by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
IntroductionSelf-Propelled Gun SU-76M was first released about 30 years ago by the now defunct Russian model company Alan. By the kit number 001 I believe it was their first kit. I think it is the first injection-molded 1/35 model of this Soviet SP.
This isn't a normal review. Think of it as more of a public service announcement. It is an abbreviated review of this model that Mr. Cookie Sewell referred to as "a dog" about 15 years ago, although he also highly recommended it for Great Patriotic War modelers. Tamiya and MiniArt now offer a 1/35 SU-76 so this review is mainly for curiosity. I haven't found many reviews of this kit; I took the accompanying photos in 2012 just before I gave the kit away, and have been meaning to put this review on, so here it goes.
The KitIf you find one for cheap or nostalgia, this is what you can expect. First, there are about 400 parts, most of them the individual track links.
Molding was without flash, although you can see some ejector circles and hefty seam lines. (Note the closeup photo of the machine gun.) I read that the parts are fairly thick.
The model has a fair amount of detail. The hull is built up with 11 plates. I count 30 parts to built the 76.2mm gun. Several rounds of ammo are provided, too. Alan included several parts to fit out the fighting compartment. There is nothing inside the driver compartment.
There are 200 track links. I read that the plastic is very easy to damage with model glue.
Decals and InstructionsI recall there being decals for a half dozen or so vehicles. I apologize that I did not make any notes as to the quality of the decals.
There are eight (8) assembly steps, illustrated in exploded style with line art. I think the instructions are effective.
ConclusionAside from Mr. Sewell's review, I have not found any online. After seven (7) years of carrying around the photos, I decided to post this review for those of you who might be debating whether to acquire, or build, this kit. I hope this review is helpful.