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IS-3 "Stalin" - Plastic
The IS-3, a heavy tank, developed at Experimental Plant No.100, under
the leadership of M. F. Balzha in 1944-45, was the latest Soviet tank
developed in the course of the Great Patriotic War.
A special commission
was formed in 1943 to analyse the reasons for the horrible losses suffered
by the Soviet military tank units in the Battle of Kursk (6064 machines
were lost during the 38 days of battle). Based on the commission's
proceedings and on the IS-2, a new heavy tank, the IS-3 was designed,
this tank was considered a breakthrough design. Its hull was welded
from rolled steel armour plate with the maximum possible slope on the
front glacis plate. The tank was also provided with a cast gun turret,
having the shape of a flattened hemisphere, which gave it a more streamlined
appearance. The thickness of the frontal armour was increased considerably,
owing to a reduction of armour thickness in other less vulnerable areas.
Thus, the frontal armour plates of the hull were 120 mm thick, while
the front of the gun turret was 230 mm thick. Having the same overall
weight after the modifications, the tank had 1.5 times less frontal
area. In addition this tank was equipped with a commander's control
system for gun turret rotation.
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