Here are some amazing images of the 1/35 scale model the Trumpeter KV-8S heavy tank kit, detailed work by Kyle Nelson.
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The Soviet KV tanks were heavy tanks used by the Red Army during the Second World War. KV stood for Kliment Voroshilov, the Soviet politician and defense commissar. The KV tanks were famous for their heavy armour protection. The KV-1 was invulnerable to most German weapons except the 8.8cm Flak gun, until the Germans developed more effective guns. The KV-1 outclassed the French Char B1, which was the only other heavy tank in service at that time. However, the KV tank had serious flaws: it was difficult to steer, the transmission was unreliable, and the ergonomics were poor. These flaws were rectified with the introduction of the KV-1S, which was lighter and had thinner armour.
The KV-8S was based on the KV-1S and had an ATO-42 flamethrower (improved version of the ATO-41 used in the KV-1 and KV-8). However, after a few years it turned out that the expensive KV tanks could be replaced by the T-34 medium tanks with a better performance. The KV series became a base for the development of the IS tanks (IS stands for Josif Stalin).