Monday, December 24, 2012
The latest addition to the 20mm WW2 Spearhead Soviet army (for 1043) is these two SU76 SP guns. The kits are by UM - here is a review of the kits. These vehicles form a light SP regiment supporting a 1943 Russian Tank Corp attack list. I have four on the list but two will do for now.
As with their 76mm guns, these are 'modellers' kits. This kit comes with photo etched detail that simply went too far for me, and I chose to leave most of these parts off. The fit of many of the parts was superb, but I have to confess that this is the first kit set that I have ever assembled that came with individual track links, certainly not this war gamer's ideal solution to accurate track assemblies for AFVs. The last time I assembled individual track links was on the real thing during my army days serving on M113 APCs.
I had always thought of the SU76 as an open topped SP, and so was surprised to see this as a fully enclosed version of the famous vehicle. Having said all of this, they appear to be almost the only 1/72 or 1/76 version of the vehicle available, and I am happy with the end result. Just a couple of 122mm artillery guns to go and the project is pretty much wrapped up (unless I decide to add an aircraft,... or some SU122s, or... oh bother!!).
This is most likely my last post for the year.. whatever your preference for the holiday season, I hope you have a happy and safe one.