Aber KV-II Russian Heavy Tank photo
etch Vol. 1 (35-166)
by Nick Cortese
Aber Etch of Poland are once again are leading the way with some interesting
if not some of the most comprehensive update sets ever made.
Specifically designed for Tamiya’s rather ancient KV-II kit, which
has been kicking around forever, Aber are taking advantage of the fact
that this kit it’s relatively cheap and available and still very
popular. The etch set consists of two etch frets, one which makes up for
most of the “corrected” turret top area, and four resin hatches.
After adding the new top to the turret, Aber even offers etch weld beads
to turret top and sides. Aber supplies all the periscopes in etch as well
as the curved upper engine exhaust grills, and these are particularly
nice because of the weaved mesh effect, which is very well detailed. A
bit of surgery is required to the kit to install the etch engine exhaust
screens but the results will be worth the work.
Aber has also included all new resin engine access hatches as well as
the turret commander’s hatch and driver's hatch complete with all
the proper opening mechanisms. Once more, a bit of surgery is needed to
the kit the engine hatch area as well as a careful opening of the driver's
hatch area so that the new resin replacements can fit properly.
Smaller items like hull brackets, fittings and storage basket handles
are peppered throughout this set
I would think that anyone willing to take the time and effort to upgrade
their Tamiya KV-II would be well worth the effort to use any of the many
Aber updates sets for this kit:
35 144 - Russian Heavy Tank KV-1 & KV-II - Vol.2 - Fenders –
35 145 - Russian Heavy Tank KV-1 & KV-II - Vol.3 - tool boxes –
for early fenders
This upgrade etch set will definitely add the much needed detail that
is lacking in the original Tamiya kit.
Thanks to AIR CONNECTION for the review sample.