Kit Preview : 1/76 Red Star ISU-152

About the manufacturer
TMP's entry on Red Star Models reads:
"Red Star Models has been in production for over thirty years and is internationally recognised as a leading producer of small scale Military construction kits.
"The kits, cast in polyurethane resin, provide the Collector and Wargamer with models that are accurate, strong, and lightweight. Assembly is quite straightforward using normal model making tools and glues(Epoxy and Super-Glue are recommended).
1/76 SCALE (20-25mm)
WWI (British)
WWII (Polish, Soviet - including railcars and gunboats)
Modern (Chinese, Soviet, U.S.)

My take on them from my three samples are they seem to be fairly crude resin casts. Detail is on a par with Crusader Models and other early wargaming resin pieces. It differs from more current wargaming pieces in that these are multi part kits. If you take them as display models, provided the hull is correct, all details need to be added or reworked. The tracks are one piece without any guide teeth and most the wheels have miscast detailing.

About the vehicle
The Wikipedia entry on the ISU-152 is a good place to start if you want to learn more.
About the kit
This kit is pretty crude by modern standards. The one-piece tracks are passable but the central guide teeth are missing and would require a lot of work to scratch build. The casemate is the wrong shape, being too narrow at the top. The comparison with the Cromwell ISU is clear, the latter being correct. The engine deck is also much simplified as is the gun mantlet. For my part the kit is a write-off. There is no reason whatsoever to prefer this kit to the Cromwell offering. The gun was used on a Cromwell ISU-122, converting it into an ISU-152.

Reviewed on August 20, 2011