Saturday, 19 July 2014

Russian SP guns part 2 of 2

And now for the second post featuring the Takara SP guns. This includes the ISU 152 (and three colour schemes produced by Takara) as well as my conversion to make the ISU 122. Also the Takara SU 122.

I have always loved the ISU 122 and 152 and with Flames of War you can use a lot of them so I can indulge my megalomania! I used a wash on all the tanks and a bit of a dry brush and extra 'mud' on the wheels.

Just a historical note for those that aren't already aware. We often refer to the JS 2 tank and the JSU 152 etc., but the Russian spelling of Joseph is actually Iosif and hence IS 2 or ISU 152 etc.

The unit has an IS 2 as a command tank, which is also Takara. Turret number has been added.

I have used all three of the Takara colour schemes, with one company in winter, then other two in green with the camouflaged version as the command tank. I have added some decals to help identify command vehicles. One command vehicle has a Pithead tank commander added.

For the ISU 122 I used the gun from the Takara IS 2 (or JS 2 if you prefer). That was so I got the proper taper on the barrel. I added a brass rod to the gunless turret to make a turret for the IS 85 (or IS 1) - I will do a post on my IS 85 and KV 85 conversions at a later date.

 The SU 122s, with the command vehicle again using a Pithead tank commander figure.

And finally, having used some turrets for KV 85 conversions I was left with some spare IS 2 hulls and I made into an IS-2T (or JS-2T) which is the recovery tractor version used later in the war (originally the Russians would just use tanks where the turret had been damaged and removed, later added a proper cover for the hole). I have more than I need of these so will list them on from time to time (one listed as I post - search for 1/144 JS-2T).

1 comment:

  1. Great work. I'm going to have to try that ISU-122 trick.