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Killer KVs
the_warchief
Joined: September 03, 2007
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Posted: Saturday, December 04, 2010 - 07:18 AM UTC
Hey all,

Found myself a nice KV model from trumpeter this week, not he enkranami i wanted but the 1942 model heavy cast turret. I m really excited to start the campain. I am starting to study the osprey book KV1&2 heavy tanks. I will make an overall green tank and not he white / green one on the box art.
Can't wait for the 1st of january
Greets all
warreni
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South Australia, Australia
Joined: August 14, 2007
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Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - 07:26 PM UTC
Hi everyone. Not long to go now and here is a finished one.. I couldn't bring myself to dirty it up so it is one fresh out of the factory.







Does anyone know what the slogan says?
warreni
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South Australia, Australia
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Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - 08:59 PM UTC
Sprue Brothers have Trumpeter 1/35 KV-1s on special for under $15....
madmax5510
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Hunedoara, Romania
Joined: May 06, 2008
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Posted: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 12:56 PM UTC
Hi Warren,
nice beast.
"Does anyone know what the slogan says? "-"Crush the fascist viper!"
warreni
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South Australia, Australia
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Posted: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 08:30 PM UTC
Thanks Dani!
bmikk1
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Utah, United States
Joined: February 15, 2008
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Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 03:13 PM UTC
Here is my finished Trumpeter KV-1.....jump to the last page of the log to see finished product. Love these kits!!
http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=161673&page=1
Bigrip74
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Joined: February 22, 2008
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Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 08:09 AM UTC
@ 00:01 hours I will start cutting plastic and throwing glue at this kit for my entry into this campaign I got it from an Armorama member.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR and see ya in the funny papers.

Bob
warreni
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South Australia, Australia
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Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 08:28 AM UTC
YES!! It is time for everyone to attack the plastic and get the KVs rolling!

I will go and grab one from the stash and try and get some work in between all the 40 other campaign projects I have signed up for..
GaryKato
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Joined: December 06, 2004
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Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 10:32 AM UTC
Here is a link to the campaign gallery.
Killer KVs
panzerdoc
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Joined: August 22, 2010
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Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 10:45 AM UTC
Bob,
I would recommend not using the Tamiya Kv-2 kit unless you don't care about the detail. This kit has so many inaccuracies, it is hardly worth opening. I would recommend the trumpeter kit.
Here is a link to my build of the tamiya kit. I spent a ridiculous amount of time replacing and scratch building things already present in the trumpeter kit.
http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=164522&page=1
Good luck!
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
Joined: February 22, 2008
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Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 11:32 AM UTC
Panzerdoc, thanks for the heads up but it is all about the journey (building in my case) as apposed to realism. As long as I enjoy the build and it looks good in the end then it was a fantastic journey , my rivit counting days are over and I leave it to those much more knowleable and better builders than I to produce those magnificent builds. So build on and share your tips with the rest of us to be able to get better at a project

Bob
ltb073
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Joined: March 08, 2010
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Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 12:44 PM UTC

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Panzerdoc, thanks for the heads up but it is all about the journey (building in my case) as apposed to realism. As long as I enjoy the build and it looks good in the end then it was a fantastic journey , my rivit counting days are over and I leave it to those much more knowleable and better builders than I to produce those magnificent builds. So build on and share your tips with the rest of us to be able to get better at a project

Bob



Bob, well said, I to build also for the enjoyment of the journey. I to will be building and older Tamiya kit #35142 the KV-1 that I bought from a member here but mine came with some AM PE so I will be using AM for the 1st time. Unfortunately I wont be able to start my build @ 00:01 hrs cause I will be running around making sure my cops are not getting shot at from celebratory gunfire in the projects
Have a safe and Happy New Year everybody
Bigrip74
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Joined: February 22, 2008
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Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 01:36 PM UTC
Sal, be safe and take care of your crew. I have not gone out on NEW YEARS EVE or the morning after for over 30 years now, it does not pay to be caught by the idiots. I will stay in, eat some nice goodies (cashews, ice cream, candy, diet soda) and enjoy some building.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.

Bob
vonHengest
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Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 06:55 PM UTC
Warren: Gee, only 40?

Bob: Same here

Sal: Hope you and your cops stay safe bud

Happy New Years all!
Bigrip74
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Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 07:10 PM UTC
Panzerdoc, I just looked at the link that you provided on your build and I must say it is fantastic. I would be happy to receive any tips that you pass on for my on edification.

