Finnish ”Klimi” – KV-1 model 1942Finnish Army captured two KV-1 tanks intact during Continuation War. One was model 1941(German designation KV-1 B) and the other was model 1942 with additional armor (Germandesignation KV-1 C). The latter was used in year 1943 to test a set of tank obstacles near Äänislinna (Petrosavodsk). The experiences gathered were used to design more effective tank obstacles for future fortifications. A series of photos taken during the tests gave me the idea to build a model climbing a wooden tank obstacle.Finns called the tank simply Klimi, which is just a Finnish way to pronounce the original Russianname of the tank. The other Klim was known as “Pulttiklimi” (“Bolt Klim” ). Neither of these twotanks was very successful in battle, mainly because of technical problems. There were practicallyno spear parts available, and what was available, had been recovered from destroyed Sovietvehicles. Both tanks for example eventually had two different types of road wheels in use.In the summer of 1944 Klimi belonged to the heavy tank company of the armored divisiontogether with the Pulttiklimi, two T-34’s armed with 76 mm guns, 3 T-28’s and a T-50. The hour of glory of the Heavy Company was its counter attack against a Soviet armored spearheadconsisting of about 30 T-34/85’s that had broken through the Finnish front on June 25,1944 inTali. Unfortunately Klimi had some technical trouble and could not participate in the attack, whichwas done with all the other then available tanks: 1 T-34, 2 T-28’s and the T-50. The order was to“destroy the enemy column”, which, given the disparity both in numbers and in quality, wasmildly put a tall order. But I’ll leave the rest of the story to a later time, when I build one of thetanks that really was there…Anyway, the only recorded case of Klimi in real action, was when it was the lead tank in acounter attack in Ihantala. The plan was very simple: Klimi and a couple of Stug III G’s wouldadvance along a dirt road supported by infantry advancing on both sides of the road. Finns knewthat there were several Soviet tanks in position along the planned route of advance and Klimi was put first because it was hoped that it’s armor protection would be sufficient to sustain hits fromSoviet 85 mm guns.The counter attack started in the cover of a forest but once Klimi cleared the first turn of the roadit came to an open field –and it was promptly hit by three Soviet T-34’s positioned on both sidesof the road some 300 m’s away. Despite of the hits, Klimi was able to reverse back to the cover of the forest. According to eyewitnesses, hatches of Klimi opened and the crew bailed out. Everyman was trying to run as fast as he could to the general direction of “homeland”. Unfortunately theroad was not wide enough for them but the men wondered from one side of the road to the other,even falling occasionally into the ditches on either side of the road. When the crewmembers hadrecovered from the shock, they told the others that the effect of the hits inside the tank had beenlike sitting inside a church bell when it was tolling. Scars that the shells left to the nose of Klimiare still visible today in Parola Museum where the tank is stored.Kit and accessories usedKit used as a starting point for the model is the Eastern Express kit Heavy Tank KV-1 mod 1942early version. The kit is not bad at all, but unfortunately there are a lot of details that are incorrectfor Klimi. The most noteworthy problems are turret and the back part of the engine deck.Purchasing the excellent JS-Models resin turret solved the first problem. The second was solved by buying Pulttiklimi, also from Eastern Express (Heavy Tank KV-1 mod 1941 late version). Thatkit had exactly the right engine deck for Klimi. And the one in Klimi was right for FinnishPulttiklimi –good thinking from the manufacturer!