Kit Preview : 1/76 Red Star ISU-152



About the manufacturer
TMP's entry on red Styar Models reads:
"Red Star Models has been in production for over thirty years and is internationally recognised as a leading producer of small scale Military construction kits.
"The kits, cast in polyurethane resin, provide the Collector and Wargamer with models that are accurate, strong, and lightweight. Assembly is quite straightforward using normal model making tools and glues(Epoxy and Super-Glue are recommended).
1/76 SCALE (20-25mm)
WWI (British)
WWII (Polish, Soviet - including railcars and gunboats)
Modern (Chinese, Soviet, U.S.)

My take on them from my three samples are they seem to be fairly crude resin casts. Detail is on a par with Crusader Models and other early wargaming resin pieces. It differs from more current wargaming pieces in that these are multi part kits. If you take them as display models, provided the hull is correct, all details need to be added or reworked. The tracks are one piece without any guide teeth and most the wheels have miscast detailing.

About the vehicle
The Wikipedia entry on the SU-76 is a good place to start if you want to learn more. Drawings, pictures and 1/35 built models can be found at the following links:
spec data
blueprints
color drawings
vehicle photos
more vehicle photos
1/35 model


About the kit
This kit of the later SU-76 without the cutouts in the fighting compartment rear is downright crude by modern standards. The one-piece tracks are simplified and are missing any guide teeth. Being outside the roadwheels, they are very visible. That and would require a lot of work to scratch build. Replacing the tracks with a set from a Matchbox Panzer II might work, the width is the same at 30cm (source is onwar.com). The fighting compartment is bare and would require scratchbuilding. The gun needs to be unwarped but is probably best replaced.



Reviewed on August 20, 2011