Friday, 13 September 2013

KV-2 Tank

   Delving into the back of the cupboard I found a half complete Hobby Boss 1:48 model of a KV-2 Soviet heavy artillery tank with a 152mm howitzer in the turret. Some of the bits were missing and I had to kit-bash them but I am quite pleased with the finished result.

   The KV-2 was not a great success. It was unwieldy, had a high profile and was unable to rotate the turret unless the hull was completely flat. Eventually the SU-152 assault gun was developed in time for Kursk and turned out to be a better design all round, albeit on the same hull and with the same weapon.

   Hobby Boss are the cheap and cheerful end of plastic kit makers, which is not necessarily a bad thing for wargaming models. They produce a variety of Russian and American 1:48 WWII tanks.


  1. I'm unfamiliar with WWII Soviet tanks but from the look of the turret it could have taken a higher caliber gun. I have to admit I rather like the squared-off sturdiness of the design! Kind regards, Brian.

    1. The early war years showed a wonderful range of exotic vehicles. There is something very 40K about this tank.