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KV-1, KV-2
The Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tanks were a series of Soviet heavy tanks, named after the Soviet defense commissar and politician Kliment Voroshilov
About this creation
The KV series were known for their extremely heavy armour protection during the early war, especially during the first year of the invasion of the Soviet Union in World War II. Almost completely immune to the 7.5 cm KwK 37 and 3.7 cm KwK 36 guns mounted on the early Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks, until better guns were developed often the only way to defeat a KV was a point-blank shot to the rear.



Prior to the invasion, about 500 of the over 22,000 tanks in Soviet service at the time were of the KV-1 type. When the KV-1 appeared, it outclassed the French Char B1, the only heavy tank used in the world at that time. Yet in the end it turned out that there was little sense in producing the expensive KV tanks, as the T-34 medium tank performed better (or at least equally) in all practical respects. Later in the war, the KV series became a base of development of the Iosif Stalin tanks.



The KV's strengths included armor that was impenetrable by any tank-mounted weapon then in service except at point-blank range, that it had good firepower, and that it had good traction on soft ground. It also had serious flaws: it was difficult to steer, the transmission (which was a twenty year old Caterpillar design) was unreliable (and was known to have to be shifted with a hammer), and the ergonomics were poor, with limited visibility and no turret basket. Furthermore, at 45 tons, it was simply too heavy.



The KV outweighed most other tanks of the era, being about twice as heavy as the heaviest contemporary German tank. KVs were never equipped with a snorkeling system to ford shallow rivers, so they had to be left to travel to an adequate bridge. As applique armor and other improvements were added without increasing engine power, later models were less capable of keeping up to speed with medium tanks and had more trouble with difficult terrain. In addition, its firepower was no better than the T-34, which was cheaper to maintain and produce.



During the Continuation War, the Soviets found it difficult to deal with the concrete bunkers used by the Finns and a request was made for a tank with a large howitzer. One of the rush projects to meet the request put the howitzer in a new turret on one of the KV tanks. The result was the KV-2, a massive behemoth of a tank that mounted a 152mm howitzer.



The KV-2 was a massive tank, it weighed well over 50 tons and had more then 110mm of armor. The problem was that while impressive on paper, it had been designed as a slow-moving bunker-buster. It was less useful in highly mobile, fluid warfare that developed in World War II. The turret was so heavy it was difficult to traverse on non-level terrain, and it was expensive to produce. Only about 300 KV-2s were made, all in 1940-41, making it one of the rarer Soviet tanks. Many KV-2s were later converted into KV-1s.


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Comments

 I like it 
  January 24, 2014
They are great builds but you should make them longer and change the tracks to being 3 studs wide.
 I like it 
  January 24, 2014
Ah, the KV-2. When I first saw a picture of it I had no way to judge its size, but by the ridiculous proportioning of the turret I assumed it must be smallish. Then I saw one in-game, and the TURRET was as big as my M8A1. WHAT. Good job on the builds!
 I like it 
  June 28, 2012
it looks great, but the general problem with your models is that may of them are too short and too high. the KV-2 was high, but it was also long, it was a real boat. just some constructive criticism, otherwise a great build
Nathan Elkins
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Chris Melby
  February 20, 2012
You nailed the KV2, Tamiya has one, RC and your's looks just like it! Nice Chris
 I like it 
  February 20, 2012
I agree, the KV-2 looks weird(in real life, not the creation) I like how you made it.
 I like it 
  February 20, 2012
I've allways thought the KV-2 looked wierd. Anyway, nice work.
 
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