Zvezda 1/72 Soviet 122 mm Howitzer

KIT #: 6122
PRICE: $4.95 SRP
DECALS: None supplied
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken


122 mm howitzer M1938 (M-30) was a Soviet 121.92 mm (4.8 inch) howitzer. The weapon was developed by the design bureau of Motovilikha Plants, headed by F. F. Petrov, in the late 1930s, and was in production from 1939 to 1955. The M-30 saw action in World War II, mainly as a divisional artillery piece of the Red Army (RKKA). Captured guns were also employed later in the conflict by the German Wehrmacht and the Finnish Army. Post World War II the M-30 saw combat in numerous conflicts of the mid- to late twentieth century in service of other countries' armies, notably in the Middle East.

This is another of Zvezda's war gaming kits and this time it is in 1/72, something appropriate for figures and apparently field pieces. This set includes a pair of figures to be set on the base along with the gun. The base is actually quite large and the gun's wheels and trails will fit into pins and slots on the base. There are also areas for the crew figures to fit. There is a hole in the back of the base for the ID flag that is included with the set.  As with others in this series, there is a movement card. e five figures are various poses and the sprue contains several stands. There are ones for an individual figure as well as one for all five. This particular base also has a banner, which I suppose not only facilitates movement, but also allows some sort of identification to be placed on it.

Instructions are provided and there is some painting information on the back of the box, which basically shows several views of a completed kit. As with many of these items, there are no decals.


This kit is part of a number specially done for Zvezda's 'Art of Tactic' game system. It should make into a very nice and quickly built model in its own right and is really perfect for new modelers thanks to its snap construction.



March 2011 

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