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Postby Soeren » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:35 pm

Hey there , not much available on this one. So while browsing Axels for some add ons for my builds I came across the Kv-1 and in my wish to support the hobby shops I dropped an order. Looks like a straight forward build with some goodies of the ABER basic kit. Which is not overly sophisticated but adds some nice detail. As always a 1/35th scale kit for reference. Image

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Postby Marco Peter » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:31 pm

Have fun building it but don't forget to feed us lot's of pictures of your great work!
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Postby PainlessWolf » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:13 pm

Good Morning!
Congrats on your acquisition! There are a ton of great builds of the KV-1 to browse through here. As Mr. Marco noted, lots of Pics and details!
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Postby Soeren » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:29 pm

Thank you painless, maybe it's the few letters that makes finding such builds a bit difficult. I just found one for the Tamiya kv-1 on this site by flipping through the pages. If you could help me with some links that would be great.
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Postby tankme » Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:10 pm

Good luck with your build. I just built the KV-2 with that Aber PE kit and the Tamiya part goes together very smoothly. The PE kit is pretty fiddly. The saw has like 40 pieces alone and took me hours to build. There a few things I also opted for below. I may have gone a little overboard since it was my first Tamiya tank. :) Still need to finish a few details and paint though.

Transmission brace from ETO: https://etoarmor.com/?product=transmiss ... tamiya-kv1

"KV0021 Set of support rollers with painting stencil included". They were easier to mount bearings in: https://etoarmor.com/?product=set-of-su ... l-included

KV0026 Exhaust outlets: https://etoarmor.com/?product=kv0026

I also installed a full set of bearings in the road wheels and idlers.

Front idler brace in metal from Shapeways: https://www.shapeways.com/product/PGWFR ... arketplace

Stainless steel tracks (no longer available): https://www.dklmrc.com/product/sus_kvt

MK Modellbau Aerial for Russian 1:16 Scale RC Tank: https://www.forgebeartanks.com/store/p6 ... _Tank.html

KV fuel/oil cans although mine came unpainted from a different vendor I believe: https://mk-modellbau.de/main_bigware_34 ... -kv-series

I don't remember where I got the metal tow cables for a heavy tank. They are larger than the ones for the T-34/85.

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Postby Soeren » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:26 pm

Nice. I like that the Aber kit includes some nice parts without being too much. And you can always add boxes later on if you likem
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Postby PainlessWolf » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:28 pm

Good morning, Soeren,
Here are a few threads for builds I was able to relocate. One of them was the long-ago inspiration for the Palace' paint job. ;o)
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viewtopic.php?f=22&t=13388

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=11935

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=11949

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=11243
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Postby Soeren » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:13 pm

PainlessWolf wrote:Good morning, Soeren,
Here are a few threads for builds I was able to relocate. One of them was the long-ago inspiration for the Palace' paint job. ;o)
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viewtopic.php?f=22&t=13388

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=11935

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=11949

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=11243


Awesome, thank you.
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Postby tankme » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:18 pm

I just picked up the most comprehensive KV book I've ever seen. KV TECHNICAL HISTORY & VARIANTS by by Neil Stokes. It's a rivet counters dream. Not only does it have actual pictures of the real tanks, it has line drawings of every nut and bolt on the KV/SU-152 series tanks/TDs with explanations as to why and when the changes were made. It's on Amazon for $180 US, but I found it for $117 at Aberdeen Bookstore in Colorado. It's worth every penny for all of the time I've spent on the internet looking for detail pics. It describes welds, plate construction, external tanks, stowage types/locations, wheel types, armor modifications, turret types, and field mods just to name a few things. If you want one place to look for all your KV variant builds, this is the book. 560 pages of KV goodness... :)

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Postby PainlessWolf » Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:40 pm

Good Morning,
That is the book that I used ( kindly lended by our very own Sassgrunt ) to help build and detail the 'Palace' with. Aside from being incredibly useful, it is also a darn good read!
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Postby Soeren » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:43 pm

tankme wrote:I just picked up the most comprehensive KV book I've ever seen. KV TECHNICAL HISTORY & VARIANTS by by Neil Stokes. It's a rivet counters dream. Not only does it have actual pictures of the real tanks, it has line drawings of every nut and bolt on the KV/SU-152 series tanks/TDs with explanations as to why and when the changes were made. It's on Amazon for $180 US, but I found it for $117 at Aberdeen Bookstore in Colorado. It's worth every penny for all of the time I've spent on the internet looking for detail pics. It describes welds, plate construction, external tanks, stowage types/locations, wheel types, armor modifications, turret types, and field mods just to name a few things. If you want one place to look for all your KV variant builds, this is the book. 560 pages of KV goodness... :)

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Thanks for the suggestion, but I wont go overboard here. The Trumpeter kit has great reviews and according to 4BO website it should be a perfect smaller scale reference. If I get overly confident I might try the ABER PE upgrade on that, but that would end up in a lot of scratch building of details for the Tamiya KV1.

I was so happy buying this for just an enjoyable build, as I didnt found my big boy pants again to go back to the Kitbash Tiger tank.
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Postby c.rainford73 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:57 pm

This should be really well executed as usual Soeren
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Postby Soeren » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:27 pm

This kit goes together really well. All bits great. The suspension feels really strong as it is and the chassis has some minor flex in the front area only. Really like it so far.
I build the trumpeter kit alongside that has some strange misshapen panels, but dust nd mud should take care of that. Comparison for both, Tamiya has some stepped weld lines along the side of the hull where it meets the top and some more welds might need to be added on the turret as well.
The air intake on the back will be mixed with the Aber mesh and a modified Tamiya part. Because the pe deflector from the aber set looks too flimsy to me. And I would fear to break it when handling the tank.

Also I got a size comparison with the Leo 2a7.
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Postby Ad Lav » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:29 pm

Order a support brace or henntec idler which does both :)
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Postby Soeren » Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:00 am

It dosent look like a brace is needed. But even if I find it to be necessary later your recommendations sound like some reasonable options.
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Postby Ad Lav » Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:04 am

It will need one, trust me. A friend had a KV2 and didn’t fit one and the front chassis flexed/twisted...
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Postby c.rainford73 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:41 am

Henntec idlers is way to go. Too much flex without.
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Postby Soeren » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:08 pm

Henne doesn't offer a kv idler unfortunately. I will consider a custom option. But maybe I will start with a self made brace first. For the paints not taking paid to I tried a Montana spray can and it looks like it is tougher that brushed on paint.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:32 pm

Good Morning, Soeren,
The Brace is a good idea. Even my original metal Taigen KV lower hull deformed at the front over time. I eventually had to replace it. Check with Henntec and see if their IS-2 brace will work. Hulls look similar in width and both use a single point idler attachment at the front. As for the paint, use Tamiya primer and your airbrush or rattlecan paints will adhere straightaway.
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Postby Soeren » Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:12 pm

I already contacted Henntec. He told me that there is no of the shelf option available. Unfortunately.

For priming in general I had great experience with Montana spray cans up to now. The hulls and bits also went well with standard Acrylic's from Vallejo et al. Only those Tamiya tracks didn't take the acrylics at all. So after Ad Lavs spray can recommendation I reconsidered and tried a few spare links with available Montana cans and it sticked much better. Will try tonight after almost 4 days of curing how resilient this is though
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