm gun were re-designated IS-1. Most IS-1s were indeed up-gunned to the IS-2 standard before entering combat.

The IS-2 remained in production until the early summer of 1944, when it was replaced in production by the IS-2m.

Or so I've read.

(aka: Mk 1)

Gunner Dunbar14 Feb 2017 3:21 p.m. PST

Excellent, thanks for the info.

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