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Osprey Modelling Series No.9

Modelling the IS Heavy Tank


Nicola Cortese


S u m m a r y

Publisher and Catalogue Details: Osprey Modelling 9: Modelling the IS Heavy Tank by Nicola Cortese
ISBN: 1-84176-757-3
Media and Contents: Soft cover, 80 pages plus IS Series color guide.
Price: GB£12.99 online from Osprey Publishing
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Interesting modelling projects, subjects, scales and colours; high quality photography; strong focus on techniques; useful and descriptive text;
Recommendation: Recommended to Soviet armour modellers


Reviewed by Brett Green

Osprey's "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 models.

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 TankTank".

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 Heavy Tank
(Osprey Modelling 9)
Author: Nicola Cortese
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date: June 25, 2004
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1-84176-757-3
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