Kit Preview : 1/76 Fujimi KV-2 Late Type
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 re-releasing their 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-2 is an early war Soviet assault tank. Armed with a 152mmm gun, it could handle any German tank and could only be stopped by air assault or 88mmm AA flak guns. It was immune to the puny 20 mmm and 37mm guns fielded by the Panzer II and III. Here is a gallery of KV-2s early and late, including some useful scale drawings.
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 the later KV-2 with the vertical front turret. 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 as are the six handles on the turret. 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 JS-2 should work.