KV -7 ( Object 227 ) – Experimental Soviet heavy self-propelled gun ( SPG ) of the period of the Great Patriotic War.This war machine was developed design office Chelyabinsk Kirov Plant ( CHKZ ) in November 1941 under the leadership of Joseph Yakovlevich Kotin , Chief Designer of Russian heavy tanks and self-propelled guns of the time. In the creation of the KV- 7 also participated LE Sychev ( chief engineer ) , GN Moskvin , weapons designer of the Ural Heavy Machinery Plant ( UZTM ) KN Ilyin and GS Efimov . The car was first built in the Soviet heavy self-propelled guns during World War II. Although adopted the Workers ‘ and Peasants’ Red Army KV-7 has not been taken and the standard was not made, resulting in its development experience has allowed later in a very short time to create a serial SPG in this class.
This set consists of quite old kit PST and additional details from the company Zebrano. Of the additions Zebrano has 3 metal barrel and resin turret.
Set at first glance looks poor, but the assembly does not cause problems. Detailing is not bad, but almost all of the small details come together with one large piece. Casting quality is not bad, but the tracks are made fairly primitive, but better than the Pegasus)).In this work, there is no historical authenticity, because after the unsuccessful tests this tank was dismantled for scrap. But in my work, I gave him a second life to some alternative history. The upper armor plate I had left in the primer color, as is sometimes done in Panzerwaffe 46. Model painted as usual with artistic acrylic Polycolor, MIG pigments, and oils.
This is my all-time favorite tank and I wanted to build it for a long time; I already had Italieri and PST kits and I was ready for a kitbash. However, when I heard Zvezda will release its own version (a snap fit), and knowing the quality of its earlier releases (T34, Tiger I and Panther Ausf D), I decided to wait. And the wait was worthwhile. This is not a comprehensive review, just a few shots with the main parts (I didn’t removed the flash on any part, just detached it from the sprues).
The upper hull (Zvezda on the left, Italieri in the middle, and PST on the right). Italieri’s hull is a little bit short, both Zvezda and PST seem to have the right proportions, Zvezda has the nicest details of all:
Lower hulls (same order). I took an extra shot with Zvezda’s lower hull, looks like Dragon style, with superb details :
Gun barrels. I added the metal Aber barrel just for comparison. I don’t know if I’m right, but I think this is Zvezda’s only soft spot: the gun muzzle brake is maybe a little too short.
The turrets. Italieri is the only one with a very nice cast texture (present on the hull also). All Zvezda hatches are closed (maybe another minus).
General shots with Zvezda kit sprues. The DSzK 12.7mm machine gun has amazing details, and I think is the best plastic replica in 1/72.
I think the conclusion is obvious: Zvezda IS-2 is the best on the 1/72 market today.
All the models showed here can be found through our utility in Ebay.
The Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tanks were a series of Soviet heavy tanks named after the Soviet defense commissar and politician Kliment Voroshilov and used by the Red Army during World War II. The KV series were known for their extremely heavy armour protection during the early part of the war, especially during the first year of the German invasion of the Soviet Union.
KV-220 (Object 220) – Was an experimental tank based on KV-1. Longer chassis (7 rollers per side). Armor – 100mm. New 850 hp V-2SN engine with turbocharging. New diamond-shaped turret and 85mm F-30 cannon. One prototype was constructed in 1941. The tank was lost in battle.
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