I'm in the process of migrating away from the Model Master enamel paints to the Vallejo acrylic finishing system. I've had bad experiences with acrylics in the past but I've been persuaded to try them again. So far the results have been positive.
The IS-7 has been repainted a base surface colour of Russian Green using Vallejo surface primer 73.609. Light over-sprays of successively lighter colours of green have been used to give the vehicle a light sun-bleach look. The weld lines have been accented with 73.609 and so far I'm pleased with the results. Next steps will be the extensive weathering using chalks and graphics to simulate wear, tear, exhaust ans smoke residue.
.My efforts to do the winter camouflage have flopped. I simple was not happy with the results. it just looked. - well like crap!! New plan!! we are going to do the beast in the standard default camo. The vehicle has been repainted in Vallejo Russian Green and will be overspread with highlighting green to simulate the WOT effect. in In the meantime I've pulled out my books on painting and weathering and going back to the drawing board. I've not given up on doing this scheme on another tank.
Also my apologies for not doing an update in a while. There was a family emergency that took priority
In addition to her 130mm main gun the IS-7 had 8 additional guns. Three were mounted in the gun mantle, 2 rear facing machine guns on the turret, two forward firing machine guns on the hull, and one honking large anti-aircraft/anti-personnel gun mounted on top of the turret. The NRA would have loved this machine. Today was the day for manufacturing and mounting most of these guns. See the slide show below.