12.8 cm Kanone 81(K-81/2), ACE, Finished

12.8 cm Kanone 81(K-81/2) was a German heavy anti-tank gun designed to fight against heavy Soviet tanks like IS-2. The German army had encountered the Russian 122 mm guns and had issued a requirement for a similar weapon. Approximately 50 barrels and breeches were used on existing carriages. The weapon that used the ex-French GPF-T carriage was known as the K 81/1 while the K 81/2 used the ex-Russian A-19/ML-20 carriages with shield and balancing gear removed. the cradle and recoil system were discarded and the 128mm gun was mounted in a ring cradle similar to that used on the 81/1. Another version K 81/2 was also built, in which original Russian equilibrators were retained.

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I would like to start with the quality of this kit. In the tradition of ACE casting quality is not very good, but this set is not worse or better than other sets of ACE. It will take a lot of patience to clear items from the remains of molds. But it will be rewarded with an excellent model in the end. Kit has a lot of details for this scale. The model can be assembled as in marching and firing position. For marching position provides transport trolley.

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Model painted as usual with artistic acrylic Polycolor, MIG pigments, and oils. To make the model look more dramatic I painted the carriage in dark red primer. This is typical of the last months of the war, when the equipment could get to the fight not fully colored, because of the grip of time due to the advancing Allied troops. I didn’t much spoil this model with mud, as it did for urban combat. By using this pigment: light dust and concrete.

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