A couple of years ago I ordered some ZSU-57-2s from S&S Models (product located here), with the intention of painting them up in a way that would let me us them as a support element for a range of forces.
|Note that there are only four road wheels, as opposed to the T-54's five.|
Recently, as part of an effort to finish off a number of projects that have been left half done on my work bench, I decided that they would be the next models to complete.
|I gave the crew a mix of brown and black headgear.|
The resin turrets, hulls, and track sides cleaned up nicely and the white metal components were nice casts with a minimum of flash to clean.
Despite having been replaced in Soviet service by the ZSU-23-4 Shilka in the early 1970s, the ZSU-7-2 soldiered on in other armies. The Wikipedia page here
has information on both previous and current operators.
Of course, in addition to the obvious Anti Air role, the ZSU-57-2 is capable of engaging ground targets. I suspect that will be their major employment on the tabletop as the twin 57mm guns look to be useful against targets such as soft vehicles, and troops occupying buildings. This fire support role was their main use during the wars in Yugoslavia (click here
for the history of the ZSU-57-2 in Yugoslavia).
|The business end of a pair of ZSU-57-2s.|
Now that these have been completed, I will need to find another project to finish so that I can continue procrastinating about painting figures for Volley and Bayonet.