Tag Archive: Leningrad 1943 Smart Kit


In this photo set it shows the finished application of Testors Model Master Enamels by brush,and the application of the kit’s decals. Obviously I chose the markings of one of  the support tanks   of  s.Pz.Abt. 502  Tiger Battalion near Leningrad in 1943.  After a day or two, I applied a coat of Testors Model Master  High Gloss Clear Enamel and  let dry for two full days.  After two days I was able to handle it without causing any print marks.  There is when I applied Flouquil   Flat Black Enamel to the tires. I thinned it  out enough to apply the paint with O size brush and  let the capillary  action do the work. By doing this method it leaves the running wheels and small upper support wheels nice and clean. I Then applied MIG Productions Dark Wash to the track and some parts of the rubber. This took me about three applications for what I was looking for. Today I  applied a light wash of  MIG Productions Brown Wash on the bottom hull and underneath  as well. Still wet, I sprinkled some #4 from the Rustall  Set, It gives a natural earth and rock look. 

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All the major construction is done. Next on the agenda is to paint a dark undercoat of  Floquil Railroad Colors (Enamel). Engine Black and Tuscan are my choice on this project.  I do not prime my models with grey,I use a brownish-black  color and then spray the topcoats on. 

Here I assembled the “Winterketten” tracks with ice cleats spaced every three tracks. The tracks were a joy. Nicely done. Also included is a shot of the front upper hull with the PE shields on the front. I decided to go a step further and complete the whole front using Edurard PE  plates and mounting plates. Now to the gun assembly.

Here is a practice fit of the upper front hull,rear deck and two fenders. To my great delight all these fitted very well. It is almost like a “snap fit” kit. Love this newer generation of Dragon Kits.

In these shots are the completed sections of the upper hull and side fenders. The small parts fit very nicely,and with amazing detail. I was very impressed with the quality of the tow cables. I would rate them very high, and in my opinion better than any resin one, and less of a pain.Very little clean up and the welds are perfect. So far so good. 

Just finished installing the lower road wheels,upper support wheels,the drive sprockets,idler wheels,tension assemblies,and the”complete”  rear panel. The panel parts aligned and fitted well,the details are of high quality,and I love the PE screens above the mufflers. So far so good.  

 Just finished the suspension system. I am very pleased with the detail and ease of the fit. The only problem I have so far is with  the incorrect numbering of the parts,otherwise I am very happy.

These are several pics. of the kit’s detailed wheel assembly. I love the PE rings that fit inside the idler wheels. Nice. The bottom hull has some very very nice details.

Finally Getting Started. I am very impressed with the detail. Looks like a “Fun Build”.

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