Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 08:39 PM UTC
Ever since the author, Neil Stokes, tantalized us with advance News of this book, many of us have been waiting in anticipation for details of this, a MAJOR reference source for the Soviet KV Tank. Here they are...
KV Technical History and Variants

The book is written by Neil Stokes and published by AirConnection, Canada

For those who require it, the book carries the ISBN 9780978109127

More than four years in the making, the book is in hardcover format with 560 A4-sized pages. Included in the book are 350 black-and-white photographs and over 300 drawings including 50 pages of 1:35 scale drawings and 12 pages of color profiles.

The book covers all major variants and sub-variants including the KV-1, KV-1S, KV-85, KV-2, KV-8 and SU-152. It draws upon wartime Soviet documents and technical manuals, factory archive material and other primary source references to provide the most in-depth treatment of the KV series ever published.

The majority of the photographs come from private sources and less than 10% have been previously published. They include rarely seen top views, interior photographs of the KV-1 and SU-152, along with previously unpublished photographs providing glimpses of the turret interior on the KV-2.

The book is expected to be available at the end of April, 2010.

The recommended retail price is $129.99 Canadian dollars.

Trade and personal inquiries for the Americas and Asia/Pacific should be directed to AirConnection (LINK) and those for Europe should be directed to AJ-Press AJ-Press (LINK)

As an added bonus, a website has been created containing modeling-related information including kit reviews, lists of available after-market products and tweaks lists. By utilizing the web site to complement the book, the author and publisher can more easily include information about new kits and after-market products as they become available. The website can be seen:


My thanks to Neil for providing us with the detailed information on this welcome release!
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Ah finally the tome hits the shelves! Congratulations Neil! Neil and I are members of Northeast Military Modelers Association (IPMS & AMPS) and we've been friends for ten years. I have seen parts of the book over the years and this is truly the Hunnicutt of KV tanks. In addition to being technically stunning it's rich in history and full of vital information to the modeler. If you would like to attend a seminar by Neil on KV tanks, come to IPMS AMPSEast in September. This will definitely be added to my library ASAP and Neil, I expect you to autograph my copy with a heartfelt inscription! Books are a priceless value. Books are my second hobby after modelling. I'm not one of those end-of-the-world people, but just think - a few huge solar flares could emit a massive electromagnetic pulse, and no more computers, internet, cell phones, or TV. Then it's just you, your models, and your books. Stock up on glue.
MAR 12, 2010 - 07:02 AM
Another reason for wearing a tinfoil hat?
MAR 12, 2010 - 07:06 AM
Another reason for wearing a tinfoil hat? [/quote] Only if you're building an air-o-plane!
MAR 12, 2010 - 07:47 AM
A good reason to drive up to Darien if I'm not at DineAmerica that weekend. I'm very interested. I'm now acquiring a reference work for any major build I do. I'm no longer satisfied with the scanty (and often incorrect) information available on the 'Net, and feel like someone who's always bumming cigarettes from his friends instead of buying his own if I ask too much here. There are things that it's appropriate to ask, but many questions can be answered by a reference work. While this one is going to be too expensive for many, if you plan on building more than one KV tank, it's really a great purchase. I am looking to pick up some Trumpeter KVs cheaply, and if I do, I would like to put a few $$$ to this book.
MAR 12, 2010 - 08:07 AM
Gentlemen, thanks for all the good wishes. Matt, I'm going to hire you as my press agent Yes, I realize the price tag is high and we did everything we could to keep it from going even higher. When all is said and done, you just can't produce a 560-page book with this much material for peanuts. My intent was to provide a one-stop reference for all the KV variants that saw production. That's something that's never been done before and certainly not in English. Combined with the web site that lets me update information quickly and easily when new kits or after-market items are released, it should keep the KV-holics happy for some time to come. Now, back to salivating over the thought of a Trumpeter KV-1S Neil
MAR 12, 2010 - 10:20 AM
Finally! Woohoo!! Pricey? Yes. Am I getting one? HELL YES. -YL EDIT: In all my excitement I forgot to say "Congrats, Neil".
MAR 12, 2010 - 11:30 AM
That's great news indeed. I don't think it's pricy for what it contains. I'm looking forward to get it into my hands and to have a look into it. Hopefully I'll get all the answers I was trying to get answered in vain as yet. Maybe the best way to get to know the whole thing would be to crawl throug the whole interior and to take tank apart as I had the chance to do with a Kingtiger lately, but a well researched book would do nearly the same as well. Many thanks in advance, Neil for having written the book. Arun Bauer
MAR 19, 2010 - 09:13 AM
I'll sure be getting a copy. It will sure take the confusion out of building these beasts.
MAR 20, 2010 - 04:32 AM
I'll have to cut back on beer and smokes to get one of these . Now for your next book - Russian SPGs ( SU85-122 ,ISU 122/152) ?
MAR 21, 2010 - 02:01 PM

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