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Aurora (Atlantis) 1/48(?) Stalin III


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This is a real not-so-golden-oldie. The original kit dates from the early 50's, but this is the Atlantis re-release. It's not up to the standard of their M-46, but it's a fun build. Forget accuracy. Other than getting the general shapes correct, all the detail is missing and/or wrong. However, in their defense, they did not exactly have access to detailed drawings and photos at the time, only blurry images taken by military attaches at parades. The Russians never used the Stalin III in its intended role. Closest it got was its use on the Chinese frontier as a dug in pill box. Shortly after the war, it morphed into the T-10 and then the T-10M. It did scare NATO into developing the British Conqueror and the US M-103 to counter it. It was used in action in the Near East and in the Indo-Pakistani wars. This is it OOTB with the exception of replacing the grab handles on the turret as they are such a prominent feature and I also added the retainer straps, end handles and filler caps on the fuel tanks as they were pretty bland without them. The track sag is not an attempt at realism, but rather was needed as the tracks are too long, so I had to take up the slack somehow. 

 

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Love your postings.  They bring back so many memories.  Nice to see the old kits built to this level.

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