SU-122 Self-Propelled Gun

Manufacturer: Eastern Express (Kit #72015)

This kit is an example of a model that takes a little extra work to complete, but the final result is fantastic. The model is fairly typical of kits coming out of Eastern Europe these days, in that it is a highly detailed model, but the engineering is not quite as good as that exibited by such companies as Hasegawa or Revell.

Some of the difficulties with the kit:

Some highlights of the kit:

The model comes with the decal sheet intended for the SU-85 kit by the same company. Although they have abundant carrier film, they look very thin and well printed. The sheet contains a mix of slogans and numerals, but I'm not sure which, if any, are appropriate for this vehicle. I chose to model an unmarked vehicle from the battle of Kursk, and painted it with Acryl Soviet Green, which was very dark. Next time I use this color, I will try to lighten it up a bit first.

Considering the beautiful model that results from the little bit of extra work, as well as the fact that this is the only plastic SU-122 available in 1/72nd (Al.By makes a nice resin kit), I highly recommend this kit.

Please refer to the Modeling the T-34 article for additional information about this kit. A Preview of the unbuilt kit is also available for viewing.

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