Finally! My second military project is completed! It turns out to be a small diorama, capturing the soviet soldier on maneuver by riding along the SU-122
The SU-122 (SU-122 stands for Samokhodnaya Ustanovka 122 mm) was a Sovietaelf-propelled howitzer used during World War II. The number “122” in the designation represents the caliber of the main armament—a 122 mm M-30S howitzer.
So this is not actually a Tank…it is more known as a Self-propelled Guns (SPG) or assault guns. Assault guns had some advantages over tanks. It has no turret, therefore it made them cheaper to produce. They could be built with a larger fighting compartment and could be fitted with bigger and more powerful weapons on a given chassis. However, without turrets, assault guns could only aim their weapons by turning the entire vehicle, and were thus less suited for close combat than tanks.
This tank is equipped with 45 mm thick armor, 4 crews, 500 hp engine, 55 km/h speed, operational range for about 300 km long.
As for the diorama, it represent some moment in Prokhorovka, July 1943. Just like any other armored vehicle in WW II, soldiers often use them as a ride. Because sometime, it is just a very long journey to get into the battlefield.
It’s been a total fun to build this kit. I tried various kind of new techniques, and I can pretty much accept the end result of it. Still lots of thing to learn though (especially on painting figures). So here’s the rest of the pictures 😀
Hope you’ll like it 🙂
You can witness the WIP here!