KV-2 1:35 scale model, kit by Trumpeter

Another Sunday, another wonderful tank model by .

An absolutely bizarre looking beast, the KV-2 was a 152mm howitzer placed in a super-sized turret on top of a standard KV-1 heavy tank hull. It was using during the opening phases of the second world war (around 1941) by the Soviet Union.

Awesome kit for the price (easy to get on eBay for $20-25 including shipping, if you can wait for the slow boat… comes with both link-and-length tracks and vinyl “rubber band” tracks, brass cables, and overall fits nicely and looks cool. Well it looks ridiculous, but that IS cool.

Only a limited number were produced– a bit over 300.

The over-sized turret was so heavy it could not rotate if the tank was on an incline! It also significantly slowed the tank’s top speed and mobility.

However, it was so heavily armored that it was nearly impervious to the German tanks it faced in 1941 during Barbarossa. They had to call in artillery or turn an 88mm AA gun onto it to have a solid chance to destroy it.

While the kit is pretty awesome, and 10/10 for the price, the translation is… lacking. Though I LOVE quick-fried turrets!

Some historic inspiration photo action…

I used metal powders to polish up the outer parts of the tracks to give them the appearance of real metal.

Detail shot of the turret top. I tried to add extra scuffing around the tops of the ladders, and some fading and dusting in reasonable spots.

Super-zoom on the exhausts. These were thinned out with a file to make them look more -inscale.
Detail shot. I really was playing with layers of grime and dirt on this build– various colors, with chipping, then fading/staining, then various shades of dirt/dust/mud/grime made of oil paints and dry pig
The cables in the kit were brass, which is excellent considering the price. The thing closer to us than the head light is the standard soviet horn. Beep beep.
With the tank, and especially the drive train, I was trying to get the impression of a tank that had caked-on layers of dirt and dust, but just hit a couple large puddles and thus has some areas of mud/splash visible.
the soot-stains are a combination of oil paints and black dry pigments
The overall paint job was done using Mission Model brand 4BO paint.
Derp tank…
The slogan on the side says Za Stalin, or “For Stalin!” Similar slogans were painted on a lot of Soviet tanks around this time… but there is no evidence of a KV-2 actually having this painted on it…
Good shot of the layers of dirt/mud on the hull and drive train.
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7 thoughts on “KV-2 1:35 scale model, kit by Trumpeter

  1. Just a couple of observations: the exhaust soot should fade out at its edges, right now those are too sharp (especially the one on the right) and the dirt on the side armor is a bit too much. It would look OK for a vehicle that spent a lot of time without moving, but normally that dirt would fall out due to the simple movement and vibrations of the tank, be washed away etc.

    Other than that, a fantastic work on the worn signs, the rust on the exhausts and the dirt on the tracks are simply lovely.


    1. I think dirt/dust is a bit of a matter of taste; I actually based the stark black exhaust staining on reference photos though! Its hard to find any real photos of in-use KV-2 rear decks, but the KV-1 shared the same exhausts, and the pictures of those have surprisingly little shading.
      Check out this example– http://wiki.wargaming.net/en/File:KV-1_heavy_tank_trials_Kill_the_fascist_toad_conducting_exercises_on_crossing_antitank_and_natural_obstacles_Reserve_Front_43rd_Army_109th_Tank_Division_Sep._1941.jpg


      1. True, it is a matter of tastes. And I might be a bit biased regarding the exhaust, my first attempt (on a FW-190) still haunts me, I couldn’t get that fading look on its edges.


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