SU-122 “Exploded View”
This is the new MiniArt 1/35 kit of the Soviet self-propelled gun, the SU-122, promoted as the ‘Initial Production’ version in their WWII Military Miniatures Series.
MiniArt have released two versions of the kit, back-to-back – a standard kit, and then the one we find here, with complete interior. A model of more than 800 parts, the kit is not for the faint-hearted. It’s often the case with high-parts armour kits that the parts’ volume arises from the number of individual track links, but this kit has so much packed into it, the track issue is secondary.
To avoid completing all the intricate interior work, only to have it buttoned-up at the end, I’ve opted to suspend the various panels at extreme angles from the main body, which gives it more of an appearance of a piece of abstract art, perhaps, rather than a traditional armour model.
The version modelled is supposedly from the 5th Guards Tank Corps of the Red Army, Voronezh Front, August 1943.
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