SOVIET HEAVY TANK KV-2 TRUMPETER 1/35

It is a standard KV-2. Built in December 2014.

Box package of KV-2 Trumpeter 1/35

Now I’m making Russian Heavy tank KV-2. I had made a German captured version of KV-2 but never have it. It’s a good chance of adding this tank to my finish up list.

KV series chassis making

I made KV series many times and able to assemble without seeing instruction manual about the chassis. Very speedy works.

This gun barrel’s hole is not centered, KV-2

This gun barrel’s hole is not centered, I need to adjust it later.

easy assembling, KV-2 Trumpeter 1/35

Easy assembling, (though took a couple of days). I attached tool boxes more than the instruction, 3 right side and 3 left side, and shorten the metal wires a little.

partial consolidation caterpillar tracks, KV-2 Trumpeter 1/35

KV’s partial consolidation caterpillar tracks are excellent even its older kit. I recommend you to choose this, not belts caterpillar which also included in this box.
(11-November-2014)

Tamiya light-curing putty for 3-dimensional mud

I tried to use Tamiya light-curing putty for 3-dimensional mud expression.

mud sticking to the rear aromor

Rear, also sticking putty.

making of KV-2 Trumpeter 1/35

Before painting, I took a shot from the other side for memory.

Tristar Russian tank crew set

I added two figures from Tristar Russian tank crew set. I adjust the gap between body and arms to use some putty.

making of Tristar Russian tank crew set

So many relaxing poses holding cigarettes, the right side also holding it but I have not yet prepared it.

back view of Tristar Russian tank crew set

Back shot. This Russian tank crew helmet is nice mold and shape.

Tristar Russian tank crew set and KV-2 Trumpeter 1/35

This Tristar Russian Tank Crew set is nice figure but old. Maybe it’s difficult to buy from a hobby shop. I want these nice sets are available long time, though the volume is a few.
(14-November-2014)

3 colors random painting, change tones

This tank has so many large flat surface so I changed 3 colors random painting. Russian green first half of WWII color is lighter than later WWII, but we can choose it by feeling. Only light green color feels not so strong and like a grasshopper.

red star on the left corner for accent. “За Сталина! ” is the meaning of “for Stalin!!”

I added the red star on the left corner for accent. “За Сталина! ” is the meaning of “for Stalin!!”, I suppose.
(21-November-2014)

KV-2 completed

Here’s the KV-2 completed. While working, this tank basic color is lighter but now subdued color.

152mm howitzer KV-2

Because the main armament is 152mm howitzer, there was not an armor piercing power, but would be awful destructive power against fortress and pillboxes.

washing repeatedly and the plain surfaces are changed

Washing repeatedly and the plain surfaces are changed. Too much use of rust color is something artificial though catchy eye points.

KV-2 weight is 52t

KV-2 weight is 52t. It was awfully heavy and was able to make only 15km/h on the non-leveling of ground running. It might be careful about the weak ground almost as same as German tanks.

many welding lines and big rivets

Many welding lines and big rivets are used and these are made impression of burliness. It is not detailed like German tanks which is one of the appeal points of Russian tanks.

wide and heavy caterpillar KV-2

My most favorite point of KV series is a wide and heavy caterpillar. I have drybrushing and made shine, attracted attention. I shaded off the side of the chassis in various ways not to become monotonous.

headlight clear parts is excellent

Headlight clear parts is excellent of this KV series kit. I hope all of the other tank kit headlight parts are same as this quality.

Tristar Russian tank crew on the cupola of KV-2

Tank crew is out of the hatch. He is looking left side.

painting of Tristar Russian tank crew set 1/35

Another tank crew. I can paint the injection figure’s face not so bad these days. This guy looks like western people….

from the side top, Soviet heavy tank KV-2 Trumpeter 1/35

Tank crew’s blue coverall is a good accent on this green tank. I think having rust on the wires first, but other many areas already rusty and it’s enough.

rear upper armor of Soviet heavy tank KV-2 Trumpeter 1/35

I attached dimensional mud to use putty. In recent days, I think it’s not a diorama so no need too much effect of weathering all time.

completed work of Soviet heavy tank KV-2 Trumpeter 1/35

There were two marks on the side of this turret which is some kind of hooks but it’s not suitable for this kit and removed all. I should have done it earlier, before the painting process…..

rear view of Soviet heavy tank KV-2 Trumpeter 1/35

These photos are taken based on ISO 400 for a try. But noises are many, I suppose. The ISO 200 setting is better. Anyway I need to research, try and error.

Soviet heavy tank KV-2 Trumpeter 1/35 build and painting to finish

KV-2 is simple shape and very nice presence. I made many KV series, fully enjoyed myself.
(23-November-2014)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

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