KV-1 on the bench

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Postby palepainter » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:10 am

So I decided to start today on the KV-1 today. I have spent the past few weeks collecting photos and details, courtesy of this killer site. I have been lucky to find what I needed to get going on this.

First off, I was really impressed with the tank right out of the box. Tear down was pretty simple once I realized there were two screws just in front of the drives on the side of the hull. :) Once I got it split, I took the turret off. A few wires needed to be cut and cataloged for future assembly. Pretty straight forward on the control unit and plugs. Just like the Panther.

I decided to take this one up a notch as far as effort. I am sure you all suffered from this chronic syndrome, detailitis. The references I am using show quite a bit different bolt pattern on the engine covers and rear deck. I am not sure I feel like relocating the. I may, it depends on how many beers I can get into after church tomorrow. :) I added a bunch of small hoops made from heated plastic sprue. I wrapped them around the same diameter material I pulled them from. Then I made bases for each of the hoops to be located in the slight round depressions on the stock HL molds. They will get simulated welding in the future. There were a bunch of holes drilled in places according to my references.

The exhaust stacks were hollowed out with my Dremel. I then removed the bolt heads from the stock plates and doubled up the flange, more to scale. Then I drilled out for 1/8th brass hollow tube to provide conduit for the smoke fest. Added new bolts and ...viola.

On the front, the armor plate was cut and fit. Then I fabricated the horn brackets in the same fashion that the original was, according to my sources. I also hollowed out the headlight and got it set up for a lens in the near future. I lifted the drivers viewing hatch and am contemplating making it my access to power switch. I used a guitar D string for the wiring that is seen on the exterior.

Thanks for all the inspiration and technical information provided here. My daughter will really dig beating me with this KV1 when it is all done. :)


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Postby PainlessWolf » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:51 am

Good Evening, Pale,
That is some beautiful expression of 'detailitis' ;o) I love the way you made the lifting hooks for the rear engine plate. Masterful work. I'll be following this one closely as it has details which will be of great use to me next spring with a KV-2 build I am looking into.
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Postby Red Devils » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:53 am

Looks great palepainter, you off to a great start. Great idea with the guitar string to replicate armoured wire. Well done...

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Postby ALPHA » Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:12 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: Nice job Palepainter... I like all the little details you've paid attention to.. something I usually bypass :haha: ....not to say I'm not tempted to do them... but sometimes I can be the clumsiest of people... and snap things off when carrying something like a tank :thumbdown:

I can tell already this one is going to be a beauty for sure :thumbup:

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Postby ALPHA » Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:44 pm

I wish the people I got my KV from had the IR version... it has the recoil right?....though right now I'm not sure it would be adaptable to the KV-2 turret I'm working on

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Postby palepainter » Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:08 pm

Yes. This one came from RC Dynasty with IR ready. Recoil and all.
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Postby ALPHA » Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:15 pm

palepainter wrote:Yes. This one came from RC Dynasty with IR ready. Recoil and all.

I should have went in that direction as well... but the guys I usually buy from gave me a great deal on shipping...it's still a nice tank though... and it runs great now

What got me is I could have got free ship from RC Dynasty alias MatoMart... this past friday...forgebear has some nice hatches for it... it includes the two for the engine the driver and commanders hatch... it has me thinking for sure ;)

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Postby palepainter » Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:45 pm

Alpha,
Do you have a link to those hatches?
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Postby dgsselkirk » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:25 am

Hey Palepainter, mine went on the bench on Thurs. :thumbup: My guts are all done with Clark and servo recoil so it was time to detail too! Will follow what you are doing. Good timing eh? :haha:
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Postby palepainter » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:46 am

Thanks guys. Question. What exactly are these light profile circles on top of turret and front of hull. I can not find decent up close photos to see what is going on. I did see one photo where the "O"s looked like they were circular weld marks.

I got a bit further on the front end today. I added the rivets that were missing on the front fender attachment brackets. Also, I finished up the headlight using some plastic from a CD case. Finally, added the conduit coming over the front of the added armor plate.
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Postby palepainter » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:57 am

This is the best reference I could find for those circular marks on the hull.
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Postby palepainter » Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:00 am

One more....

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Postby PainlessWolf » Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:22 am

Good Evening,
Here is something from the Prime Portal site. It's not a pretty tank but there are some good close-ups.
http://www.primeportal.net/tanks/dmitry_kiyatkin/kv-1/
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Postby palepainter » Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:39 am

Thanks. I have been using this page as a reference. I have not been able to find any thing better than this one on the site, but the front section on the model does not have the circular marks that the real KV1 has.
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Postby dgsselkirk » Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:52 am

Something that caught my eye right away is that the horn on the HL is on the wrong side...
http://data3.primeportal.net/tanks/dmit ... of_130.jpg
http://data3.primeportal.net/tanks/dmit ... of_130.jpg
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Postby palepainter » Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:04 am

dgsselkirk wrote:Something that caught my eye right away is that the horn on the HL is on the wrong side...
http://data3.primeportal.net/tanks/dmit ... of_130.jpg
http://data3.primeportal.net/tanks/dmit ... of_130.jpg



Yes. That is something I discovered doing my research on the bracket. I decided not to mess with the horn at this point.
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Postby blimp » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:16 am

Good morning fellas ,Great stuff ! Have you seen these sites - Model development = http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forums/s ... hp?t=77660 Lots of photo's etc. = http://www.kv1ehkranami.narod.ru/index.html , Niel Stokes = http://www.4bogreen.com/kv-series , and for surviving vehicles ( not just KV's )= http://legion-afv.narod.ru/KV.html . Btw , those 'rings' - the armour was initially screwed together prior to final welding .
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Postby ALPHA » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:36 pm

palepainter wrote:Alpha,
Do you have a link to those hatches?

Here you go Pale.... I also just found out Dave has the tool boxes as well
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mato-KV1-Metal-Hatches-1-16-Scale-RC-Tank-fits-Heng-Long-/380782302334?pt=UK_ToysGames_RadioControlled_JN&hash=item58a864d47e
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Postby ALPHA » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:40 pm

dgsselkirk wrote:Hey Palepainter, mine went on the bench on Thurs. :thumbup: My guts are all done with Clark and servo recoil so it was time to detail too! Will follow what you are doing. Good timing eh? :haha:

:haha: You doing one too dgsellkirk?.... I just finished my turret....nothing special... but it's there lol

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Postby ALPHA » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:42 pm

palepainter wrote:
dgsselkirk wrote:Something that caught my eye right away is that the horn on the HL is on the wrong side...
http://data3.primeportal.net/tanks/dmit ... of_130.jpg
http://data3.primeportal.net/tanks/dmit ... of_130.jpg



Yes. That is something I discovered doing my research on the bracket. I decided not to mess with the horn at this point.

Really... everything I've found has the horn is right were it should be... except in most photo's it's busted off ...even the instruction sheet that came with the resin turret has the horn and the light in that location

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