The BTR-152 was a six-wheeled Soviet armoured personnel carrier built on the chassis and drive train of a ZiS-151 utility truck. It entered service with a number of Warsaw Pact member states beginning in 1950 and formed the mainstay of Soviet motor rifle battalions until the advent of the amphibious BTR-60 series during the 1960s.
The BTR-152s were available in several marks and were manufactured in large numbers for the Soviet military and export. Late production models utilised automotive components from the more reliable ZIL-157 truck. Three primary variants of the BTR-152 appeared between 1950 and 1959: the base armoured personnel carrier with a single pintle-mounted 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun, an unarmed command vehicle with a higher roofline, and an anti-aircraft variant armed with a ZPU-2mount.
BTR-152s could carry a single infantry squad each, or specialist weapons teams along with their mortars and anti-tank equipment. In Soviet service, a number were also deployed as artillery tractors.
In 1959 it received an armoured roof with three big hatches on top of it, two of which opened to the right over the troop compartment, also, an internal tires pressure regulation system and a filtering/ventilating system was installed. The weight of the vehicle has increased, the crew went down from 2+18 to 2+13.
- The kit contains over 380 parts.
- The main tires are hollow rubber with very good tread pattern.
- Photo etched parts included.
- 10 sprues and tyres.
- Length: 194.3mm.
- Beam: 66.3mm.
|Military Land Type:||Armored Personnel Carrier|
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