Torro KV 1 864 build ,repaint, weather, elmod new sounds

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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:39 pm

Hello everybody . I have not posted on this forum for a few years now, mainly because, moving home ,working away and real life getting in the way really , but like most people just now I have had a lot of time in the house due to that bloody invisible virus thingy , so garden is tidy and I have managed to finish completely one of my projects . Like many here I imagine you buy a tank , my first was the torro tiger , i had big ideas ,(still do ) I bought loads of expensive goodies , lots of aber kits, new guns , new tools , new electronics , after trying the IBU and giving up I settled for the ELMOD FUSION , fantastic board . anyway then i seen a Torro KV1 on ebay for sale , it had a broken swing arm a little crack on body and some wires cut , no electrics , but came with a set of unused 5.1 premium series 3 gearboxs , for £100 it was a bargain and as I had the spare torro electronics from the tiger project I thought it would make a nice run around while doing the tiger , then I saw a nice 76mm sherman on Forgebears site , had to have it , a tamiya kubelwagen , then came the 3 WSL trucks , then a torro schwimmwagen ,and as well as a diecast collecting habit , it's hard to ever finish a project. Until now , so thanks mainly to a killer virus I have been enjoying time at home and have actually finished a project, and it's not the original tiger , I thought I would buy another Elmod for the KV1 , and use that tank as my practice build , as I have not a lot of modelling experience ,it wouldn't matter so much if went wrong, so first time with airbrush, first time weathering and I made a whole new sound set after spending days searching for kv 1 videos to record sounds and add in the 24 user sounds this board can take. I have also installed the full ELMOD Battle system and fitted the emitter 9mm down a brass tube, so it's ready for battle according to the tamiya rules. But with this build I wasn't buying any expensive parts, just the electronics , all detailing on this was scratch built using cheap bits of nylon rod for bolt hooks on steel plates ,new headlight from old one with bits of cut plastic and a home made antenna from the end cut off a plastic paintbrush and a bit of wire, and a little wire mesh for the air intakes,and i got a set of 4 metal hatches from forgebear , that I thought needed a bit of work to look better, but I am by no means a scratch builder like some of the amazing model builders on here using 3d printers etc that I can only admire their skill and work. I do like the fact that modellers of all levels can post on here, as it can be quite intimidating with the level of some guys here, so here goes I have lots of photos on my way through this build and I know it's another KV1, but I like it and as they say that's what counts . I did notice Soerens KV build not that long ago , and like him I was using the WILDER KV-1 Finishing technics series of videos for the weathering . I had long started the build before i noticed his , I'm not copying him honest. The main difference between Soerens build, which by the way I think is a brilliant build and finish, and my own, apart from this little problem :problem: you have put one of your tracks back on the wrong way . :haha: . Ok so difference is mine is a cheap torro not expensive tamiya , and I didn't want to spend a fortune on expensive weathering products as it was my first time, so I bought a box of slightly used tubes of winsor and newton winton oil paints from ebay , and a box of pastel chalks , and one proper bottle of brown for dark green filter from ammo, but made my pin washes , dot washes , from oil paints ,all under £30 for my weathering products. So a budget Build if you like. So without further ado I will try and get photos and videos on here.
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:01 pm

original kv 1.jpg
So this is the original KV . Im just trying photo downsizing here.
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:06 pm

So starting with the air intake , fitting mesh.
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:15 pm

Air intakes done , just a bit of light buff paint on air intakes to stand out under the mesh.
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:23 pm

old gear box out
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:29 pm

I have taken the the return rollers off to grease and clean, they were really noisy and stiff before . New gearbox 5.1 in after i ran them in with drill on the bench and lot of wd40
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:48 pm

these gearboxes are very low profile but also there is 1mm between the wires on both motors. so I am putting a plastic wall between them ,just in case . now i might as well build a box cover over the gears , keeps things tidy , especially oil getting thrown off the gears.
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:55 pm

So just glue some plastic U channel above and behind the boxes
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:58 pm

Gear box , boxed in
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:30 pm

OK I cut out all the hatches next , done this with a compass cutter, took a while and 2 blades, but came out ok.
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:34 pm

