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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ISU-152






Here are some images of Italeri's 1/35 scale ISU-152 Self Propelled Gun. From Wikipedia "ISU-152 was a Soviet multirole fully enclosed and armored self-propelled gun developed and used during World War II, with a subsequent use, mainly in the Soviet military, till the 1970s. The ISU-152 marks its beginning on January 24, 1943. This was the moment of appearance of the first fighting vehicle of this family. It was designated Object 236 (Объект 236), using the same concept as the ISU-152. The Object 236 was completed in Factory No. 100 in Chelyabinsk, and on the same day, January 24, underwent trials on the Chebarkulski artillery range, 107 km from Chelyabinsk. By the February 7, 1943 the trials were over, passed with success. On February 14 the vehicle was adopted and put on production under the KV-14 (КВ-14) designation. In April 1943 was ordered KV-14 to be henceforth designated SU-152 (СУ-152). In time, the combat performance of SU-152, based on the KV-1S tank, made necessary the modernisation of the vehicle, using the new IS tank as a base. On May 25, 1943, shortly after deployment, the administration of Factory No. 100 ordered the beginning of the SU-152 modernization, which included an increase of the armor protection and other improvements. The development began in July 1943, under the supervision of Joseph Yakovlevich Kotin (the chief designer of Soviet heavy tanks) and G. N. Moskvin as the main designer, and in about a month the first modernized variant was ready. It was designated IS-152 (ИС-152). It underwent factory trials in September 1943, revealing a large number of different deficiencies, which sent it back for further improvement. In October 1943 a second (different) modernized variant was ready, designated Object 241 (Объект 241). It was an improvement over the IS-152. The factory trials began the same month, followed by state trials on the Gorohovetskom test range. On November 6, 1943, an order was issued for adoption of this variant, under the ISU-152 (ИСУ-152) designation, and in December its production began at the Chelyabinsk Kirovsk Plant, replacing the SU-152.

10 comments:

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

Nice Russian gigant monster and nice weathering.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pablo

Pat Tillett said...

This is a great looking model. Different in almost every way.
Really nice job!

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pat - I like winter schemes.

Arkonbey said...

Very nicely done. I think that's the best weathering I've seen on your site. You also depicted the winter whitewash very well.

Russian WW2 tanks always seem so improbable and steampunk to me.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Arkonbey I guess? Hmmmmmmm

William said...

I saw one of these in a museum once and they are brutish in the extreme.

Except the museum was apparently repainting much of is armor and they'd sprayed the ISU-152 with orange primer, so it looked brutish and oddly festive, like a sixty-ton pumpkin.

Warren Zoell said...

Look! An ISU-152! Happy Halloweeeeen! LOL

Anonymous said...

Arkonbey nailed it! Steampunk is a great way to describe this thing. It looks like a machine that would be used by delinqents in an anime show. Anyway. Just imagine being a waffen SS guy in a foxhole with this thing pounding toward you. Very nice winter scheme. Great work.

Dave

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Dave