My previous car was crying out to be replaced and somebody driving up the back of it at a pedestrian crossing brought this forward. I’ve had a liking for Land Rover Defender for a while now and this event decided me to go for something different and get one of these – specifically a Defender 90 Station Wagon. It’s not a new vehicle, of course, but seems to be mechanically sound. People who know this vehicle will be aware of its modular nature and there is a flourishing aftermarket of parts and upgrades. Some upgrades – mostly of a cosmetic nature – I plan to do soon and I will be recording those details hereafter for my own record. In this way, I regard it as a new “kit”, albeit in 1:1 scale!
This went fine for the most part. There were lots of turret tie-downs which necessitated plenty of filling in of the remaining location hole. I think that application of primer is going to reveal more to be done here.
I reckon that this is a classic British vehicle. This kit will end up with my Dad, whose regiment used the Saladin in the 1960s.   
I appreciate that Dragon are going for a simpler, faster assembly process with this range. This kit has got some criticism for oversimplification or omission of certain parts. I accept that – and you can find fine examples where people have augmented the kit – but I am building this one “out of the box”. 
I watched this live (with slightly inane English commentary) on RT, so was glad to find this version on their YouTube channel. Of course, I can understand about two words in it, but the pictures speak for themselves. I will say that it was a real shame that Western nations (including mine) couldn’t see past the transient international relations and send representation for such a historic occasion. From an armour modeller’s perspective there were plenty of impressive new vehicles on show, of which the full list is here. How long before they arrive in kit form?!
Unknown unit, Königsberg, April 1945.
JSU-152 build – Part 1:Introduction
JSU-152 build – Part 2:Assembly
JSU-152 build – Part 3:Painting
JSU-152 build – Part 4:Weathering (chipping)
JSU-152 build – Part 5:Weathering (rust)
JSU-152 build – Part 6:Weathering (wash)
JSU-152 build – Part 7:Weathering (streaks)
JSU-152 build – Part 8:Tracks
JSU-152 build – Part 9:Weathering (dust and mud)
JSU-152 build – Part 10:Weathering (oil and fuel stains)
JSU-152 build – Part 11:Finishing