KV-1 Model 1942
Trumpeter, 1/35 scale
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||Trumpeter 1/35 Scale Kit No. 00358;
Russia KV-1 model 1942 Simplified Turret Tank
|Media and Contents:
||329 parts (307 in grey styrene, 18
clear vinyl keepers, 2 vinyl track runs, 2 clear styrene, 1 twisted
||Best KV-1 kit now on the market;
choice of either styrene or vinyl track will be popular with many
modelers; thorough job of research appears obvious with moldings
||Some ejection pin marks on the
"hard" plastic tracks will be annoying to remove
||Highly Recommended for all Soviet
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In early May 1942, the commander of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade, Colonel
Maksim Skuba, received notice that seven Stalin prize arts laureates were going
to present a KV-1 tank to his brigade. The seven (three artists and four
writers) named the donated tank "Besposhchadniy" – "Fearless" – and provided it
with a poem and artwork. Artist Kukrynskiy painted a cartoon of the tank blowing
Hitler into pieces; author Marshak wrote this poem:
"Through the blazing fire we go
In our heavy tank
On to the rear of the enemy
Where we smash him in the flank.
Your tank's crew is fearless
Our eyes never close
As we carry out
Stalin's combat orders!
According to the Soviet archives, its best combat episode was one where it
took on 28 German tanks and knocked out five before withdrawing. But it was
later knocked out by the Germans, with the commander Khoroshilov being killed
and driver-mechanic Tsarapin being severely wounded.
"Besposhchadniy," while knocked out after only 700 kilometers, was recovered,
survived the war, and is preserved at the Museum of Armored Vehicle Technology
at Kubinka outside of Moscow.
This tank was a late production Model 1942 KV-1 with all of the basic features
of those tanks – "simplified" welded/bolted production turret, cast all-steel
wheels, cast return rollers, and a UZTM produced hull with flush fitting glacis
applique panels, "flat" engine access door, and "square" hull rear section.
Trumpeter now seems to have set its sights on catching up to DML for quality and
accuracy, and this kit is a very aggressive move in that direction. It also
makes use of what DML calls "slide molding" or using multipart molds to create
such things as hollow molded gun barrels and exhausts. It is also priced very
reasonably, and as such should be a winner in that area.
Detail-wise, there are many nice touches to this kit. The hull is molded in
three basic parts – a central form and two applique sides, which is unique. The
central hull shows a dip on the sides at the rear, so one can bet that either an
SU-152 or KV-1s will follow later on; the applique parts are squared off to
replicate the KV-1 Model 1942 hull. All of the jounce stops are separate and
correct, and the road wheel arms are each made up in two parts (there are two
different grease caps, so make sure you do not get them confused.) The wheels
have the interior cast reinforcement ribs, and are really well done. The drivers
have both interior and exterior bolt details, as well as the correct mud
The separate track is well done, as it "link and length" with a pre-cast "droop"
in the upper runs. As noted, there are two or four injection pin marks on each
link, even the long runs, and while cleanup will be tedious it doesn't seem as
bad as many other single-link sets.
Oddly the kit provides interior details for the engine deck air intake grilles
but only two sets of plastic parts and no etched grilles or frames for an etched
grille (one set appears to be for an SU-152 or KV-1s as noted earlier).
The hull details are all separate, including separate front and rear hull roof
sections and fenders. While the fenders come with the track slap deflectors on
the bottom (!) note that the actual fenders came in three sections, joined at
the second and fourth braces on the sides. A choice of early or late model
viewer covers is included (this one takes late, whereas the KV-2 kit takes the
The turret does a beautiful job of replicating the screwy "bolted/welded"
construction that drove me crazy about a year ago. It consists of bolting the
parts together against an angle steel frame, and then filling in the bold heads
with weld bead plus welding up the seams. (One reason these tanks took nearly 18
times as long to assemble as a T-34 Model 1942.) While not called out on the box
or specifically by name in the directions, optional parts are also included for
a KV-8 flamethrower tank (they are shown at the bottom of page 8.)
Only one finishing option is provided – "Besposhchadniy" from the 6th Guards
Tank Brigade, May 1942.
Overall this is a gorgeous kit, and eclipses the older (but still accurate if
fussy to assemble) Eastern Express kit. From the parts breakdown, more are going
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