Kit Preview : 1/76 Fujimi KV-1 1941 model



About the manufacturer
Fujimi is the only remaining active major 1/76 plastic injection molded kit manufacturer. They took on the Nitto range about a decade ago and have been rereleasing tehir catalog gradually. Their latest kits include link and length hard plastic tracks. Be sure to check if the kit you are buying has the old rubbery tracks or the new ones. Just a hint: the cheaper ones have the vinyl tracks.
Henk of Holland has a very useful list of all the serial numbers of Fujimi and Nitto kits.


About the vehicle
The KV-1 is an early war Soviet heavy tank. Invulnerable to early war German tanks, it became obsolete with the arrival of Tiger and Panther tanks whose guns could dispatch the KV's with ease. Slower than the T-34 but packing no greater punch (since the main gun was the same 76.2mm), it had clearly reached the end of its operational life and was eventually replaced by the IS series, with a much more potent 122mm gun. Here is Wikipedia's article onthe KV series.


About the kit
I have to commend Fujimi for releasing a range Soviet WW2 AFVs. They bore the brunt of the fight against the 1000 year Reich.
This kit depicts a 1941 model KV-1 with the F-34 gun in a welded turret and added hull armor. The



A rough check of measurements confirms that the model's scale is effectively 1/76. The reinforcing wedges should actually be hollowed out. They are too thick anyway and are best replaced. The kit's weak parts are the tracks. Notwithstanding the crude pattern, it will be very difficult to simulate the heavy sagging seen in period photos. If cost is no object using the tracks from a Fujimi IS-2 should work.