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THE RUSSIAN TIGER.

Bryan Krueger builds a Soviet KV prototype.

The Soviet tanks designers in 1940-41 created a wild variety of concepts for heavy tanks to deal with the rumours of German heavy tank development. The KV-220 was one of the few heavy concepts to be prototyped. The hull was about one metre longer than a standard KV-1, an extra road wheel station was added and the frontal armour was increased to 100mm. Only two were built. One prototype had a turret similar to the KV-1 and mounted a 76mm gun. A second prototype had a turret similar to the KV-2 turret but was shorter and mounted an 85mm F-30. It was to mount a 107mm main gun, but work was abandoned at the start of the war to focus on regular KV production. The lengthened hulls were eventually reequipped with standard KV turrets mounting the 76mm F-32 and lost in fighting around Leningrad. The enlarged KV-220 turret, which retained the experimental 85mm F-30, was installed on a concrete fortification and used as a static defence where it survived the war.

The Kit

This build is based on Trumpeter’s KV-220 ‘Russian Tiger’ Super Heavy Tank released in 2016 and builds as the KV-220 with the large turret mounting the 85mm gun. The kit is a mix of older sprues from their excellent KV line and newer sprues for the KV-220 specific parts which do not have the same finesse as the earlier kits. I was able to locate a set of drawings of the KV-220 and determined the kit hull was about 3-4mm too short. This threw off the location of the rear engine plate and spacing of the road wheels. I didn’t feel a burning desire to undertake an extensive correction project so I decided to have some fun with this one.

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Inside this month's issue: - IDF Puma. Ivan Momcilovic Momcha presents some IDF heavy armour. - Iranian Shilka. Vorya Hidaryan joins the MMI team with Meng’s sublime Shilka. - The Russian Tiger. Bryan Krueger builds a Soviet KV prototype.
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