Thursday, March 21, 2019

Zvezda 1/100 ISU-152

     Continuing in my effort to get caught back up on my kit reviews I built the Zvezda SU-152. This monster filled a dual-role in the Soviet arsenal; it excelled at smashing bunkers and functioned very well as a "Big Cat Killer" being able to take on Tigers and Panthers with a decent chance of success. The model is molded in hard green plastic that takes detail very well. The level of detail n this kits is very good; delicate and in proportion. It took me about ten minutes to assemble this kit. One thing that I would like to point out when building a very precise snap-together kit is that you need to pay very careful attention to removing the the flow channels that connect the part to the sprue. Even a tiny bit of left over plastic can cause the parts to fit unevenly (we won't talk about the events that brought me to that Epiphany). Just be sure that you have the sprues trimmed back and flush before you start assembly.
      This kit was kindly provided for review by Michigan Toy Soldier Shop and is available to purchase either in their store or through their website

the back of the box, featuring the usual ultra-complicated assembly instructions

contents of the box, 
these bags seem to have appeared about the same time as the disappearance of the game-card

the sprues, cleanly cast with no flash and only barely-discernible mold-lines

oh, and cast with lots of delicate detail

I haven't seen a metal kit with anything approaching this level of detail

the track-faces are very basic but the suspension and road-wheel detail is fabulous

assembly, step one lower hull and suspension units

these parts fit very tightly but I glued them anyways

step two: the extra fuel-drums, carefully trim back the sprue attachment points

on end of the fuel drums has detail, I placed these ends facing outward
the plastic scars white when you trim it but it cleans up easily with an X-Acto blade

another set of parts that fit very well and tightly, but I glued them all the same

just a touch of liquid cement after they are placed on the model does the trick nicely

step three, the superstructure
only four parts here but be sure to trim these carefully before assembly

just a side note here, take a look at the detail of the bolts on the gun-mount
 and remember that this is 1/100 scale, truly impressive

three sub-assemblies ready to go, stack them like cake layers and you are done

massive and powerful-looking it captures the feel of this giant 

I might just add the handrails along the upper side of the superstructure,
I'm a nerd like that

          For anyone looking to add some heft to their late-war Russian forces this is just the ticket. A great looking model at a very reasonable price that builds in minutes and a robust and durable gaming model.

     Very Highly Recommended!

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