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1/35 Trumpeter KV-1 Ehkranami WIP
bmikk1
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Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 01:33 PM UTC
Hi all, I have decided to post my build of Trumpeter's KV-1 Ehkranami for all to see. I am planning to build it OOTB and want to focus mostly on the painting and weathering as those seem to be my weakness.

Here is the kit:


Here are all the pieces spread out...it comes with a choice of rubber band style tracks and link-and-length. I will use the latter.


And here is the start!


I will have updates as progress continues!
BillGorm
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Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 02:07 PM UTC
Brandon - Good luck with your build. I'll be following as I'm working on my own KV-1 and plan to many more. By the way, has Trumpeter muffed the name of the vehicle on the box top? My Russian is rusty, but I believe it should be KV-1 s ehkranami ... the "s" meaning "with" in Russian. Definitely not possessive.
bmikk1
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Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 03:53 PM UTC
Thanks Bill, I will be following your build as well and plan on taking advantage of your building tips to help with my KV....based on your advice I guess I need to seek out a bottle of Yuengling eh?
pgb3476
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 03:37 AM UTC
Trash the rubber band tracks...the plastic ones work real well and look good when finished.
pgb3476
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 03:42 AM UTC
Bill and Brandon, are you aware of www.4bogreen.com....it's a fabulous site for KV info and the two kits that each of you are working on....plus the site owner is a great guy and will answer any questions about the KV or the actual kits.

Greg
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 03:51 AM UTC
Greg - I'm definitely aware of 4bogreen.com. In fact, I'm deliberately following his "recipe" as closely as possible. Luckily, for the model I'm making there are that many corrections needed.
vonHengest
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 04:29 AM UTC
Looking forward to seeing your progress Brandon. You guys are coming close to making me want to collect the whole Trumpeter KV series
pgb3476
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 06:26 AM UTC
Bill, not sure if you have Niel's book, if you don't and can afford the price it's the best reference work on the KV series out there. Niel is currently working on his next book which will be on the IS series.....

Model on....
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 06:54 AM UTC

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Looking forward to seeing your progress Brandon. You guys are coming close to making me want to collect the whole Trumpeter KV series


It ainīt that bad task, Jeremy. I have them all in 1/35 scale.
vonHengest
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 07:00 AM UTC
Kimmo: I think it's already starting to set in.. I have one on the way, another I'm going to pick up at my local hobby shop, and if I like what I see I'll probably order the rest from the vendors you all have mentioned . I never even knew I liked KV's
bmikk1
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 08:46 AM UTC
They are great kits, I am enjoying building this one and I have the KV-2 in the stash that will get built shortly after this one is done. Best of all they are priced really well, I got mine for around 15$ each.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 09:08 AM UTC
Where do you get yours from Brandon?
bmikk1
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 11:40 AM UTC
Jeremy, I got this KV-1 and the captured German KV-2 pictured below at Earlshobbyhangar.com. It looks like they don't have any listed on their site, but you should check it out for other deals, and the five dollar flat shipping is a deal as well. They are based in Utah (where I am) and are great to deal with in person or online.



And now some progress on my KV-1, the only issue I have with the kit so far is it seems almost every piece has a seam line down the middle of the part. It removes easily with a sharp knife but it is slowing down an already slow builder...



More to come, and thanks for your interest everyone!
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bmikk1
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 11:44 AM UTC

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Bill and Brandon, are you aware of www.4bogreen.com....it's a fabulous site for KV info and the two kits that each of you are working on....plus the site owner is a great guy and will answer any questions about the KV or the actual kits.

Greg



Greg, thanks for the refrence, I had not seen this site, it is great!
vonHengest
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 12:39 PM UTC
Brandon: Thanks for the link, looks like I missed out on a sweet deal there. Send me a holler if they bring any of the KV's back.

Your build is looking great btw. I know those seams are annoying, but take a look at a Zvevda/Eastern Express kit and you'll never worry a little trimming on the Trumpeter kits again

My biggest concern is actually the multi-piece hull, I'm actually dreading that after attempting Zvevda's BT-7 kit....
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Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 01:04 PM UTC
Great subject and great kit IMO. I really liked building it. Plus the value for money for such a quality kit is downright staggering, although it seems the price is fluctuating a lot these days. I used Armorsacle F32 barrel, although I find the one from the kit isn't bad at all. It came with a severly warped hull though...

The engineering of this kit is quite surprising. Sometimes, absolutely no glue is necessary, the fit is just perfect. Then some other times, it isn't quite so.

Enjoy!

JV
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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 02:23 AM UTC
Jeremy, the Trumpy KV hulls go together real easy compared to Eastern Express and Zvesda kits.
vonHengest
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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 03:04 AM UTC
Thanks Greg, I'm looking at picking up one of the KV-2's sometime this morning.

Brandon: Have you thought about joining the Killer KV's campaign?
bmikk1
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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 05:36 AM UTC

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Thanks Greg, I'm looking at picking up one of the KV-2's sometime this morning.

Brandon: Have you thought about joining the Killer KV's campaign?



Good call Jeremy, I just enrolled with my KV-2. I see you designed the campaign ribbon, it looks great man!
bmikk1
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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 05:43 AM UTC

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It came with a severly warped hull though...



Thanks Jean, If you read Bill Gormley's KV-1 model 1941 build log he mentions the same issue with the warped hull. Mine was a little off but ended up not being an issue...
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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 06:01 AM UTC
Brandon, one thing sticks to my eye on your KV-1 and itīs those idler adjustment mechanismīs beside idler wheel. Are you sure, you got them right, because I think they should point upwards, no downwards.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 06:15 AM UTC
Brandon: Much thanks, glad you like! And glad to have you as part of the crew

I swear these KV's must be some kind of bug with us. I haven't met one person on here that has less than 3 in there stash
bmikk1
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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 10:15 AM UTC

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Brandon, one thing sticks to my eye on your KV-1 and itīs those idler adjustment mechanismīs beside idler wheel. Are you sure, you got them right, because I think they should point upwards, no downwards.



son of a It is up side down.....gotta fix that. Thanks for the catch Kimmo, I had not glued the other side on yet and that means only one fix.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 11:37 AM UTC
Gentlemen...regarding the hull warpage, are you talking about the sides of the hull tub being warped inwards in the middle, so that they have to be eased outward in order to fit the engine deck in between the hull sides? If so, I've encountered this on every Trumpeter KV I've built.

I fix the problem by cutting a piece of sprue to the interior width of the hull and gluing it inside the hull tub, a few mm down from the top, to act as a brace and hold the sides of the hull tub out at the proper distance. This ensures that the joint between the top of the hull side and the bolted engine compartment roof plate is consistent in width all the way along.

Cheers,

Neil