Tow Tractors and Armoured Recovery Vehicles based on the
Iosef Stalin IS-2 Heavy Tank Chassis
"Tankograd Special No. 1"
by Jochen Vollert
No. 1 is available online from Squadron
Reviewed by Dale Smith
S u m m a r y
|Contents and Media:
||Soft Cover A4 size book of 36
pages with English Text and B & W photos. 1/76 scale vehicle drawings as
well as 1/25 and 1/10 scale detail drawings. A number of technical
manual drawings are also included.
||Unusual subject matter with many
rare photos, easy to read, excellent vehicle and detail drawings.
This book deals with the conversions made to the Russian IS and ISU heavy
vehicle chassis that produced an armoured recovery vehicle.
Unlike the Germans and the Allies that put significant amounts of time
and energy into engineering and development of their armoured recovery
vehicles, the Soviets during early World War 2 simply wrote off battle
damaged vehicles, as they did not posess a heavy vehicle capable of
retrieving them, with the S-60 unarmoured caterpillar tractors then in use
being unable to be used in combat situations.
The book begins with development history
starting with the IS-2T Model 1944 which was basically a IS-2 tank hull
with the turret removed, then moving all the way through different
development stages utilising both the IS and ISU chassis right up until
the early 60s when the ISU hull was standardised , designated the BTT-1
Model 1960, that was fitted standard with a variety of recovery implements
such as a stowage platform, crane, winch ( not in all cases) , up to a
snorkel apparatus for fording rivers. Development also included a Command
Each of the major variants are covered in detail with
excellent 1/76 Scale drawings covering front, rear, side and top views
drawn by the author. The author has also supplied 1/10 & 1/25 scale
drawings of major components such as push bars, stowage compartment
details , rope rollers, towing pintles and the main bulldozer blade.
There are black and white photographs used on nearly every
page, both when the vehicles were being used in service , as well as now
defuncts vehicles in museums showing the different variants. Excellent use
has also been made thru-out the book of drawings from technical manuals.
The book was interesting, well set out and would be a
definite requirement for anybody contemplating building an ARV based on the
IS or ISU chassis. The photos, drawings and information supplied are first
class and would be a good reference source for a scratchbuild project.
Many thanks to 'Squadron
Mail Order' for supplying the review kit.
Review Copyright © 2001 by Dale
Page Created 23 September, 2001
22 July, 2003
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