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PostSubject: Strato's KV-1b 756(r)   Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Icon_minitimeSun Oct 06, 2019 12:25 am

I had to find my old KV-2 thread to make sure this went into the Allied section... Wink

Anyhoo, it's been awhile. Many of you remember some of the hulks I've built *set fire to* over the years, and finally the urge hit. So here we go. 

I'm going to be cheating and taking the lazy route whenever possible, so I left the hull applique' armor intact and I will NOT be converting this to a cast turret version.. no thank you. I repositioned the rear-view periscopes to be more correct as Heng Long set them about a scale foot from the edge of the roof.. not very useful there. Full Taigen metal lower hull, running gear, tracks & steel gearboxes w/ bearings. I fear no trees. Those of us who remember my 18lb KV-2 roaring at full speed in your direction will know the feeling... 

I'll try for captions and chronological order. Click for full sized image. 




  • Removed stock Heng Long KV turret armor, patched the holes and used drywall filler for a nice smooth exterior.  


 Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Received-2409791952674882 Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Received-513707812520249 


  • Cutting access hatches and installed metal replacements.


 Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191003-232018 Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191003-232005


  • New metal hatches, and turret modifications bringing it up to a cleaner, German standard. Forward periscopes removed.


Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191003-233113 Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191003-232031

  • Recoil kit from Dean & Chris, first time I've installed one of these and it's REALLY nice. I like the spring especially. 


Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191005-213635 Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191005-213630 


  • KV TK-22 & upgraded sound system, so far so good. Nice and loud.


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  • Recoil mechanism installed and primer applied. I'm still waiting for the German 7.5cm KwK 40 L/43 from Dominique @ Rctank.de, and mantlet. 

Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Received-2418082138227123 Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191005-222758 


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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-1b 756(r)   Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Icon_minitimeSun Oct 06, 2019 12:48 am

Glad you like the recoil system! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-1b 756(r)   Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Icon_minitimeSun Oct 06, 2019 9:04 pm

Nice ! I always wanted to do one.......  :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-1b 756(r)   Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Icon_minitimeMon Oct 07, 2019 10:54 pm

MikeC wrote:
Nice ! I always wanted to do one.......  :-)

Nice! Yea I was looking around at different variants I could build off a KV chassis.. KV-85 etc, and I came across this version and remember it from War Thunder. 

Some parts arrived from Australia & Germany today (we are a global market!), so I can continue work on the turret and gun soon Smile

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This is the actual image of the KV-1b 756(r). Only one EVER made up...

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-1b 756(r)   Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Icon_minitimeTue Oct 08, 2019 8:53 pm

Nice track tension! thumbs up Is that the same gun in the PZ4?

Interesting 3 ton truck with a crane in the background.

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Shoveler74 wrote:
Nice track tension! thumbs up Is that the same gun in the PZ4?

Interesting 3 ton truck with a crane in the background.

KV-1 with a 7.5cm KwK 40 L/43 (Early 75mm on the PZ-IV, was later replaced with the 7.5cm KwK 40 L/48 for better shell velocity/penetration)
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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-1b 756(r)   Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Icon_minitimeWed Oct 09, 2019 12:50 am

I always liked how that track looks on a KV; upon closer inspection you can see that the track is split just ahead of the drive sprocket which would explain this Smile 

Still, I have no idea if this tank ever saw action or was anything more than a 'make work' project for the engineer depot boys. Still, it looks really awesome Wink

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Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191009-005426 Taigen metal tracks. Running great right out of the box, loosened the idler tension to about 'half way' and we're good.

Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191009-005405 All primer'd up and nowhere to go..

Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191009-005201 It's nice to have this much room to work with...

Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191009-005153 Taigen 4:1 gearboxes. In my experience you can't go wrong with these; affordable, robust, low maintenance. 

Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191009-005126 This is mostly a stock Panzer 4 long-barreled manlet, with just a few trims here and there it fits nicely and isn't a pain to remove for maintenance. Trimmed with a bandsaw and then roughed up with a file for that quickly cut with a torch look. 

Strato's KV-1b 756(r) IMG-20191009-005059I've got lots of elevation with this setup, but I think I'll need to adjust for more depression.

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-1b 756(r)   Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Icon_minitimeWed Oct 16, 2019 5:55 pm

Got some painting in! After a quick touch up of primer (Canadian Tire rattle can marked PRIMER, seems legit), I mixed my cheap acrylics Yellow Ochre and True Brown by eyeball to get my desired personal version of DunkelGelb. A master's touch, I tell ya. 

I found that mixing in a plastic bottle, in my case film canisters, and then pouring that out through some sort of filter really helps with preventing my airbrush from clogging up. I used cotton musket cleaning patches. I did the entire Gelb base coat with several refills of my airbrush without any clogging or cleaning required. By the time I got to the brown camo, though, it was really suffering. Older paint I guess, it didn't want to flow. 

I'll do some of my regular detailing as time permits, which usually consists of taking a sharp pencil and making paint chips, wear and tear, all sorts of cool effects. Then a top sealer coat of some kind.



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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-1b 756(r)   Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Icon_minitimeThu Oct 24, 2019 7:14 pm

Top coat complete Smile 

I went around the whole tank for about 40 minutes with a mechanical pencil. I love how simple this is and how it turns out. Shading low spots, highlighting wear and tear, shadows, paint chips and bare metal.


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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-1b 756(r)   Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Icon_minitimeThu Oct 24, 2019 8:12 pm

Thanks Dean for the parts!! 

The Panzer 3-4 metal cupola from Rdtank.de conveniently splits radially so installing the Clark base wasn't hard at all. I trimmed some plastic PC-board spacers to the right height and CA glued everything together. It works!

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PostSubject: Re: Strato's KV-1b 756(r)   Strato's KV-1b 756(r) Icon_minitimeMon Oct 28, 2019 8:56 am

Battle system complete. I have created a monster. 

Enjoy Smile 

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Infrared light visible! 
 

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Drivers hatch provides access to the power switch.


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Since I like this paint job so much the emitter is easily removable if required Smile   russian

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Very Nice!

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