Tamiya SU-122, pretty old kit. I started making it with the flow of the Soviet Army infantry figure that I made last time.
I plan to use this track of the AFV Club T-34. This is a package photo, I noticed the turret is facing backward.
The filing of the parting line of these tires, the number of the road wheels is only 5 for one side, not a big deal.
The belt caterpillar of Tamiya gets rounded when wrapped around, I think that there is no way because it is an old kit. There is no sense of many plates jointing one by one. The appearance of the tracks dramatically increases after changing to the AFV Club or the third party kit.
The belt type caterpillar mold is not bad, anyway, I will change it for the plastic track parts of the AFV Club. There are no molds on the back side. The real tracks are also such a feeling.
We can select the spare fuel tank is attached or only the mounting bracket to the tank. At first, I was planning to use the mounting bracket and I shaped the parts, but my mind changed to use all the fuel tanks.
I do not know the mold well because the injection plastic color is dark.
I think that the caterpillar track has an angle of next to each other and it’s realistic. I think there is the option to use the caterpillar sold separately if budget permitting because it is not so high price.
The figure is not fixed to the tank, but the angle of the hatch has adjusted to the figure pose and glued.
I usually coat under gloss black recently, since it is difficult to control gloss and matt, I painted with flat black from the beginning. I noticed that I forgot to make tow ropes at this time.
The attached Russian tank soldier after blowing the surfacer. The head changed, it is an old kit, but it’s not too bad.
The basic color of the dark green paint, the airbrush with a few levels of light and shade.
I think that the SU-122 is a thick barrel and quite strong, but because it is a howitzer, SU-85 and SU-100 seem to be stronger in terms of anti-tank battle ability. The SU-122’s main task is attacking the enemy’s position and to support infantry’s firepower. Tamiya’s package was written as a “storm attack gun” in Japanese and I thought it was some amazing weapon when I saw it when I was an elementary school student.
The chassis is similar to T-34/76, so the performance of running in the mud is outstanding. The maintenance was done easily compared with German tanks. I wonder the ride quality was not so good.
It is said that the German type III self-propelled assault gun was successful as a weapon and SU-122 was produced in reference to this German tank. Because the SU-122 has the width of the caterpillar and tilted armor, the performance is better than the German type III. Operated by 5 crew. There are reserve fuel tanks to extend the mileage 300 km and the maximum speed was 55 km. The total number of production was about 1,200.
It is a tank with a considerably low height. I think the odds of being found by the enemy are quite low.
I made the headlight with clear resin.
The tank crew figure is painted with a brush with enamel paint. I used oil color paint only a part of the face.
The platform on which the tank soldiers can be placed is set in the tank and it comes out of the hatch with exactly just height.
The German type III assault gun has a shape with many vertical and horizontal lines with a design concept similar to Panzerkampfwagen III. This SU-122 which diverted the chassis of T-34 uses tilted armor and enhancing defense power.
Recently these are old overseas drama, now I am addicted to “Battlestar Galactica” and “Walking Dead”. The character of Galactica’s doctor is very funny and cool, I like him very much. I am in the middle of Season 2, anyway, it is one of the masterpieces. I think you can enjoy it even if you are not SF fan.
It is assembled without taking much time as there are few parts. Although it is an old kit, I think that there are many who made it because Tamiya sold this kit with a weathering painting set for a while. The work of fitting the polyester cap on the wheel was strangely nostalgic. I remember the time when I was a boy. In fact, recently, I’m making many quite old kits.