Tuesday 28 October 2014

PM-43 120mm Mortar

One of the things common to Warsaw Pact Motor Rifle Battalions is that they all have a mortar battery.  Mostly these are equipped with towed 120mm weapons of a design that - to my eyes at least - hasn't really changed much since WW2. Er, I mean the Great Patriotic War.  Indeed the PM-43 - as I believe this kit to be only began to be supplemented by the 2B6 Vasilek in the 1970s and the 2B11 from 1981.
Not only that, but the essential characteristics of the crew uniforms - helmets and boots - also remained constant.
That being so, I was pleased to pick up this 1/35 scale Zvezda kit rather cheaply.  Now there is often a reason behind the cheapness of cheap kits but in this case only one part was missing - the muzzle of the tube, a replacement was easily fabricated - and parts fit was generally good.
So here it is all ready to paint.  The only bit that shouts 'WW2' is the carriage with it's rather rustic spoked wheels.  I suppose I could replace them - or just not use it at all.
More after it's been attacked by paint.


The Dancing Cake Tin said...

Soviet Forces: maintaining world peace since 1945.

Paul Foster said...

Rustic maybe, but functionable I dare say.

Whats not to like!

Tim Gow said...

Dancing Cake Tin
Oh yes - a peace loving organisation for sure.

Tim Gow said...

Paul Foster
No matter how accurate the models is, it won't make a bit of difference to where the shells land!