Reviewed by Brett Green
"Modelling the IS Heavy Tank" may be ordered online from Squadron.com
The latest in Osprey's new Modelling Series is "Modelling the IS Heavy
Tank" by Canadian modeller Nicola Cortese.
The Iosef Stalin series of tanks were the first Soviet vehicles to
successfully confront the German Panther and Tiger tanks on a one-on-one
basis. Entering Soviet service in 1944, The IS tanks and their tank
destroyer derivatives toiled into the 1960s and 1970s in foreign forces.
Nicola Cortese covers the construction of a good selection of the IS
family in both 1/35 and 1/76 scale. He builds seven models in a range of
skills from intermediate to advanced. The subjects are as follows:
Dragon/DML ISU-152 in 1/35 scale
Dragon/DML IS-2 in 1/35 scale
Trumpeter IS-3M in 1/35 scale
Tamiya IS-3 in 1/35 scale
Tamiya/Cromwell resin ISU-152 Self
Propelled Gin in 1/35 scale
Fujimi IS-2M and IS-2 in 1/76 scale
All the projects are lavishly illustrated with excellent progress photos.
These photos are helpfully captioned, and focus strongly on describing the
many construction, painting and weathering techniques used.
There is a good mix of after-market and scratch built enhancements to the
The book concludes with a summary of references and websites; plus a
single-page colour chart showing some of the commonly used paints used on
the IS family.
I enjoyed the focus on techniques, the high-quality photography and the
impressive standard of modelling in Osprey's "Modelling the IS Heavy
This title will be very useful to modellers of Soviet vehicles in
particular, and armour modellers in general,
whether you work in small scale or in 1/35.
Thanks to Osprey
Publishing for the review copy
|Modelling the IS
(Osprey Modelling 9)
Author: Nicola Cortese
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: June 25, 2004
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1-84176-757-3
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