Maquette 1/35 D-1 152mm Howitzer

KIT #: MQ35034
PRICE: $
DECALS: None
REVIEWER: Ray Mehlberger
NOTES:

HISTORY


The D-1 howitzer M1943 is a Soviet WWII era 152.4 mm howitzer. The gun was developed by the design bureau headed by F.F. Petrov in 1942 and 1943, based on the carriage of the 122 mm M1938 howitzer (M-30) and using the barrel of the 152 mm M1938 (M-10) howitzer. This new gun had multiple roles: anti-personnel, and anti-fortification.

The powerful and mobile D-1, with its wide range of ammunition significantly increased the firepower and breakthrough abilities of Red Army tank and motor rifle formations. Several hundred D-1ís were manufactured before the end of WWII.

The D-1 had two-part ammunition: the war-head and the powder charge. It could fire the type 530 high explosive, the type 0-530A fragmentation, the F-533 and F-534 fougasse (anybody know what these were?), and the type G-530 concrete coated shell.

Post WWII, the D-1 saw combat in numerous conflicts during the mid-to late 20th century. The long operational history of the D-1 howitzers in national armies of numerous countries is a testimony to its qualities. The gun still remains in service in a number of post Soviet States and some other coutries. The D-1 is widely considered a valuable element of Soviet artillery.

Specifications:

Type: Field Howitzer
Origin: Soviet Union
In Service: 1943 to present
Used By: Countries of the former Warsaw Pact and Soviet Union
Wars: WWII, Arab-Israeli Wars, Vietnam War
Designer: F.F. Petrov
Designed: 1943
Manufactured: No. 9 plant
Number Built: 2,827
Variants: D-15 m1943/85
Weight: 7,936 lbs
Length: 22 ft.
Barrel Length:  Bore: 10ft. 3in.  Overall: 13ft. 10in.
Crew: 8
Shell: 88.2 lbs.
Caliber: 152.4 mm (6 in.)
Breech: Interupted screw.
Recoil: Hydroneumatic
Carraige: Split trail.
Elevation:  Minus 3 degrees to 63.5 degrees.
Traverse: Plus or minus 17.5 degrees.
Rate of Fire: 3 Ė 4 rounds per minute.
Muzzle Velocity: 1,666 ft/min.
Maximum Range: 7.70 miles.
coil Length:    960 to 1070 mm
Firing Height:  1240 mm
Elevation Limits:       -3 + 63 degrees 30'
Firing Sector:  35 degrees
Rate of Fire:   3 to 4 rounds per minute

I got this kit back in 2000 in trade with a modeler in Australia. He sent it just in a cello bag with no box to hold the weight down for postage needed. It is out of production and at the time of itís release was said to be a limited run edition.

THE KIT

There are dark dark green trees of parts in the kit. Both of these trees have the Zvezda brand name on them. So, it is obvious that this kit is a cooperative effort between Maquette and Zvezda. Both brands are based in Russia. There is also a small cello bag full of resin and white metal parts. So, the kit is also a multi-media one too.

Tree letter 'A' of the plastic parts holds the gun trail arms (there are some nasty sinks in these), shovels, and other assorted parts (57 parts here)

Tree letter 'B' of the plastic parts holds the wheels, gun shield, gun barrel (this barrel is excess, as there is a resin one given for this kit), barrel cradle, breech (again, a resin one is given for the kit),2 wood ammo cases, and ammo etc. (57 parts here also) There are 4 ammo powder charges and 2 complete rounds here.

The sinks in the sides of the trail arms look like they will be a real booger to fix. There is rivet detail etc. on either side of this groove that runs almost the whole length of these parts.

A small bag of resin and white metal parts is included. These consist of the gun barrel (two halves), breech, muzzle brake etc. seven resin and four silver metal parts. The metal parts are for the breech block assembly. However these white metal parts are not mentioned on the instruction sheet as being metal ¨ but called out as being resin. Strange!  Also one is not numbered and is the closed door of the breech block.

There are no figures in the kit or any decals. I doubt the weapon ever had any markings on it.

The instructions is a single 8" x 11" sheet, printed on both sides. A short history is given in Russian and English. Six steps ¨ sometimes rather confusing, are given for assembly. No mention is made of the 2 wood ammo boxes and the ammo rounds or how to assemble them. Colors are called out in a short sentence that says 'Over-all khaki green. Sometimes over-painted with white wash in the winter. Camouflage rarely, if ever, used.

CONCLUSIONS

This kit looks fairly good, except for the sinks (mentioned earlier). A gun crew and clearer instructions would have been nice.

Because of its obvious complexity and small parts and the dissimilar materials used to mold the kit, I recommend this kit only to modelers that have a few artillery models under their belts that are multi-media kits with resin and metal parts in them.

 The kit may appear some time on eBay perhaps.

Ray Mehlberger

September 2013

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