|KIT:||UM 1/72 Self Propelled Gun Su-100|
|PRICE:||$10.98 (9.96 at Squadron)|
|DECALS:||At least two options|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Includes photo-etched fret|
Once more, I travel the slippery slope of using kit history information.
"In September 1944 they started production of the Su-100. Self-propelled part of the plant was made on the basis of tanks T-34/85 and SU-85. The armored body protected crew and units from the fire of the enemy. The thickness of front armor was equal to 75mm. A turret is immovable; a gun in a turret was limited corners of turn. The ammunition supply consist of 33 rounds. The antiarmor shell of cannon D-10S from the distance of 2 km pierced the armor with the thickness of 139 mm. The machine in weight of 31.6 tons had the maximal speed 50 pm/h. The SPG is powered by 12-cylinder four-stroke diesel V-2-34 engine. The engine power is 500 hp. The crew consist of four members, a commander, a gun layer , a loader and a driver. In total it was manufactured 3037 machines. SU-100 proved to be one of the best anti-tank SPG in Second World War. It was adopted in many countries for over 20 years."
Like I did with the previous T-34 preview, this one is identical in terms of the plastic supplied to the SU-85M kit that was previewed a few months back. The same chassis as given with the SU-85 and T-34 tank variants with the same separate tires on the road wheels and the same small etched fret. The only difference in this and the SU-85M is that it uses a different barrel. A few other parts are not used from the T-34 fret as there is no turret and the fenders are different because of the layout of the upper hull. Same quality molding.
Even the instructions are very much like the SU-85M kit, other than a few changes in part numbers when it comes to the gun to take care of the small differences. Of course, there is a nice decal sheet with markings for two vehicles in overall Soviet dark green. One is #526 as shown on the box art and color diagram on the back of the box. This one is from the Baltic in 1944. The other is white from fighting in Berlin during the last days of the war in 1945. There are also a number of other markings for which there is no info on the instructions.The decal sheet is well printed, matte and has large clear carrier areas that would benefit from a bit of trimming prior to use.
For those building a collection of Soviet armor from the Great Patriotic War, this one is a must for your collection. If you have already done one of their T-34s, then it should be all that easier to build!
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