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KV-1 Model 1939 Heavy Tank
The first series production batch of KV-1 tank's, sometimes called the KV-1 Model 1939, had the L-11 76 mm gun in a low-slung gun mantlet.
This weapon, developed by the SKB-4 at the LKZ Kirovskiy Plant, did not meet with official approval, and was quickly replaced by the F-32 gun designed by the Grabin artillery design bureau.
The early Model 1939 series-production batch still fielded the pistol port in the front of the driver's compartment, while the late production batch of Model 1939 already used the ball-mount for the 7.62mm DT machine gun mounted in the bow. This addition became standard later.
Early models had a simplified rear-tur­ret machine gun. later the standardised ball-mount was installed here.
In total, some 141 KV-1 Model 1939 were manufactures at LKZ.

Fabric-new late production series on LKZ yard - a fine piece of engineering

Note lubrication cannisters on rear fender

Lubrication cannisters now on central fender

Early production model without front machine gun and with pistol port instead

Early production model without front machine gun and with pistol port instead


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