T-34 V-2 Engine & Transmission Set
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||Kit No. 35024; T-34 V-2 Engine & Transmission
|Contents and Media:
||24 parts in light grey styrene
||Injection molded styrene kit, will fit in a
multitude of models
||Will need a lot of TLC as parts are very basic
||Recommended to all Soviet era modelers who want
either an engine in a model or a centerpiece for a maintenance diorama
1/35 scale V-2 Engine Set is available online from
If anyone looks at the IPMS/USA shows over the last few years,
you would notice that some very interesting items have been entered and in one
case won the Best of Show award. These are components of aircraft, cars, ships
or armor, and they are becoming more and more popular. The winner a few years
ago was Curtiss aircraft engines from the 1910s and 1920s in 1/48th scale and
were absolutely gorgeous.
Armor modelers don't usually get into that, even though there are a growing
number of models of engines out there which could have the same techniques
applied to them. It would be interesting to see a set of famous tank engines of
the world, such as the Rolls Royce Meteor, the US Liberty engine, the Ford GAA,
the German Maybachs, and arguably the most famous one of all, the Soviet V-2
In July 1931, the Soviets began work at the "Komintern" Khar'kov Steam
Locomotive Factory to build a high-speed diesel suitable for use in tanks, and
capable of producing 400 BHP. It was to be a water-cooled 4-stroke type with 12
cylinders in a V configuration. The first model of the new engine, derived from
the AD-1 aviation diesel engine and dubbed BD-2 (for "bystrokhodniy disel'" or
high-speed diesel) was ready for testing on 28 April 1933. But it suffered from
frequent breakdowns, and engine lifespans in testing were no more than 10-15
hours. Constant changes and redesign were the word of the day.
In November 1933, a BD-2 was installed in place of the M-5 gasoline engine in a
BT-5 light tank for testing. The "Father" of the engine, I. Ya. Trashutin, even
went to the US to garner some knowledge on improving the engine. More
development took place, and in mid-1937 the engine was finally ready for series
production as the V-2 tank diesel engine, much more reliable and now producing
500 HP. But due to the "Chistka" – great purge, it was not until January 1939
that the engine was finally ready for production. The Khar'kov factory was split
into two sections at that time – Khar'kov Steam Locomotive Factory No. 183 and
Khar'kov Engine Factory No. 75, whose sole function was to make diesel engines.
The engine found its way into a number of tanks – the BT-7M, T-34, T-34-85,
KV-1, IS-2, and IS-3 – in nearly identical configurations. The KV engines were
"tweaked" to 600 HP, but this was too much for the technology of the times and
they suffered frequent breakdowns. The later, more evolved ones in the IS could
reliably produce 520 HP.
The V-2 served as the basis of most of the follow-ons of the late Soviet era and
even today survives in highly modified form as the V-46 and V-84 series engines
in T-72 and T-90 tanks. Counting all of the other variants produced, there are
more than 300,000 armored vehicles that have been produced running a V-2 or one
of its offspring.
Maquette is now offering their version of this famous engine. The kit includes
the basic V-2 engine with all major components, and includes the flywheel,
gearbox, final drives, and engine mounts.
I have not yet figured out the relationship among RPM, Mirage, and Maquette, but
all three of them use the same molds and sprues in different packaging. This
particular item came out a few years back as a special release item for the
RPM/Mirage T-34-85 "Rudy" tank kit, and was the only sprue not included in the
original kit. It is a drop-in for that model (the hull floor has the fittings
for the mounts built in).
The model suffers from a few stray sink marks on it but they are easily dealt
with. It is only the basic block, alas, and does not include any of the piping
or wiring shown on the box top. Unlike the RPM version, it does at least include
instructions for assembly. This art is from one of the service manuals and can
be used to detail the little beast up quite nicely.
As it comes, it can be used in the T-34 or T-34-85 tank, the BT-7M (providing
you rebuild the back of the hull to fit it and narrow the final drives a bit),
and with some work on the transmission, the KV-1 and IS-2/IS-3. The flywheel
combines a fan with the actual flywheel and main clutch plate, so some modelers
may want to try and thin out the fan blades as well; they are quite thick and
could prove hard to deal with in this area.
This way of marketing accessories makes sense to me. It provides an extra-cost
accessory that drops into a model and at the same time doesn't impinge on
modelers who will keep the engine bay closed up. Tamiya and AFV Club should
consider this, as their marketing of some recent kits is a bit shallow in this
area (to wit, the GMC CCKW: the truck is one kit for $39.95, the cargo load is
another for an additional $12, and the machine gun and cab structure is an
additional $9; the latter should have been part of the kit, not an option. The
same with the M10 series kits from AFV Club).
Cookie Sewell AMPS
Review Copyright © 2002 by Cookie
Page Created 29 March, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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