However, unlike their biggest British competitor - Armourfast - they are not so over-simplified that they are of no use whatsoever to the modeller who is looking to build a historic piece. In fact, they are - in my opinion - a terrific starter kit for beginners like myself as they offer great value for money and moderate detail.
Anyway, let's take a look at what you get in the box...
|Admittedly, I started putting one of the hulls together already...|
|The upper hull of the ISU. As you can see - or not! - the panel line detail|
is a bit weak in some areas. But it's not bad for a 'quick build'.
You are fooled into thinking there are more parts than there actually are because - remember - there are two tanks included in this kit. Additionally, one of the nice things about this set is that you can build either the ISU-122 or the ISU-152 - the difference being the calibre of the gun.
Historically this means you can build a tank destroyer representative of tanks which took part in campaigns from the later part of World War 2 to the Arab- Israeli wars and even a few were used by the Iraqi Army during the first Gulf War! That's quite a time span and a lot of options to be able to play with!
|"Both Egypt and Syria had a battalion of ISU-152 in the 1973 war, although they|
didn't see action particularly. [Apparently]...the Egyptian ones were dug-in on
their side of the Suez and may have been encountered in the latter
stages by roving IDF forces." [Source: Tank Net]
The example depicted in the Osprey book has a rather nice three-colour camouflage scheme in sand, dark-green and red-brown...Ideal for my airbrush practise!
|This very nice model of the Egyptian ISU-152 is by Jari Hemilä and is|
featured over at the Missing-Lynx discussion group.