Once cut ,place a smaller diameter plasticard under the whole and another piece round the edge to make a rim. I also removed the plastic saw and barrel cleaning rod stowage tube and filled the holes.
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:45 pm

Next with these hatches i thought they had to big a flat part at the back of the hatch and it left a huge gap when closed, so with some plasticard and strong epoxy i filled them in and when dry, i filed them down to what i thought was better and drilled some markings on them.
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:01 pm

Next up was a bit of detail, fill in the indents on the back of the steel plates which shouldn't be there and try to add the bolt hooks that were there for lifting the steel armour plates off, i used a 3mm nylon rod and cut small pieces and filed them to shape trying to get the scale right ,then drill a hole through them trying to keep the curve.
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:17 pm

Next im going to fix the turret. the round circles are supposed to represent weld circles where steel armour plates are bolted on then the bolt head welded around, problem is these did not exist on top of the turret and the ones that were on the back side of the turret and else where on the tank were normally flush and not so perfectly round, so i got rid of them on top and all others were filed down and roughened up. Also added a little brass pipe to rear machine gun ,make it look like a barrel, and the original plastic top hatch from torro has the indent marks the wrong way around ,so i filled with putty to fix this. although later in the build i change it for a metal hatch :/
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:34 pm

next add some weld lines to the rear .
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Postby Captain Hilts » Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:52 pm

Next begin the painting process, first time using the airbrush , which i got from ebay for about £30 never used , revell vario masterclass, connected to a pressure regulator and filter and running off my 50ltr garage compressor. But I painted everything with red oxide from a rattle can first. I thought painting the hatches while unattached to the tank and inner edges of hatches would be easier before attaching them for good. Also can i just point out what a great idea it is to buy a cheap 1/16 scale vw bus and try it out on it first before you hit the tank :haha:
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Postby Jimster » Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:11 pm

From what I’ve seen since joining this forum, you Scots are amazingly great modelers and sticklers for details. Excellent build :clap: thread!
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Postby Captain Hilts » Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:30 am

Thanks for the kind comments Jimster, I am just a mere learner trying my best, I will continue with more photos tomorrow, its getting late here now. Hope yous like photos because I'm a bit mad with the camera . Although I take a lot of pictures of somethings then other more important parts I forget to take any . :(
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Postby EAO » Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:59 pm

Wow, Capt.Hilts,

That is very impressive, and I like your dedication to detail! :clap: Very nice and clean! I guess some of you Gent's on here just have modeling come naturally! Me not so much, perhaps if I ever have more time! :/ Watching with interest. Carry on! :thumbup:

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Postby Captain Hilts » Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:10 pm

So next up before i gave it the colour , i fitted out the turret with the elmod battle system, i had to epoxy in a thick piece of wire and plasticard to attach the mushroom plug onto , it had to be strong enough to be able to plug the mushroom in and pull out without moving. To fit this in and be able to close the top hatch i had to move the gun elevation motor down ,which involved extending the 3 legs for the motor by 4mm ,this has the motor sitting pretty flush with the bottom of the turret , and also i had to cut down the lever on the back of the gun by 4mm to compensate. then i cut the original torro electric motor off the gun and glued the servo to the side of the gun ,spaced out with a little bit wood and drilled a hole through a little lever on the barrel which slides up and down inside the main gun body and connected to the servo with a little wire rod. no need for recoil kits .At this point the elmod emitter was put in a brass tube, keeping to the tamiya battle rules. also once the turret was back together i mixed some tamiya putty with acetone free nail polish remover and with the thin sticky mixture dabbed it on the gun mantlet to give it a cast metal look. but i never took a photo of me doing that. but you will notice it later on in the build , also i heated the plastic fender front and rear on the right hand side with a gas dremel tool and bent them a little with plyers for the dented look,also no photo , but can be seen later on.... Can i just point out here, Anybody looking to buy an elmod fusion i would recommend buying the pro, my other elmod board is the pro and the reason is because the ECO only has 1 servo, which i connected to the gun recoil , if i had another servo, i would have been able to do away with the gun elevation motor all together and connect that to a servo also, and give me more space in such a tight turret. for that reason alone i think the pro is the best option.
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