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KV-1 Model 1942 w/ Reinforced Cast Turret (February to July 1942)

This sub-variant is a very simple build since Trumpeter kit #00360 Russia KV-1 Model 1942 Lightweight Cast Tank represents this variant when built from the box.

Prior to step 1 of the instructions, you are directed to open up the outermost slot of the steel conduit that carried the power cable for the headlamp and siren; that is, the slot closest to the hull side.  This is incorrect for a Model 1942 hull.  Instead, open up the innermost slot.

Follow step 1 of the instructions.

In step 2, note that the kit provides the short applique armor plate for the driver's front plate (part D18) as fitted to hulls manufactured by UZTM, which is appropriate for a hull manufactured in the spring of 1942 since both contractors were building Model 1942 hulls at that time.  Vehicles with hulls from Factory No.200 used the taller applique armor plate.  To accurately represent 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 steps 3 and 4.

In step 5, note that the surround for the crew hatch in the forward hull top (part F15) must be blended into the hull top (part A27).  There should be no seam around the outside of part F15.

Follow steps 6 and 7.

In Step 8, note that the kit only provides the domed engine access hatch, and not the flat access hatch.  Both types of hatch were commonly fitted to Model 1942 hulls.  The flat hatch is provided as an optional part in Trumpeter kit #00358, so you can take it from that kit if you choose to model a vehicle with the flat hatch.

Follow the remaining steps in the kit instructions.

In step 11, 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.

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

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