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203mm Howitzer (SU591)

203mm Howitzer (SU591)

203mm Howitzer (SU591)
Includes two multi-part metal 203mm Howitzers with crew, two large bases and one plastic base-plug sprue.

One of the heaviest artillery pieces available to the Red Army in the street-to-street fighting for Berlin was the 203mm obr 1931 howitzer. Weighing 19 metric tonnes, it was mounted on its own special tracked carriage.

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Berlin: Soviet
By April 1945 the Soviet Red Army had pushed to the Oder River, just on the doorstep of the German Capital, Berlin. On 16 April 1945 the Soviets launched the Berlin Offensive across the Oder.

However, the Germans had not been idle and withdrew from the Oder River and took up positions on the Seelow Height on the most direct route to Berlin. Eventually the Soviet weight of numbers and firepower told and three German were thrown back from the Oder.

Berlin: Soviet

It fired a 203mm (8') high-explosive shell weighing 100kg (220lb) at a muzzle velocity of 600 meters per second, to a maximum range of 18km (11 miles). As well as its traditional artillery role, the gun was commonly used in direct-fire, mercilessly pounding defensive positions within buildings at point-blank range.

203mm Howitzer (SU591)

203mm Howitzer (SU591)

Contents of the 203mm Howitzer blister
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203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590)
Assembling the 203mm Howitzer

Step 1. Glue the two halves of the trail together. The half-round axle segment underneath provides extra surface area for the glue and helps with correct alignment.

203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590) 203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590)
Step 2. Next glue on the tracks. To help make sure you attach them the right way around, note that the rectangular tab is closer to the front of the track than the back.
203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590) 203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590)
Step 3. Once the glue has dried, attach the rear section of the trail. Dry-fit first, to ensure a good fit - you may need to bend the trail arms a little, to get them to line up neatly with the notches.
203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590) 203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590)
Step 4. Attach the winch piece to the front of the main body of the gun. 
203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590) 203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590)
Step 5. The heavy ammunition necessitated a special crane to facilitate loading. Glue the small pin at the base of the crane into the hole on the left-hand side of the trail.
203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590) 203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590)
Step 6. Now it's time to attach the seats. Dry-fit first. There are keyed holes to help ensure a secure fit, but you may need to do some filing or trim the tabs slightly to get a good fit.
203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590) 203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590)
Step 7. Finally, you can add the gun. The two pins on the sides of the gun should fit snugly into the body. Gluing is optional - you might like to be able to adjust the trajectory of the gun.
203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590) 203mm obr 1931 Howitzer (SU590)


Last Updated On Monday, February 20, 2023 by Ryan Smith