The Russian army utilized the JS-2 heavy tank chassis to create the JSU-152 t, which opposed German tanks such as the Tiger I. The heavy self-propelled gun first entered into battle at Kursk in 1943. The JSU-152 featured improved armor protection and a simple superstructure, in which the ML-20S 152mm Howitzer resided. The Howitzer could fire the same ammunition as other guns. From up to 700m away, the Howitzer could provide direct fire and from up to 15km away the vehicle could provide indirect fire. The heavy shells could penetrate 120mm armor at a distance of 1km and destroy concrete walls up to 300m thick. In September 1943 mass production began on the JSU-152. In the summer of 1944 the JSU-152 entered its first official battle during Operation Bagration. The JSU-152 earned the nickname “Zveroboy (beast killer)” due to the vehicle’s ability to destroy Tiger I and Panther tanks. The JSU-152 also greatly contributed to the Russian victory at the Battle of Berlin. Over 4,075 JSU-152 were built during WWII and over 5,000 were produced after WWII and posed a threat to the West until the 1970s. Length: 258mm, Width: 92mm. The dynamic form of the tank along with its 152mm howitzer has been realistically reproduced in 1/35th scale. Mantlet and front hull feature realistic cast metal surface texture. Hatch can be assembled in either open or closed position. Loader’s hatch is movable. Realistic separate type resin tracks and belt type tracks included. Photo-etched engine grilles enhance realism. 4 types of markings included. Decals and photo etch parts included. Assembly, cement, and paint required.