On the German side, the KV-1 was often referred to as the Dicker Bello and, under the name PzKpfw 753, was also used as a captured tank in various areas of operation.
|Building Time ca.:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
With just 711 components, QuanGuan donated a total of 4 construction phases to this set. Less would have been enough, but newcomers have it especially easy. The style of the instructions also contributes to the simple structure. Only a few components are installed per construction step and the entire previous structure is grayed out.
4 plates form the basis of the KV-1. The mountings for the rollers come directly onto this. In contrast to the COBI KV-1, this model is a hollow nut. Only walls made of single-row bricks form the hull. A variant is used as the engine that is more suitable for model making. We build the entire front again separately and then attach it to the hull.
Of course, the rear follows the front. This is built similarly and is composed of several sections. Only then do we attach it to the hull. In the following steps we widen the top of the hull with 2 skirts. Some details and printed tiles are built onto these. Completion is completely tiled. In contrast to some other QuanGuan models, the tiles are very easy to insert here. Occasionally only one needs to be rotated to fit perfectly.
We set 2 more tubes on the front before the model is turned over. The rubber for the rollers is very hard and some of them have clearly visible cast defects. Nevertheless, the chains run quite well, although not quite as well as the COBI model. They hook here and there on very smooth surfaces when the tank is only pushed slowly. The turret begins with a Plate Modified and the small 1×1 Plate Modified to reverse the construction direction. QuanGuan does not have nearly the variety of brackets and other SNOTs that we are used to from COBI.
We build the entire armor of the turret in several stages and attach them to the turret one after the other. We use a number of printed tiles and slopes. After the gun barrel has also been built and attached, the turret is finished and shows almost no more studs.
Since I didn’t get the first model from COBI anymore, I am very happy about this set. However, if you still don’t have a KV-1, you should perhaps wait a few more weeks. Then the new version of COBI comes out.