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JS-2 Stalin Model 1943
Russian Late-War Heavy Tank

Italeri 1/72 Scale (Special Value Pack)

Reviewed by Glen Porter


Stock Number and Description Italeri No 7040 JS-2 Stalin
Scale: 1/72
Media and Contents: 146 olive drab plastic parts on three sprues plus a second “Fast Assembly Kit” with 11 parts on one sprue, decals for three vehicles, a 5 page fold-out instruction sheet with history, parts plan, 9 build diagrams, 2 pages of paint/decal instructions and a special “Fast Assembly Kit” build diagram.
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: A new tool by Italeri, very detailed, quite accurate with link and length tracks and separate hatches on the turret. A complete extra wargamer’s “Fast Assembly Kit”.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


The JS-2 was a Soviet response to the appearance of German heavy Panzers on the Eastern Front, and the failure of the KV tanks due to reliability problems. First issued in 1943, it was quickly realized that the stepped front plate represented a weak point for late-war German anti-tank guns and the 1944 model was produced with a straight front plate with no step. This model, however, has the stepped front plate of the 1943 model JS-2.

This is a new moulding by Italeri and not one of the ex-Esci kits that Italeri has recently been re-releasing. This is evidenced by the inclusion of a wargamer’s “Fast Assembly” kit which Italeri has only done with their own mouldings.


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The "Fast Build" wargamer's kit

PST also produce a 1/72 scale JS-2 and although I haven't seen it, I am reliably told that this Italeri kit has a more accurate turret shape and better tracks and wheels. Quite frankly, with link and length tracks, separate tools, open hatches and no flash I could find nothing worthy of criticism. The front plate and turret sides and back have a very convincing cast texture and the pioneer tools, and grab handles are suitably thin.

Decals, by Zanchetti Buccinasco of Milan, offer three pairs of turret numbers for two vehicles in Russia, 1944 and one in Berlin during 1945. One of the tanks in Russia with white 222 on the turret has an interesting camouflage scheme of overall Russian Armour Green with Sand and Dark Brown wavy lines top to bottom of various thicknesses. The other two are in overall Russian Armour Green. A fourth vehicle is also included in the overall green with no turret number, Berlin in 1945. All the paint colours quoted are Model Master which is normal for Italeri.

This looks to me to be a very good kit indeed. As an avid Braille Scale Armour modeller I can only look forward to what else Italeri might serve up.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Italeri for the review sample.

Text by Glen Porter
Page Created 25 July, 2006
Page Last Updated 13 August, 2006