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Heavy Assault Gun Company (Plastic) (SBX37)

Heavy Assault Gun Company (SBX37)
Includes five plastic ISU-122 or ISU-152 assault guns.

The Soviets used their self-propelled artillery in both the direct fire support and tank-hunter roles. The heavy guns of the ISU-152 could be found supporting assaulting infantry with direct fire. Their ability to instantly destroy bunkers and buildings made them excellent for supporting infantry. The ISU-122 would generally take up positions on the flanks to destroy enemy panzers or anti-tank guns.

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The culmination of Flames Of War’s Late-war period, the Berlin intelligence handbook focuses on the Soviet assault on the German capital city of Berlin, the battles to encircle it, and the final desperate defence by the by the rag-tag German forces.

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Heavy Assault Gun Company (SBX37)
ISU-152

The ISU-152 assault gun was used in the the same was as the earlier SU-152 - a large gun mounted in the hull of a heavy tank. The ISU-152 used the same gun as the SU-152 but was built on the hull of an IS-2 tank instead of the older KV-1.

The main gun used a powerful OF-540 high-explosive shell containing nearly 6kg of TNT, which helped it perform it duties of breakthrough and bunker-busting. The troops greatly appreciated the heavy assault guns, describing them as "Nekrasivo, no spasibo!" ("Not pretty, but thanks!") Over 1,885 ISU-152s were produced during the war. 

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ISU-122
The ISU-122 was identical to the ISU-152 with the exception of the main gun, The ISU-122 used the more powerful 122mm D-25S gun that was more effective anti-tank gun, but also filled the role as an infantry assault gun.
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The ISU in Flames Of War
      Armour
   
Name
Mobility
Front
Side
Top
Equipment and Notes
Weapon
Range
ROF
Anti-tank
Firepower
 
ISU-122 Slow Tank 9 7 2
 
 122mm D-25S gun
32"/80cm
1 15 2+
 Breakthrough gun, Hull mounted, Volley fire.

ISU-152 Slow Tank 9 7 2  
 152mm ML-20S gun 32"/80cm 1 13  1+   Bunker buster, Hull mounted, Volley fire.
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Hull-mounted Guns
Some tanks mount weapons in the front of the hull instead of in a turret to save weight or to make them easier to produce.

A hull-mounted weapon mounted in the front of a vehicle has a 180-degree Field of Fire covering everything in front of a line drawn across the front of the vehicle. If the weapon is mounted at the rear ofthe vehicle, the Field of Fire covers everything to the rear of a line drawn across the rear of the vehicle.
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No Saves from Big Guns
Some weapons are just so powerful that there is no chance of surviving a hit from them. These heavy guns are often mounted in tanks and self-propelled guns designed to break through enemy defensive lines.

Infantry teams, Gun teams, Passengers, and Unarmoured vehicles automatically fail their Saves when hit by a Breakthrough Gun or a Bunker Buster. This does not apply to Artillery Bombardments.

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Heavy Assault Gun Company (Plastic) (SBX37)
Contents of the Heavy Assault Gun Company
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ISU Hull Top Sprue (x5) 
Heavy Assault Gun Company (SBX37)
Hull and Track Sprue (x5)
Heavy Assault Gun Company (SBX37)
Tank Commander Sprue (x1) Decal Sheet (x1)
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Assembling the ISU

Step 1. Begin assembly by gluing the tracks onto the hull. The keys ensure you put the tracks on the correct sides.
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Step 2. Now glue the body onto the hull. 
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Step 3.  Next glue on commander's hatch piece. You can chose between an open or closed hatch.
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Step 4. Time to add the gun. You can chose between the 152mm and 122mm guns. Make sure the gun is completley inside the mantlet, rotate it so the keys line up. Step 5. Glue the gun mount top of piece in place.
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Step 6. Glue the vision port and headlight piece to the front of the body. There is a key to help position it correctly.
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Step 7. Next, glue the superstructure back plate to the body as seen below.
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Step 8. Adding the external fuel drums. The standard layout was two on each side of the hull. But historical photos commonly show vehicles with some or all of the tanks removed, so feel free to leave some off to give your force some variety.
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Step 9. There is also an option to add spare tracks to the front of the hull.
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Heavy Assault Gun Company (Plastic) (SBX37)
 Happy modelling!

~George 


Last Updated On Friday, September 18, 2015 by James at Battlefront