Panzerstahl PS89006 Russian IS-7 Stalin Heavy Tank (1:72 Scale)
"By powerful artillery fire, air strikes, and a wave of attacking tanks, we're supposed to swiftly crush the enemy."
- Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov
In 1948, the IS-7 heavy tank was developed by the Russian military. Weighing 68 metric tons, thickly armoured and armed with a 130 mm C-70 gun, it was the largest and heaviest tank ever tested by the USSR.
Following factory tests, the prototypes were handed over to the state for further evaluation. During a test run, one of the tanks caught fire. The automatic fire extinguishing system activated twice, but the fire could not be contained. The crew had to leave the tank, and the vehicle was completely destroyed. The plastic fuel tanks, which the designers installed instead of the normal metal ones to save weight, turned out to be the source for an additional fire hazard.
Despite the outstanding performance of the series, the IS-7 failed to receive approval from the State Commission. In addition to a number of failures during the testing phase, the commission determined that the vehicle was too heavy. The attempt to provide the highest level of protection brought the machine to a record 68 tons - instead of the planned 65.5 tons.
"Object 260", as it was originally designated, was never accepted into service. However, in the course of the project designers accumulated experience, and in the later types of Soviet tanks you can see many of the tried and tested to IS-7 components. Although it was in many ways an innovative design, it was never accepted for mass production due to its cumbersome size and the very impractical layout of its fighting compartment.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale Russian IS-7 Stalin Heavy Tank.
Length: 7 inches
Width: 2.5 inches
Release Date: December 2013
Historical Account: "For Stalin" - The Iosif Stalin tank (IS, in Cyrillic "ИС" tanks, meaning the Joseph Stalin tank) was a series of heavy tanks developed as a successor to the KV-series by the Soviet Union during World War II. The heavy tank was designed with thick armour to counter the German 88 mm guns, and carried a main gun that was capable of defeating the German Tiger and Panther tanks. It was mainly a breakthrough tank, firing a heavy high-explosive shell that was useful against entrenchments and bunkers. The IS-2 was put into service in April 1944, and was used as a spearhead in the Battle of Berlin by the Red Army in the final stage of the war.