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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 12:29 AM UTC
Tamiya has sent Armorama news of the latest model they have in the offing, a Russian Self-Propelled Gun SU-76M. This offering is a 1/35th scale offering and does include a crew.
In many ways Soviet Russia was under-prepared for the Axis invasion of June 1941. One telling deficiency was in self-propelled guns that could take on German armor. This remained unaddressed right through the autumn of 1942, when the blueprints for the SU-76 self-propelled gun were finally laid down. The SU-76 eventually became the SU-76M, a vehicle that would become the second-most produced Russian armored vehicle in WWII after the T-34. The SU-76M used a ZiS-3 76.2mm gun variant, and could vanquish most types of German tank.

It featured a hair-raising open-topped fighting compartment that, while it allowed better communication and visibility on the battlefield, left its crew poorly protected from shrapnel and the harsh climate. Nonetheless, it proved excellent on poor surfaces, where - unlike tanks - it could keep up with infantry in a vital support role.

The Tamiya model faithfully captures all of the fine details of this WWII offensive weapon with ALL NEW tooling and research.
Specifications
Newly-tooled 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 146mm, width: 78mm.
The distinctive SU-76M form with open fighting compartment is accurately captured.
Interior details such as the fighting compartment bulkhead and internal armor are authentically depicted.
76.2mm gun features parts recreating recoil mechanism, recuperator, operation handles and more, for a highly detailed finish.
Track top sections are constructed using the aid of a kit-included jig.
Parts are included to recreate 2 shell types.
Includes 2 marking options and 3 figures.
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Can't wait for this kit to hit the market. The figures even look good, all I will have to do is replace the heads.
DEC 15, 2015 - 01:57 AM
wmm... the price may be around 4500JPY $38?: product list price(w/o Tax) release JPY/USD USD?  Elefant 4800JPY Jul/2012 79 $61 EasyEight 4400JPY Nov/2015 121 $36
DEC 15, 2015 - 08:30 AM
You may have made a mistake. I believe the new Easy Eight had a list price of 3600JPY, the cost of the reboxed Fine Molds kit is closer to the 4400JPY figures you mentioned. That said, the SU-76m may indeed cost more than the Easy Eight despite its size.
DEC 15, 2015 - 10:16 AM
Don't forget the $40 or so dollars for the obligatory Friules, if they will fit on the Tamiya model.
DEC 15, 2015 - 08:49 PM
I don't think this kit needs WM track. The Injection moulded Link and length already seem nicelydetailedwith appropriate sag whilst being easier to assemble the Friul.
DEC 16, 2015 - 05:28 AM
I don't think this kit needs WM track. The Injection moulded Link and length already seem nicelydetailedwith appropriate sag whilst being easier to assemble the Friul.[/quote] I imagine you are correct. The L&L tracks on the Tamiya Pz IIA/B/C took only a little fiddling to look good; all in all probably less effort than making runs of wire pin tracks. KL
DEC 16, 2015 - 07:14 AM
Oh. I thought those were bandies in the pic. So just $30 for a PE set; turned barrel; Hornet heads; etc; etc...
DEC 16, 2015 - 09:05 PM
Even an Afghanistan one (just take into account that the pictured one is a late model with a different armored gun compartment) H.P.
DEC 16, 2015 - 09:38 PM
Here are some images I took while I was in Japan for the Tamiya World Championships and Tamiya Fair.
DEC 16, 2015 - 10:52 PM
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