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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

First Batch of Soviet ISU 152s/122s + IS-2 Command!

This is my first batch of Heavy Assault Guns.  At the last minute i decided to magnetize the guns.  I have 8 more to do, so I'll take more pictures of that process and post a brief tutorial.  I am really happy with how these guys came out!  The models were quite easy to work with, and I am a huge fan of the exaggerated details on these guys.

ISU-122 From Wikipedia

The ISU-122 was used as a powerful assault gun, a self-propelled howitzer, and a long-range tank destroyer, the same as with the SU-152 and ISU-152 heavy self-propelled guns in general. However these vehicles differed in their combat use. The primary application of the ISU-122 was as a tank destroyer, while the SU/ISU-152 tended more towards the assault gun role. With the same hull as the IS-2 the ISU-122 had good armour performance but more importantly very good performance with high-explosive rounds. The 121.92-mm gun had great potential, although the gun's abilities were somewhat reduced by the available projectiles and its lack of accuracy. In 1944 the BR-471 was the sole armour-piercing round available (the Germans had armour piercing rounds also, including ballistic nose and sub-caliber variants). An improved version, the BR-471B (БР-471Б) was developed in early 1945, but was available in quantity only after World War II ended. In extremis the ISU-122 engaged enemy heavy armour with OF-471 (ОФ-471) high explosive projectiles. These shells had a mass of 25 kg, a muzzle velocity of 800 m/s, and were equipped with a 3 kg TNT charge. Mechanical shock and explosion was often enough to knock out enemy AFVs without any armour penetration.
For urban combat ISU-122's were utilized as assault guns, but with a lower efficiency in comparison to the SU/ISU-152. In general Red Army commanders viewed the ISU-122 as a good assault gun. The OF-471 projectile was powerful enough against unprotected and entrenched infantry, pillboxes, and fortified buildings. In urban combat the long barrel of the 121.92-mm cannon sometimes made maneuvering difficult.
Wikipedia contributors. "ISU-122." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 28 Nov. 2011. Web. 8 Feb. 2012.

I love the Battlefront IS-2 model.  Just look at this thing in all its majesty.

ISU-152 From Wikipedia
The ISU-152 self-propelled gun combined three battle roles : heavy assault gun, heavy tank destroyer and heavy self-propelled artillery. The 152.4 mm gun used a number of powerful (shell and charge) ammunition. Some of these ammunition had a 43.56 kg high-explosive shell, or a 48.78 kg armor-piercing shell, or the heaviest of all, the 53-G-545 (53-Г-545) long range concrete-piercing ammunition with a 56 kg shell. The ISU-152 was used for infantry and tank support, and attack on fortified positions in a direct fire role, for support on the battlefield in an indirect fire role, and for fight against tanks with a direct fire.
Wikipedia contributors. "ISU-152." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 31 Jan. 2012. Web. 8 Feb. 2012.

Quick picture showing the magnets:


Neal Smith said...

Magnets FTW!

SteveR said...

I drilled a hole for a 1" wire into the hull and then pin vise drilled a hole into the barrel and just use gravity to hold the switched out guns.

Lee Hadley said...

I used a lot of these neodymium magnets on my turreted vehicles. The only problem I have is sourcing the right ones. I've bought several sets online only to find the sizes are a little big or a little too small. Like Goldilocks I need then just right....(ahem. sorry, lunchtime beer kicking in). The best set I ever bought was from Hasslefree as they were quite thin but really strong.

jmezz382 said...

Awesome work ... look fantastic !

JMHahn said...

Lunchtime beer...huh. I think I'd get fired for that here in the State's

Joyous_Oblivion said...

Awesome work! K&J Magnetics is what I've use for all my magnetizing needs for a few years now. Great selection and awesome prices.

Hatchitt said...

I agree with Joyous_Oblivion. K&J magnetics have everything you can think of and their prices are awesome! I have only bought from them too. I magnatized my planes to the FoW flight stands without any trouble at all.

xenite said...

Yeah, K&J is the best for magnets:

Great stuff with the assault guns! They terrify me.

locker.wheelie said...

Very nice.

Do the models come with the machine guns or did you buy those separate?

indierockclimber said...

It came with them in the blister.

cbaxter said...

very nice work

SinSynn said...

Those are scary.

But darn nice looking.

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