KV-1 /KV-2 Road Wheels
(A Division of the VLS Corporation)
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|Catalogue No. and
||Item TX 0016 - KV-1/KV-2 Road Wheels
- Set 1
USD$12.95 from VLS
|Contents and Media:
||36 parts in pale yellow resin
||Well cast; much better detail
than Tamiya plastic parts; one of three sets that will offer plenty of
options (especially for Tamiya KV-1, KV-1B and KV-2 kits)
||No instructions (but not that
Reviewed by Brett Green
Trakz has released three sets of replacement road wheels for the KV series
of Soviet heavy tanks. This is Set Number 1, and it is applicable to early
variants - the KV-1, KV-2 and some early KV-1B models.
Before I start, I should point out that it is almost impossible to tidily
classify variants of Soviet tanks. Titles such as "KV-1B" and "KV-1C" did
not originate with the Soviets - they were convenient labels applied by
Western armies. The comments in the following review are therefore meant
to be a suggestion about the typical use of roadwheels, not a definitive
guide to the subject.
It may be unkind to classify Tamiya's 1/35 scale KV-1 kits as "sows
ears", but they are pretty crude in some respects. One of the obvious
areas where shortcuts were made was the roadwheels. The detail moulded
onto the front of the outer roadwheels is okay, but there is no detail on
the back face of these wheels. There is no detail whatever on either side
of the inside set of roadwheels. Furthermore, the style of wheel supplied
with the KV-1B and KV-2 kits is the earliest production version with no
radial "webs" on the outer rim.
There were at least six production roadwheel types used on the Soviet KV
series, and Trakz's Set No. 1 represents the second common variant. This
wheel was similar to the style used on the earliest KV-1 tanks, but adds
radial webs to the outside of the wheel rim. Typically, these wheels might
be seen on KV-1 and KV2 tanks produced from late 1940 until 1941; and on
some early production KV-1B tanks. This offers plenty of potential for
modellers to use this set.
Trakz has done their research. On the real wheels, the lightening holes on
the outer rim are not centred between the radial ribs, and Trakz has
depicted this feature perfectly. I suspect that the dish of the outer rim
may be slightly shallow, but it is hard to tell for sure.
The new resin wheels have detail cast onto both sides of the outer and the
inner roadwheels - a real improvement over the Tamiya parts.
Casting quality is excellent, but care will be required when removing the
Trakz KV-1/KV-2 Road Wheel Set #1 will be an essential accessory for
anyone building an early KV-1, KV-1B or KV-2.
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