Kit Preview : 1/76 Fujimi JS-2m Model 1944
About the manufacturer
Fujimi is the only remaining active major 1/76 plastic injection molded kit manufacturer. They took on the Nitto range about a decade ago and have been rereleasing tehir catalog gradually. Their latest kits include link and length hard plastic tracks. Be sure to check if the kit you are buying has the old rubbery tracks or the new ones. Just a hint: the cheaper ones have the vinyl tracks.
Henk of Holland has a very useful list of all the serial numbers of Fujimi and Nitto kits.
About the vehicle
The Joseph Stalin 2 (JS-2) was a Soviet late war heavy tank. As the T-34 medium tanks were now carrying 85mm guns, heavy tanks had to be upgraded with more powerful armament to justify their cost. The JS-2 sported a 122mmm gun capable of piercing 160mm of armor. It was on a par with Tigers I and II while being relatively more nimble than its German counterparts. One of the tank's drawbacks was the slow loading rate of the gun. The JS-2 model 1943 entered service in early 1944. A later version, also modeled by Fujimi had a modified bow.
Here is review of a vey well done 1/35
About the kit
This is the same content as the JS-2 kit with a revised hull and new decals.
Click here for the JS2 model 43 review.