Continuing the theme of ludicrous looking AFVs, the Soviet KV-2 was an early War monster.
Let’s take a look at another tank who’s design aesthetic was inspired by Warner Brothers.
Previously I posted about the KV-1 tank. The KV-2 was substantially the same machine with the same strengths and weaknesses. But the Soviets wanted something that could stand at the front and outfight fortified bunkers. While the KV-1 was armored well enough, it lacked for high angle, high explosive fire. So that is exactly the weakness the KV-2 was built to fix. It was armed with a 152mm howitzer and sacrificed nothing in terms of armor thickness.
So the good news was, it could do exactly what it was designed for; waddle up to an enemy field fortification and reduce it to rubble. But the bad news, no surprise here, it was even less mobile and less reliable than its KV-1 stablemate. In particular, the weight of the turret was so great it could only rotate on level ground.
Keep in mind this was never meant for high speed, open ground type operations; that’s what a T-34 was for. When Germany launched Operation Barbarossa in June of 1941 the Soviets found themselves in a highly fluid defensive campaign that the KV-2 was not well suited for. It was never meant to be a main battle tank and as such was never produced in mass numbers, but rather as a supplement alongside the KV-1. As such, only 334 were built before the factories were relocated to avoid the Nazi onslaught. When those factories resumed operations from beyond the Urals they focused on other, more useful designs.
By the time the Soviets needed such heavy armor again in 1944 they had newer, more capable designs.
As an aside, most other combatants expected specially trained *skilled* troops to do this sort of bunker busting (ie. combat engineers). Specialized weapons ARE a part of that formula, but the Soviets were largely opposed to such *elite* type training and instead sought a bigger stick. Sorry, that’s just my editorial opinion on this.
This is the Tamiya kit.