An interesting commission - KV220

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Postby AlwynTurner » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:55 pm

Whilst visiting my friend and fellow LAD member George Barnes, he showed me an article in a magazine about a prototype KV220 tank that was built in 1941 and saw limited service, and George mentioned he would quite like to have one. As it happens I have various spare bits scattered around my man cave including a couple of KV1 lower hulls and a KV1 upper hull, so we discussed the prospect of a collaboration to build the beast.

Here it is
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and the blueprint
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This beastie had an extra set of roadwheels from the basic KV1 and was a metre longer. It was fitted with the 85mm gun that was later used on the KV85. The tank had a limited career and was knocked out in 1941 after a direct hit from a 150mm shell on the front glacis. The tank was recovered and the turret used as a static defense gun in the battle of Stalingrad, the hull was given a KV1 turret with a 76mm gun and also was used at Stalingrad.

This will be an interesting project for me and my trusty Dremell in my 'spare' time :haha: :haha: :haha:

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Postby tomhugill » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:20 pm

I shall look forward to this! Will go well with his kv5!!

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Postby maxmekker » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:38 pm

got my intention :thumbup:
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Postby mcevoyi » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:03 pm

Hiya Alwyn

That look's like a very intesting build ..
I'll keep an eye on this as I've spotted another interesting KV of late that also interests me

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Postby Ad Lav » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:31 pm

Very nice idea. I like the KV3 from wot with the rounder cast turret and 107mm.

Look forward to this!
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Postby c.rainford73 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:06 am

Alwyn, as both a fan of your work, and Russian armour in particular I eagerly await your build
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Postby mcevoyi » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:09 am

Hi all
That looks like a cut down kv2 turret to me ?

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:43 am

Sitting here with the popcorn, waiting for the show to begin, Alwyn... :)
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Postby AlwynTurner » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:26 pm

And so it begins
Stripped the first chassis of the removable parts
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and then got busy with the dremmell and razor saw
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Whittling with a dremmell on a plastic chassis is fun but not or the faint hearted! :crazy: :haha:

Now the tricky part of working out where to cut to extend the chassis. This is great fun because the two sides are not symetrical because of the simulated torsion bar suspension...... :think: :think:

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Postby mcevoyi » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:41 pm

Quick start there Alwyn

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Postby AlwynTurner » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:13 pm

Made a start on the cut and shut
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It was very tricky to get everything to line up in the right place, I had to cut pieces diagonally to get things in the ight place - lots of fun! :crazy: :haha:

One more cut to put in a spacer and then it's down o lining it all up and fastening it together

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Postby Ad Lav » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:40 pm

Nice start!
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Postby c.rainford73 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:41 pm

Alwyn you are a true plastic surgeon :clap:
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:20 pm

c.rainford73 wrote:Alwyn you are a true plastic surgeon :clap:

Bags first in line for a face lift. . . .

Now that would be an interesting commission, and a lot of hard work with your saw :haha:

Now joking aside, you do do some interesting builds Alwyn :clap:

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Postby wibblywobbly » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:46 pm

Armchair all ready with cushions, full screen on, let the entertainment begin. :D
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Postby AlwynTurner » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:29 am

Phew what a jigsaw. It took 6 attempts to correctly scale the blueprints, but once done correctly then the jigsaw came together

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All I have to do now is trim all the pieces, glue it all together, and reinforce it. This tank must have been just about impossible to drive it was so long and thin, and I believe they had lots of engine problems, I can see why!

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:58 am

You could have been stretching Limos, Alwyn, on an alternative career path :D ..
A question: how do to print and marry your blueprints together? Do you have a printer that can handle 'B' sizes as well as 'A' ? Mind you, A1 would probably do the job, and I imagine the job you'll do here will also be A1 :D ;)
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Postby RobW » Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:30 pm

Looking forwards to this.

Why did you need the diagonal cut at the front, but a straight cut further back? A T10 is on my list and the KV hulls should work for that too.

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Postby AlwynTurner » Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:43 pm

Hi Guys thanks for the interest. Regarding the blueprints I use Microsoft PC Paint to slice the blueprint into the different views, and then using the Paint print options to increase/decrease the size of the print until it matches the size of the KV1 chassis, Paint creates a multi-page print where necessary to account for the percentage increase/decrease. I then print on A4 and sellotape the pages together.

Rob the diagonal cut was forced because the suspension stop and the suspension mount on the kv220 overlap, so diagonal was the only way to get a straight cut, normally I prefer a vertical cut as it's easier to get the sides to line up.

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Postby AlwynTurner » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:52 pm

And Humpty is back together again
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but still with a lot of tidying up and reinforcing to do

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