by: Kevin Brant [ ]
HistoryDuring World War 2 the Russian army deployed a series of tanks named after their defence minister, Klimenti Voroshilov. The KVís were known as heavily armed and armored tanks. While the KV-1 was the main heavy tank in this series, they also produced the KV-2, considered an assault tank or artillery tank. This tank mounted the M10 152mm howitzer, thus requiring the larger turret. The extra weight of the larger turrent and gun caused the tank to suffer low speeds and a very high profile. Legends have it that a single KV-2 could hold up an entire German advance.
the kitZvezda has now brought us this legendary tank in 1/35 scale. Being a big tank, it comes in a big box. Opening the box, I found nine sprues of green plastic packed with parts and two rubbery sprues of vinyl track for this large tank. None of the sprues were in bags or individually wrapped, thus I did find a couple of the smaller detail parts bent or broken, but nothing that could not be repaired. Also there were some pieces of the sprues in the bottom of the box.
reviewStarting to examine the sprues, the parts seem to be very well molded, with very little flash. The very large upper hull is molded with good surface detail, and as one piece with fenders molded on. The lower hull comes in multiple pieces that will need to be put together - bottom, sides, front and rear plates.
The fine details, ie grab handles, machine guns, etc, are finely molded and contain good detail where expected. I feel the main gun breech is not very well detailed, and there is no interior detail. There is somewhat of an engine top that is mounted to the inside of the upper hull if you want to leave the engine hatch open.
As for track, the builder has two options: there is the old vinyl standby and there is molded length and link track. While there is nothing special about the vinyl track, the molded track I find not very well detailed. On the molded track, the inside contains several ejector marks that would need to be filled, and it might prove a little difficult for the novice builder to represent the typical sag found in the upper run of tracks on a KV.
InstructionsThe instructions seem to very well laid out, and straight forward. There are some paint call-outs for detail parts, referencing colors listed in Russian and Model Master. There is only one option for markings and a single paint scheme, thus a small sheet of decals printed in white.
assembly Step layoutStep 1 - lower hull, road wheels, drive sprocket
Step 2 - suspension arms, upper return wheels
Step 3 - installation of drive sprockets and front glacis plate detail
Step 4 - engine detail parts
Step 5 - installation of road wheels, track
Steps 6 & 7 - hatch interior detail, upper hull interior parts
Steps 8 & 9 - upper hull installation, and exterior detail
Steps 10-14 - gun breech, barrels and turret front plate
Steps 15 & 16 - turret detail, interior and exterior
Steps 17 & 18 - construction of turret
Step 19 - final detail, mount turret
conclusionOverall it is a decent kit, and I would recommend it. I have not seen the Trumpeter kit, so I cannot draw a comparison, I will leave it up the builder to decide.