Armoured Tow Tractor
PST's 1/72 scale
KV family kits are available
online at Squadron.com
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||72037 - Pz.Kpfw.754
72038 - KV-T Armoured Tow Tractor
|Contents and Media:
||173 parts in dark grey and light
grey plastic (for the tank) plus 58 “link and length” sections of track
||Pz.Kpfw. 754 - USD$9.46 from
KV-T - USD$7.46 from
||Crisp detail; no noticeable
imperfections (sink marks, ejector pins etc) on facing surfaces; nice
outline; fine detail for difficult areas such as track guard mounts; some
small parts exceptionally well done; link and length tracks with detail on
both sides; clear instructions; parts included for Pz.Kpfw 754 to be finished
with alternate turrets or even as a standard Soviet vehicle.
||Inaccurate track shoe pattern –
especially on the track “lengths”; track lengths on upper run will make
characteristic “sag” difficult to attain; oversimplified jerry cans;
overstated bolt detail on drive sprockets.
||Recommended to wargamers and
small-scale armour enthusiasts.
PST's latest variations on the theme of 1/72 scale KV tanks are the
German-captured version of the KV-2 and the Soviet tow tractor, the KV-T.
As noted in my review of two other variants during 2001, each small somewhat flimsy box is packed full of parts for the tank
itself, plus an additional sprue with 58 “link and length” sections of track.
The sprues are presented in a piebald combination of greys (no paint required?),
and the production quality is impressive. There is virtually no flash, and no
evidence of sink marks or ejector pins on the facing surfaces of any of the
parts – even the track links!
The main parts are also impressive. The upper hull is a single piece. Detail is
crisp and restrained. The moulded mesh on the rear deck looks great, and the trackguard supports are appropriately fine. The turret features a very subtle
cast texture, and other minor details are equally well rendered. PST has even
represented weld beads on parts including the turret sides.
Roadwheels and idler wheels look terrific, but the bolt detail on the drive
sprocket is somewhat overscale, and the rims of the return rollers are slightly
lop-sided. The jerry cans are also missing their handles.
The construction sequence is typical of Eastern European kits. The lower hull is
multi-part; made up of the floor, sides (with moulded-on suspension arms and
axles) and a separate back plate. Construction is otherwise similar to any other
small scale or large scale armour model.
The Pz.Kpfw.754 includes a new sprue for the turret of the KV-2.
The German-style cupola comprises a few parts on a different sprue that
contains almost all the parts required to build a KV-1 turret. This makes this
boxing great value. The choice can be made between a Pz 753 (KV-1 turret), Pz.
754 (KV-2 turret) or either a Soviet KV-1 or KV-2.
There is no such bonus in the KV-T kit, but the retail price is USD$2.00
cheaper. The parts specific to the tow tractor include the hull cover for the
turret hole, a few boxes and extra fuel drum mounts.
These parts are moulded in a peculiar, semi-transparent plastic.
Track links are the classic good news and bad news. The good news is that the
links and lengths are detailed on both sides, and have absolutely no evidence of
ejector pin or sink marks. This is truly amazing – especially in this scale. The
bad news is that the pattern of the track shoes does not look anything like that
of the KV series. The links are better than the lengths, but they will probably
all look better under a thick coat of Russian mud! This problem is most likely a
result of moulding limitations rather than poor research.
The top track run is supplied as a single length. This will be pleasing for
modellers who do not like individual track links, but will make it more
complicated to achieve the characteristically heavy track “sag” typical of KV-1
and its variants. We can only hope that there are a few extra individual links
to make up the difference if the modeller chooses to bend the styrene upper
track run into a sagged shape.
The instructions are quite adequate. Construction is called out over 11 steps.
Painting instructions are also supplied.
These are very nice additions to the PST range. As noted in earlier reviews,
all these kits demonstrate good detail for this small size.
My minor criticisms are probably all the result of moulding limitations in this
Both of these kits should build up into impressively detailed and accurate
models for display or wargames.
Thanks to Squadron for the review samples.
Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Brett
Page Created 10 February, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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