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In-Box Review
KV-II
KV-II
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]

Introduction

AFV Club have opted to tap into a potential market for young modellers and the toy market with the release of two kit offerings aimed very firmly at these areas. Normally Armorama would not cover this type of product to any great extent, but as AFV Club has sent samples of these kits for review and as they may help to attract youngsters into the fold, these kits are worth taking a look at as gateway models. The second offering from AFV Club in this style is a KV-II.

Contents

The model is packaged in the typical AFV Club packaging. The contents break down as follows;
3 green sprues
The turret
1 black sprue
A decal sheet
A flywheel motor
An instruction booklet

Review

The mouldings supplied with this model are of the usual standards we have come to expect of AFV Club and so no issues to worry about here. The model is a caricature of a KV-II and not a scale model in any way, shape or form, but it is easily identified as a KV-II due to the way the model has been approached.

Assembly of the model is snap fit, but I suspect some glue will be a good thing to use in certain areas of the model such as the lights. These models are easy kits to build as construction is complete in only five stages. AFV Club has included alternate parts that will allow youngsters to use their favourite figures with the model, the one that stands out to me is a mount for LEGO figures.

The model has been moulded in colours and that means a youngster would not have to paint it. In this case a green body with black tracks. The decals are water transfers and not self-adhesive offerings and so will introduce the youngster to this aspect of models. The flywheel motor should help to maintain a youngster’s interest in the model.

Conclusion

This kit of the KV-II is not aimed at the serious modeller in any way, but if you have a youngster that you want to get interested in models, this kit is a worthy offering to give thought too.
SUMMARY
Darren Baker takes a look at the AFV Club offering of a KV-II caricature. this is aimed at introducing children to the hobby and as a toy.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: WQT002
  PUBLISHED: Jan 21, 2016
  NATIONALITY: Russia
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.28%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.54%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70’s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70’s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

Hi Darren, what's the approx. size of this kit ?
JAN 21, 2016 - 08:48 AM
That's a very good question.
JAN 21, 2016 - 10:49 AM
I like that this has been molded to accept Lego figures. We have those all over the house, and it may get the attention of the other kids.
JAN 21, 2016 - 03:23 PM
I found this photo from a blog that was posted on AFVClub's Facebook page:
JAN 22, 2016 - 01:18 AM
Gang, we need to applaud this sort of thing, lest the hobby die when we graybeards go.
JAN 22, 2016 - 04:00 AM
Makes me wonder if a caricatures campaign might be in order. I know there are quite a few options for aircraft available from Japan, and probably no small number of armor ones as well.
JAN 22, 2016 - 11:49 PM
I have been debating about an "Egg II" campaign considering there are now a LOT of Egg Planes (to include several that are finally re-released), tanks, a truck, and ships. Oh Darren, to say these are not for "serious" modelers is unfortunate. These types of kits are fun, quick, and did you realize there is a company that makes resin updates for the Egg Planes? That Fuji has PE and wooden decks for their Chibi ships? Serious modelers can have fun with these which is what they're about. Mike
JAN 23, 2016 - 03:30 AM
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