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KV-1 Model 1941 w/ Early Cast Turret (January to May 1942)

This sub-variant is a very simple build, since Trumpeter kit #00359 Russia KV-1 Model 1942 Heavy Cast Turret Tank represents this sub-variant when built out-of-the box.

Prior to step 1, follow the kit instructions to open up the holes in the hull top (part A27) and the hull sides (parts B1 and B2).  Carve away the bolted flanges for the fender brackets, since by this time the brackets were welded to the hull sides.

Be sure to open up the hole in the domed engine access hatch (part F23) for the inspection port (part A18).  The inspection port was fitted to all domed hatches from January 1942 onward.  Note however, that the flat engine access hatch was common in the spring of 1942, and can be found in kit #00358.  Check your references for the vehicle you are modeling.

Follow step 1 of the kit instructions.

In step 2, note that the applique armor for the driver's front plate (part D18) is the short pattern fitted to hulls manufactured by UZTM.  Hulls manufactured by Factory No.200 used a taller plate.  If you wish to depict a vehicle with a hull from Factory No.200, you must fabricate your own applique armor plate from 0.8mm styrene sheet, using the kit part as a guide but extending the upper edge of the plate by approximately 3mm.

Follow step 3 of the instructions.

In step 4, the hatch surround (part F15) in the upper hull must be faired into the hull top (part A27).

The transmission maintenance hatches (parts F12) are the raised pattern with beveled edges, typically seen on Model 1942 hulls.  Model 1941 hulls in the spring of 1942 however, typically carried inset hatches.  For accuracy, you should replace the kit parts with scratch-built hatches made from discs of stryene sheet, 13.5mm in diameter, using the drawing on page 85 and the photograph on page 86 of KV - Technical History and Variants.

Follow steps 5 thru 10 of the instructions.

In step 11, check your references to determine the appropriate gunner's sight for the vehicle you are modeling.  Either use the gunner's sight shown in the kit instructions (parts F18 and A20) or the box-shaped sight (parts F17 and F20).

Attach the side-facing episcope covers and assemble the rear-facing machine gun (parts D11, D12 and D2) as indicated.

You may wish to replace the grab handles on the turret sides (parts D15) with brass wire, and fill their locating slots.

Fill the socket in the center of the turret hatch (part D19).  KV-1 turret hatches did not include the socket, though KV-2 turret hatches did.

Follow step 12 of the instructions to construct the tow cables.

In step 13, modify the spare track links (parts F13 and F14).  The kit parts include four attachment brackets, rather than the correct three.  Carve away the forward outermost bracket using the drawing on page 165 of KV - Technical History and Variants as a guide.

Follow steps 14 and 15 to complete your model.

By following these steps along with the kit instructions, you will create an accurate representation of a KV-1 Model 1941 manufactured at ChKZ between January and May 1942.
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