KV-1 Title

Model Details

Revell's Soviet KV-1 Ausf. 1940 LKZ Heavy Tank, 1/35th scale.

Detailing Items:
Tamiya's Livestock Set and Oil Drum & Jerry Can Set, ModelArt German Tank Repair Crew, ModelPlus etched buckets and Green Line grass tufts & clumps.

Various manufacturers.

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"Willst du mich zum Esel machen?" or "Are you making an Ass out of me?"
My original plan for this project was to just build it as a stand alone model, but as the kit comes with both Russian and German marking, I decided to build the tank as one being painted into German colours from Russian. From that point, the project developed from a stand alone model to eventually the diorama it ended up as.
The tank was built straight out of the box and firstly painted in the Russian colours then had the Russian markings added to one side of the turret. After some weathering was done over most of the tank, German Panzer Grey was brush painted over certain areas of the hull and turret. On the side of the turret which was completely painted Grey, the German markings were added and the chalk lines from marking them out was added using white paint on a cocktail stick tip.
The figures from the "German Tank Repair Crew" set were generally in the right poses, but some subtle changes were made to a couple of them. The commander and two other figures poses needed no changes done to them, they fitted perfect for my plans of the scene. But the figure that is seated on the shell boxes was originally squatting down lifting a large crow bar. The position of his arms, feet and head were altered to have him sitting holding a tin of paint in one hand and a paint brush in the other. The other figure altered was bending over moving an object. So he was altered to look like he was filling up a tin with paint from an elevated drum. The mule from the Tamiya set, had its head cut from the neck below the lower jaw and tilted upwards as if it was looking up at something. Then the mouth was cut in a couple of places to allow it to be posed in an open position just like it was braying.
The base was made from a piece of routered MDF with the terrain made from body repair filler. A mixture of sand and granite ballast (the type used in model railways) was sprinkled over PVA glue on the track surfaces. Everything on the based was painted in earth colours for the ground and a gravelly colour for the track. Various scenic scatter was used for the general grass cover with grass tufts and clumps from Green Linestuck at various points on the base. Oil drums, jerry cans and a bucket from Tamiya were painted then stuck onto the base with one drum on a platform with a tap fitted. The etched buckets are by ModelPlus. Two small tins for the white and yellow paint were turned up from aluminium rod then painted and placed on the tank. Twigs from the garden were cut into shorter lengths to look like branches and glued in positions on the base, with one under the tanks tracks squashed.
The tank was glued into position on the base to avoid any damage from it moving around during transportation. Then the shell cases, figures and the mule were then glued in their positions and poses.
Now the name of the diorama, how did it come about! Well, first it was meant to be a serious model, but then I decided to add a bit of humour to it. The original plan was to have the tank commander shouting at the crew, but the the mule came into the scene, so why not have the commander shouting down from the tank at the mule. Now, another name for a mule is an ass, so the phrase "Are you making an ass out of me?" seemed to be the best title for the diorama. Then after a little help from several people around the world, the German phrase that was closest to what the English phase was "Willst du michzum Esel machen ?". So this is how the title came about and how humour exists alongside the seriousness of the Eastern Front.