Italeri 1/72 Scale
Reviewed by Glen Porter
The KV-1 Heavy Tank was built concurrently with the T34s and with the same gun. Compared to the latter, it was not a success with poor reliability and maneuverability, its only advantage being it's armour thickness. There are many stories of brave KV-1 crews fighting to the death from a disabled vehicle but what's not mentioned is their tanks was disabled through mechanical break-down not enemy action. However, it, along with the T-34, caused the Germans to build the Panther and Tiger tanks.
This is of course the ex-Esci kit which has been out of production for many years.
Since then, the only Braille KV-1
has been from PST which was not bad. They did the entire range of
KV-1s and they featured link and length tracks, but some of the
detail was a little soft and the road wheels were moulded off centre
so that the rim was thicker on one side. PST's tracks were not as
crisp as Revell's either. Trumpeter have just released a series of
KV-1s and although I haven't seen inside the box, I know they don't
have link and lenth tracks either. I would expect the mould quality
to be better than PST but are they as good as this Italeri? Time
will tell as Trumpeter have proved in the past to be anything from
very good to bad.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Italeri KV-1 the lower hull and road, drive, idler and return wheels
are all on sprue “A”. “B” has the upper hull, turret and all the
bibs and bobs that fit on to them plus two figures that look quite
usable. Both the turret hatch and driver's hatch can be posed open
with detail on the inside and the machine guns in particular are a
big improvement on those from PST. The moulding on both sprues is
very crisp with no sign of flash and only a small amount of seam
lines to be cleaned up.
Braille appreciate that Italeri are re-issuing these old Esci kits
but if they can improve them so easily, why not?
The first is in winter white-wash with three Russian Armour Green panels, one either side of the turret and one at the rear of the hull. The turret panels have a 700 in red painted in them. Unit is unrecorded, Winter 1942. Next is another KV-1 in over-all winter white wash with a Russian slogan in red on the turret side, again the unit is unknown, Winter 1942. Third is an over-all Russian Armour Green example with a white slogan, same as above, 1941. Last of all is a very patchy winter white wash over RAG with a black slogan, March 1942.
There is no doubt that the plastic
this kit is an improvement over the PST offering and is let down
only by the tracks. Just what can be done about those tracks is up
to the modeller. I'm told the PST L&L tracks are available but I
don't know from where. An alternative would be to get hold of a set
of Italeri JS-2 tracks but that may mean junking a perfectly good
JS-2 unless you can buy them from Italeri. If the modeller decides
to go with the kit tracks well, good luck.
Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.
Text by Glen Porter