Russian KV "Big Turret" Tank
FirstLook by Jay Laverty
Catalogue Number and Description:
Hobby Boss Kit # 84815 - KV-2 “Big Turret”
styrene; copper wire, two clear lenses
||around £11.99 available from hobby
||High quality moulding;
link and length styrene tracks
||Solid engine deck grilles
Hobby Boss is proving to be a champion of the 1/48 scale armour
market and are bringing out some less obvious subjects, leaving the
more “mainstream” choices to Tamiya. Aside from the Sherman series,
the Hobby Boss catalogue contains some surprising choices, all of
which intimate a close relationship with Trumpeter as they seem to
be scaled sown versions of larger scale Trumpeter kits.
The Trumpeter KV-2 was a superb
kit, and this release from Hobby Boss is every bit as good, with
only the slightest concessions to the reductions of scale. The
moulding is very clean, free from flash, and crisply detailed.
Spread across 7 sprues of grey styrene, along with a lower hull,
small etched fret, the only thing I was disappointed with was the
omission of a clear headlamp lens as this was a very welcome
addition with the T-34 series Hobby Boss produced earlier.
The level of detail realised on the sprues is admirable, and very
well executed, as you can see with the accompanying images. The
injected link and length track has the sag moulded in which will
make for an acceptable appearance for those wishing to make the kit
straight from the box, however the addition of some WWII Productions
resin individual links will improve the appearance and raise the
level of detail that extra little bit. The turret is broken down
into a very simple to assemble yet nicely detailed 14 odd parts not
including the handles. Depending on how the handles some away when
cut from the sprues I see little need for additional detailing,
although the interior of the hatch could probably do with a small
amount of sprucing up should you wish to do so.
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view larger images:
As with any model, there are some
spots that could do with some improving should you wish to do it,
although the kit parts are acceptable as is. For instance one spot
that immediately catches my attention is the engine deck grilles,
which would benefit from the addition and reconstruction utilising
some etched mesh, to reveal the louvres beneath.
Aspects like the wheels and turret detail are very respectably
covered, and it isn’t hard to imagine how all of this will come up
rather nicely under paint and weathering. The barrel is a two part
affair and looks pretty decent although again hopefully one of the
aftermarket producers will come through with something that includes
some rifling detail produced in turned Aluminium.
One of the best aspects of the surface detail is the delicately
defined weld seam detail which will look superb after being brought
to life with a good wash. It is finesse touches like this that makes
a model special in my opinion.
Hobby Boss has resisted the
temptation of reproducing moulded on detail, thus making this a very
suitable model for additional detailing, so this kit has unlimited
potential without the necessity of removing inconveniently placed
items such as pioneer tools, as we have seen on some of Tamiya’s
kits for instance.
In my personal opinion if Hobby Boss can keep producing models of
this quality and of the quality of the T-34 series in this scale,
1/48 will quickly become a scale that can be taken seriously. This
is a fantastic model as it comes out of the box, it lends itself
easily to super-detailing, and for this reason I rate it very highly
indeed. Considering it comes in at £11.99 in the UK it is great
value for money.
David at SBX Models for the review sample.
In the UK Hobby Boss and a wide
selection of 1/48 scale kits can be purchased from SBX Models at:
425 Norwich Road
Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5DN U.K.
Phone: +44(0) 1473 464 311
Text and Images by Jay Laverty
Page Created 07 April, 2007
Page Last Updated
06 April, 2007