Tamiya release their latest 1/35 armour kit. I build an early sample and have some fun with weathering along the way!

Other than a few stowage additions here and there, my kit was entirely built from the box, painted and weathered to look like a well-used machine.

Morning everyone – I hope you are all well!

Here’s my completed build of the brand-new Tamiya 1/35 KV-2 ready for the next issue of Tamiya Model Magazine.

Model Features…

★This is a 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 204mm, width: 95mm.

★The imposing form of the KV-2 is artfully captured in 1/35 scale.

★Features depictions of the rough cast turret surfaces and also weld lines.

★Various hatches can be assembled in open or closed position.

★Assembly type tracks feature one-piece straight sections, and offer realistic depiction of upper run ‘sag.’

★Comes with a full body commander figure, and a crew torso figure for installation in the hatch.

★Includes two marking options.

Other than a few stowage additions here and there, my kit was entirely built from the box, painted and weathered to look like a well-used machine. There are few areas I may touch-up, but as it stands it’s finished. One area that I am not happy with is the figures, each proving to be a real struggle to paint, especially the standing commander. I am planning to build a diorama around this model, so I will inevitably replace the figures, creating a scene in which the machine has been abandoned, a fat that befell almost every single of of those that hadn’t already been destroyed in combat!

I really enjoyed this kit and I look forward to its appearance in TMMI. I hope you like it too!


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I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!

5 comments on “TAMIYA 1/35 KV-2: ALL DONE AND DUSTED!

  1. The KV-2 may be one butt-ugly creepie-crawlie, but that model is superb. Just the right amount of everything to look very “real” when finished.


  2. Christian Atkins

    Really nice!


  3. B@kunin

    I’d agree with tcinla that it’s butt-ugly but what a great kit and a terrific paint job. Can’t see the struggle with the figures either, they too look great.
    Forward for the Motherland!


  4. That running gear weathering is superb. I can smell the oil and grease. Well done!


  5. baker24earthlinknet

    Great paint and weathering on this Spencer – I have archived it as a reference. Weathering is an art and you are the artiste….. Well done! As an aside, eons ago Gen. Rolf Stoves, who contributed immensely to the Panzer Colors books I did, sent me one of his personal photos taken while he was in 1.Panzer Division in Russia, a KV-2 with over a dozen 5cm projectiles sticking out of the turret rear plate – none had penetrated all the way, and several hung half-way out like a cartoon drawing.


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