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KV-1 / KV-2 Engine Set
Hauler 1/48 scale for Tamiya

Reviewed by Brett Green


Stock Number and Description Hauler HLX48149 - KV-1 / KV-2 Engine Set
Scale: 1/48
Media and Contents: Eight parts in cream coloured resin; one photo-etched fret
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Flawless casting of resin; crisp detail; effective use of photo-etched parts; major transformation for M4 kits
Disadvantages: Some experience required for thinning kit parts in preparation for installation
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Hauler's 1/48 scale Conversions & Accessories are available online from Mission Models


Hauler is at the forefront of the 1/48 scale military modelling boom with a large selection of useful photo-etched detail sets released every month. Increasingly, Hauler is also entering the multi-media conversion market.

Hauler has released a simple engine set for Tamiya's 1/48 scale KV-1 and KV-2 kits.

This set comprises just eight parts in cream coloured resin and a small photo-etched fret packed into a sturdy but compact box.

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The resin parts are perfectly cast and detail is crisply rendered. The engine block is supplied in one piece, as is the entire engine bay - including radiators with cooling fin detail cast onto both sides. A new engine access hatch is also provided in resin. The photo-etched fret supplies the ignition harness.

Instructions are on a single strip of paper, and include four illustrations plus a parts list. The instructions are quite adequate to the task.

This is a very simple conversion. The only complication may be cutting out the engine hatch, and thinning or removing plastic from the inside of the kit hull to permit the engine bay to fit.

Hauler's KV-1 / KV-2 engine will be a real and noticeable enhancement to Tamiya's kits.

Highly Recommended

Text and Images by Brett Green
Page Created 25 January, 2007
Page Last Updated 25 January, 2007