Anyhow, my painting time is restricted, so I thought I'd do all six tanks together, in a production line, and try and take as many short cuts as possible to get a respectable final result. Mass producing Russian stuff is the only way to do it. Time to get artistically sloppy...
Here are the stage-by-stage photos, post the big build, which took me one evening (about 2.5 hours) of furious action with the plastic cement, clippers and scalpel, to have six small tanks ready for painting.
In all, these six took me 11 man hours (not including build time). Less than 2 hours per tank, they won't win awards but they won't disgrace any battlefield. It was fast and dirty, but the production line got them done... and a finished model is far superior to any 'yet to be built' future plans. As a experiment in mass production I enjoyed it. Three evenings enjoyable work for a lifetime of gaming entertainment is a bargain.
Now to set them loose against the Germans...which is when the problems start!