IS-2 model 1944 - Russian Heavy Tank, 1944
By 1943, the Red Army's KV-1 and its derivatives were seen as completely inadequate for the role of a front line tank, as new advancements in German armor at the time such as the Panther and Tiger tanks outmatched anything the soviets had. Various designs, from the experimental KV-13, to the stop-gap KV-85, culminated in the IS-1, which housed a 85mm gun in the same turret from the KV-85 on an enlarged hull similar to the KV-13. With the introduction of the T-34-85 with the same 85mm gun, a call was made to up-gun the IS-1, which resulted in the IS-2 mounting a massive 122mm naval gun, and used two piece ammunition. Extremely effective against fortifications and tanks alike, the new tank brought serious firepower to the battlefield, and could take on anything the German army had. The only thing slowing it down were the lengthy reload times of the gun, and a bizarre lack of an anti-ditching log. The tank was produced in the thousands and proved a valuable asset for the rest of the second world war in breaking through German lines.
This brick-built version of the IS-2 model 1944 brings this formidable heavy tank to life, and features carefully replicated angles, fully rotating turret with elevating and depressing main gun, and a sturdy construction.
Minifig not included