Bob
Bigrip74
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Posted: Saturday, January 01, 2011 - 08:27 AM UTC
Well! This is an easy build and I needed that The only problem was losing an exhaust peice to the carpet monster I made a replacement from some sprue and heated the end then flattened it. My resoning is it was repaired in the feild and they did a hurried job. You can see the difference in the kit part and mine.

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Another part was lost to the so I made a hand hold from round stock. Also the fit of the turret was not the best on the front so some Tamiya Surface Primer was used and sanded to take away the overlapping seam and to give it some texture. The build took around 1 1/2 hours with cutting parts from the sprue, applying surface primer and sanding taking the most time.

Bob

warreni
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South Australia, Australia
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Posted: Saturday, January 01, 2011 - 08:41 AM UTC
Good job Bob..

I don't think they would have worried too much about it in the field as they would have been too busy dodging Germanic lead to worry much about an exhaust.. But well done none the less..
ltb073
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Posted: Saturday, January 01, 2011 - 10:58 AM UTC
Hi Guys, Hope all had a happy new year

Bob, looks like a quick clean built, looking forward to seeing it with some paint. The exhaust piece don't look to bad may be take a file to it to round it out a bit
Bigrip74
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Posted: Saturday, January 01, 2011 - 12:20 PM UTC
@ Warren: I agree that speed was the order of the day in combat for repairs.

@ Sal: a file was thought of, but I wanted to wait and give the glue time to make everthing sturdy before puting any pressure on it. I think that a winter scheme will be the most trouble that this kit will give me, its been so easy so far (shake and bake) I need to review the hair spray technique again after my last fiasco And how did your crew fair last night?

Bob
ltb073
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Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2011 - 07:07 AM UTC
Hi Guys,
After having my fingers go numb making Zim on my Tiger last night I decided to take a closer look at my Tamiya KV-1
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Apparently the former owner of the kit has started to remove the fender brackets
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So i figured this is where the AM PE comes in
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The problem is that this kit is to be used a jig to make new brackets So being that I really dont do scratch building what do I use to make the brackets and the rivets that have already been removed
Bob, All went well on the EVE only 2 idiots were stupid enough to what to spend New Years Day in jail Thanks for asking.
panzerdoc
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Joined: August 22, 2010
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Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2011 - 07:37 AM UTC
Sal, the pieces for the fender brackets are in your pe kit there, you shouldn't need the kit to use as a jig. you can make you own bolt with styrene rod or hexagonal rod as needed. you could go the more expensive route of PE bolts or the nutter. Good luck
ltb073
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Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2011 - 07:51 AM UTC
Panzerdoc,
The PE brackets are .010 thick and the directions say to use .030 thick. Also where to you get this styrene stuff that I keep haring about, can I get it at a craft store, my on line model hobby shop don't carry it
panzerdoc
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Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2011 - 07:55 AM UTC
I just dug this set up from the vault, of course the directions are missing but it looks straightforward. Again, I can't see why you would need a jig. Looks like the fender brackets are in 3 pieces. there is a groove down the rectangular pieces to help you align the triangular bracket. Glue or solder away.
tread_geek
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 23, 2008
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Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2011 - 08:02 AM UTC
I address this to the fearless and omnipotent campaign leader!

According to the rules:


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2. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a model of one of the myriad KV variants currently available from numerous manufacturers.
3. KV-1s and KV-2s are acceptable.



Can I presume that a SU-152 "variant" would be acceptable for this campaign? According to a number of sources, it was based on the KV-1S chassis, with a few modified from KV-2s.

Cheers,
tread_geek
warreni
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South Australia, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2011 - 09:28 AM UTC

Quoted Text

I address this to the fearless and omnipotent campaign leader!

According to the rules:


Quoted Text

2. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a model of one of the myriad KV variants currently available from numerous manufacturers.
3. KV-1s and KV-2s are acceptable.



Can I presume that a SU-152 "variant" would be acceptable for this campaign? According to a number of sources, it was based on the KV-1S chassis, with a few modified from KV-2s.

Cheers,
tread_geek



Read and understood..

What do you all think? Was the JSU or ISU-152 based on the KV-1 OR the JS2? I am not sure as I don't have tons of reference stuff like many of you do. I open the question up to the forum...