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JamesL27
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:03 PM UTC
Couldn't help myself. I wanted this monster of a kit since I first saw it announced, and after sitting on my shelf for a while now, I finally got it started.

Big box


And here's what's inside


A shot of the upper hull


Getting started, the instructions have you tackle the bogie assemblies first. Step 1 has you do the three axle bogie.

Which builds up nicely

Step 2 has you build the drive wheels



So far so good. Nice big parts. Fit is good. It looks to be a simple build for such a massive kit. The only downside I see so far is that, while there is a quad maxim mount included, there is no interior detail, so it doesn't make sense to show it off. I'm going to build mine buttoned up, but there are interior photos from a surviving example on the web for those that want to scratchbuild.

This kit will be challenging to paint, simple because it's so big and just plain green. So I'll be experimenting with color modulation on this one, and it'll probably need a few filters too. I'm also going to ditch the supplied track and use some of MiniArt's track to display this on. And a big maybe here, but I might throw MiniArt's 18t flatcar into the mix, but we'll see.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:11 PM UTC
It's a bloody battleship on rails, is what it is!

Before you head for just plain ol' Russian green... I would look around at pics of Sov armored train stuff - I am fairly sure that a lot of it underwent various camo schemes (not that camo likely much works when its sitting on the tracks...) over the course of the war, and it could be that these mutha's had other schemes than plain green, too.

Just a thought!

Bob
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:12 PM UTC
I知 jealous I知 going to be watching this one vigilantly, I知 very interested in armored trains and railcars.

Why not take mini arts railcar and put the maxim quad on it for air defense ?
JamesL27
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 01:40 PM UTC

Quoted Text

It's a bloody battleship on rails, is what it is!

Before you head for just plain ol' Russian green... I would look around at pics of Sov armored train stuff - I am fairly sure that a lot of it underwent various camo schemes (not that camo likely much works when its sitting on the tracks...) over the course of the war, and it could be that these mutha's had other schemes than plain green, too.

Just a thought!

Bob


Hobby Boss also has a 'late' version I think. And the markings for that show a winter white wash or the railroad tie camo (which isn't fully correct since they're missing the rails in the camo scheme). I'm just not sure if this early version was ever painted up like that. Think the only real difference between the two are the guns mounted in the turrets, so I could probably get away with it without most people noticing. It's certainly food for thought.



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I知 jealous I知 going to be watching this one vigilantly, I知 very interested in armored trains and railcars.

Why not take mini arts railcar and put the maxim quad on it for air defense ?


That's a possibility. I do have blueprints for a quad maxim rail car. As far as I know I think they went on 20t flatcars. They have these special armored housings that were mounted to the car, pretty cool looking. I'll have to see how detailed this kits maxim is too.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 02:23 PM UTC

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Quoted Text

It's a bloody battleship on rails, is what it is!

Before you head for just plain ol' Russian green... I would look around at pics of Sov armored train stuff - I am fairly sure that a lot of it underwent various camo schemes (not that camo likely much works when its sitting on the tracks...) over the course of the war, and it could be that these mutha's had other schemes than plain green, too.

Just a thought!

Bob


Hobby Boss also has a 'late' version I think. And the markings for that show a winter white wash or the railroad tie camo (which isn't fully correct since they're missing the rails in the camo scheme). I'm just not sure if this early version was ever painted up like that. Think the only real difference between the two are the guns mounted in the turrets, so I could probably get away with it without most people noticing. It's certainly food for thought.



Quoted Text

I知 jealous I知 going to be watching this one vigilantly, I知 very interested in armored trains and railcars.

Why not take mini arts railcar and put the maxim quad on it for air defense ?


That's a possibility. I do have blueprints for a quad maxim rail car. As far as I know I think they went on 20t flatcars. They have these special armored housings that were mounted to the car, pretty cool looking. I'll have to see how detailed this kits maxim is too.



I think i know the railcar you池e talking about, i want to say ubm (i think that痴 there name) made one in 1/72
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 04:42 AM UTC
I did some further research, and there are 3 versions of the MBV-2 which HobbyBoss is making. The only difference between them are the turrets. And I was wrong about HobbyBoss providing the wrong rail track camo pattern for their other version, they get it right.

Anyway, the kit I'm building now (85514) only has the solid green in the marking guide, but this image shows that it was painted with the rail track camo pattern

So it's a possibility. Would be very tedious to do though
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 05:38 AM UTC
But, boy it look just SPECTACULAR!

We're all modelers here, right? And occasional tedious and slow tasks are, I think, part and parcel of the hobby - indy-link tracks, zillions of road wheels on tracked stuff, cleaning mold-seams off every little part... and complex, detailed camo schemes!

Were I in your town, I would gladly offer my help in painting that scheme!

Hope you decide to do it!

You do got to wonder, though, whether any German fly-boy was ever even remotely confused by seeing a huge, striped bump cruising down the tracks!

Bob
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:02 AM UTC

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But, boy it look just SPECTACULAR!

We're all modelers here, right? And occasional tedious and slow tasks are, I think, part and parcel of the hobby - indy-link tracks, zillions of road wheels on tracked stuff, cleaning mold-seams off every little part... and complex, detailed camo schemes!

Were I in your town, I would gladly offer my help in painting that scheme!

Hope you decide to do it!

You do got to wonder, though, whether any German fly-boy was ever even remotely confused by seeing a huge, striped bump cruising down the tracks!

Bob


Still leaning towards the solid green, but it's not like I only have to build one of these, maybe one day I'll have the entire MBV-2 family.

Both MBV-2s survived the war, so maybe that camo did help. I'd imagine at height that it'd be very hard to judge speed with the rail tie camo, throwing off some dive-bombers aim.

Work continues. Not a terrible lot of progress, been a busy week for me. I fitted the lower hull to the upper hull. Fits together easily enough, but requires a little filling on either end




I'm ditching the kit supplied railbed. Those things always look like garbage. Instead I'll be using MiniArt's Russian rail track. Built up a run to make sure the bogies fit on the rails.



They fit on just fine. Currently doing some painting now. Painting and weathering the bogies separately, gonna try out some new techniques on them.

Next week I should have a lot more free time, so expect the next update then.