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PostSubject: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeSat Sep 29, 2012 5:33 am

I'm actually afraid of what this tank is going to be able to do... It gives me shivers.

KV-2 turret & hull, asiatam metal lower hull, 4:1 (?) steel gearboxs, plastic tracks.

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I wont be able to sleep now!

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeSat Sep 29, 2012 11:59 am

When do you get the beast?

I read recently that the KV-2 was way under powered, it would struggle climbing small inclines. Is yours going to have scale speed? Wink geek

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeSun Sep 30, 2012 4:17 am

Not sure about deliver times, let's hope though that they are as fast as Welsh is! ie, faster than Mato down the road from me Wink

And... stince... *shakes head* None of my tanks are scale speed Wink Tigers too fast, Panzer's too slow... Sherman doesn't flip over....


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I can't wait to see where you put the sensors, we'll need a step ladder to hit it. affraid

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeTue Oct 09, 2012 1:59 pm

The beast has arrived! I am VERY impressed and very overwhelmed... I don't know where to start!!

It came in several small boxes and was very nicely packed, kudos to RCtank.de for that. Anyway I'll upload pics as I work along, so, firstly the unpacking.

The steel 4:1's (as they are advertised) are bulletproof. 3 connecting bars hold them together as well as 2 more screws in the base. They simply do not flex. Final drive shaft has 2 ball bearings each. Wow.
These, I think, are the new Taigen ones...

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Sprockets are metal, and idler supported by another 2 ball bearings. Wow.

Only issue is that it seems the plastic track isn't a perfect mesh with the sprocket... after about 1/3 of a revolution it throws the track, its too tight. I'll see what I can do to remedy this.

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Hull is another example of amazing Asiatam work. Torsion bars are nice and tight. Mounting plate for the TU's is a perfect alignment. No complaints here.

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I'm guessing the upper hull is stock HL. The equipment bins are metal, and they've added a charging port for the battery. Neato! It has these ghastly gaps in the spots with no bins.. is that normal?

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The turret is a work of art. Metal track hangers, metal ladder rungs. Asiatam recoil & elevation unit inside, flash unit, & even the connector for the stock HL battle apple in the cupula. Not sure if it has en emitter in there but I'll figure it out. Has 3 working hatches; cupula, original Russian hatch, and the big oven door on the back.

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeTue Oct 09, 2012 3:59 pm

Couldn't help but notice the PzIV still sits in the box yelling "don't forget about me" lol

Very nice tank - KV2

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeTue Oct 09, 2012 6:25 pm

I think we're going to have some epic battles next year. Twisted Evil
Elefant vs KV-2: The Beasts of the Battlefield!

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeTue Oct 09, 2012 6:43 pm

Hah! Yes Stinger, it does but I do keep it on top of the pile! Unlike my 1/16 tanks while I'm totally fine ruining with wacky paint jobs & constantly falling apart, I do want to spend good time on the 'dicker max!'

Hopefully I can figure out the wiring for the recoil, elevation etc...

Anyway, more pics!

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeTue Oct 09, 2012 8:17 pm

Stince wrote:
I think we're going to have some epic battles next year. Twisted Evil
Elefant vs KV-2: The Beasts of the Battlefield!

I hope to have my E-75 Super Heavy built for the spring time..clash of the Titans !

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeTue Oct 09, 2012 9:50 pm

Tracks are pretty tight, more than I'd like even at fully loose on the tensioner, enough to compress the front wheels more than they should be. Didn't come with spare links, so I'll be ordering some!!

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Looking good, maybe the plastic tracks will stretch a bit.

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeWed Oct 10, 2012 1:40 pm

Man, that looks like it could be trouble for Axis tanks .( better try and capture/ reflag it ) Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeWed Oct 10, 2012 3:47 pm

I've settled on making it a German-capture version (hence the cupula and other minor mods, courtesy of Torro), that has been RE-captured by the Russians in time for their winter offensive.

So, I primed it a hearty battle-grey, and will possibly white-wash it... any suggestions from our painters? It looks really sharp now I don't want to 'ruin' it Wink I read someplace that simply mixing chalk & water can work!

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeWed Oct 10, 2012 4:15 pm

Wa。。。 it is beautiful...
Did you do the test run...
In my case, the HL track doesn't fit sprocket of metal low hull I purchased from Welsh dragon model. Especially, when you make a turn...
I have to buy tamiya tracks from the ebay.
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Strato50 wrote:
So, I primed it a hearty battle-grey, and will possibly white-wash it... any suggestions from our painters? It looks really sharp now I don't want to 'ruin' it Wink I read someplace that simply mixing chalk & water can work!


NOT YELLOW!!! affraid

How will you tell it apart from the other tanks? Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeWed Oct 10, 2012 5:37 pm

Captured and re-captured ??? What is it a Italian tank or maybe French ??

Orange would be a nice colour .

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NO,.. Captain.
Pink.... Pink should be the best... Very Happy

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Wa。。。 it is beautiful...
Did you do the test run...
In my case, the HL track doesn't fit sprocket of metal low hull I purchased from Welsh dragon model. Especially, when you make a turn...
I have to buy tamiya tracks from the ebay.

Yea neither did mine. I took a file and eventually a 1/4" drill bit in a press to the sprockets and ground some material off, they fit better but not perfectly.

I might do that in the future!

No electronics yet, I'd like to have an SLU in there though!

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Strato50 wrote:
I've settled on making it a German-capture version (hence the cupula and other minor mods, courtesy of Torro), that has been RE-captured by the Russians in time for their winter offensive.

So, I primed it a hearty battle-grey, and will possibly white-wash it... any suggestions from our painters? It looks really sharp now I don't want to 'ruin' it Wink I read someplace that simply mixing chalk & water can work!

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeThu Oct 11, 2012 11:45 am

...accidentally bought GLOSS clear coat... tank is now shiny... g*d d*mnit! Razz

Question.. I was thinking for a worn out white-washed look, to apply spray-on white then wipe with lacquer thinner to wear it down for a severely beaten look... will the thinner eat through 3 clear coats and mess up my primer?? Considering everything is nice and cured for a day or 2.

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Strato, seal it with a clear coat, then spray the white with a water-based paint.
Remove what you want off by wiping it with a wet cloth or brush, if you take to much off add more white.
When your happy with it seal it again, just don't use gloss! Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-2 Build   Strato's KV-2 Build Icon_minitimeThu Oct 11, 2012 8:21 pm

Hey Jordan

well i made this video for white washing but it's rather boring apparently to one person that commented on it...lol

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well i made this video for white washing but it's rather boring apparently to one person that commented on it...lol

Ya, that was me. Sleep


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I actually remember watching that video! I think I'll be going that route it looks effective.


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sometimes i do the white and sometimes i do a black wash
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