Trumpeter KV "Big Turret"

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Think I'll watch this one Bob.
 

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Apparently it had been reduced because of the box damage, but the contents are fine.
 

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Be prepared for a less than enjoyable time with that kit Bob. I've built it & the one I had was covered in ejection pin marks. I'd also recommend a replacement barrel from RB Models.
 

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great bargain,Bob,I have built a couple of these,s ,and unlike Patrick,did not get
the ejection pin marks,maybe there was a bad run of them at some stage,:rolleyes:
you should enjoy this one,:D
 

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Interesting model. Hoping for no ejection pin marks on this specimen!
 

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So far so good, got the hull built. There was a lot of flash and/or seams on almost every part. The suspension arms alone took almost 30 mi utes to clean up. :sad:

I will also need to do some filling.

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great bargain,Bob,I have built a couple of these,s ,and unlike Patrick,did not get
the ejection pin marks,maybe there was a bad run of them at some stage,:rolleyes:
you should enjoy this one,:D
After the part heavy Meng King Tiger I fancied a low part, easy build before I tackle the Meng Bradley. :smiling3:
 

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So far so good, got the hull built. There was a lot of flash and/or seams on almost every part. The suspension arms alone took almost 30 mi utes to clean up. :sad:
Not what I would expect from a Trumpeter kit. I have yet to build one, but have bought about ten, and I havn't noticed any flash to speak of on those. Is it likely this was merely a bad batch, or is flash and mold lines to be expected on Trumpeter's kits?
 

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To be honest it's the first trumpeter kit I've bought, so not too sure. I think it dates back to 2005 so maybe they have improved a lot since then?? It's certainly a far cry from the kit I just finished (Meng) but the that's a lot newer.
 

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Told you! ;) wait till you get to the turret! The mantlet is a nasty piece of work :sad:

With regard to Monica's post, I'm fairly sure she built the other Trumpeter KV 2 kit which isn't so bad.

Keep going though Bob!
 

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Will do. If nothing else it will help me learn to pay attention to detail on every part, something I haven't always done on other builds.

Plus it's Russian and WW2 so I can practice getting it rusty. :D
 

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Not what I would expect from a Trumpeter kit. I have yet to build one, but have bought about ten, and I havn't noticed any flash to speak of on those. Is it likely this was merely a bad batch, or is flash and mold lines to be expected on Trumpeter's kits?
Trumpeter are a company of extremes! Some kits are excellent & rival the best of Tamiya. Their T-62, E series of German tanks are all excellent from my personal experience.
But then their flagship kits, like the 1/16 King Tiger is an injection pin nightmare! Many parts are inaccurate & poorly fitting. Not what you'd expect after paying over £200!

Always best to check prior to purchase or be ready for a challenge ;)
 

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Sad to hear. As mentioned, I've yet to start building one, but the following kits I've bought and looked through, and really enjoyed what seemed like virtually flash free sprues:

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All 1:35, spanning the years 2008 - 2013. So maybe this is a case of newer kits having less problems with this, unlike Dragon (and possibly Tamiya?) which does not seem to have had those problems for close to 20 years.
 

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nice progress on this one,so far,looking good,;)
 

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Yep, something along those lines.

Out of interest (if you remember) the part that sits to the side of the drivers periscope is shown in the instructions as sitting in a little slot. However there isn't a slot on the kit. Did you just glue it in the right position or did yours have the slot?

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Yep, something along those lines.

Out of interest (if you remember) the part that sits to the side of the drivers periscope is shown in the instructions as sitting in a little slot. However there isn't a slot on the kit. Did you just glue it in the right position or did yours have the slot?

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I don't think mine had the slot, so I trimmed the part & just glued it in place.
 
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