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Miniart 1:35 ZIS-3 Gun Emplacement


Miniart 1:35 - ZIS-3 Gun Emplacement - Plastic model kit #36058

The 76-mm divisional gun M1942 (ZiS-3) was a Soviet 76.2 mm divisional field gun used during World War II. ZiS was a factory designation and stood for Zavod imeni Stalina ("factory named after Stalin"), the honorific title of Artillery Factory No. 92, which first constructed this gun.

The design works of ZiS-3 started in the end of 1940 on the Artillery Factory No. 92 under supervision of V. G. Grabin. There was no order for this work; moreover, at that time the attitude toward such development programs on the part of artillery commanders, such as Marshal Kulik, the head officer of Soviet artillery, was extremely negative. So the project was run purely on the initiative of Grabin, his design bureau and the Artillery Factory No. 92 head and his deputies. None of them informed state authorities about the ZiS-3 project.

After having been built, the first ZiS-3 gun was hidden from the watchful eyes of the authorities, who continued to ignore the Red Army's need for light and medium field guns. The authorities' main argument was the information that German heavy tanks carried exceptionally strong armour. In reality Germany did not have such tanks in early 1941 and this misinformation was the result of successful Nazi propaganda about the Neubaufahrzeug multi-turreted prototype tank. 

When ZiS-3 guns were finally transferred to the Red Army under personal responsibility of Grabin and Artillery Factory No. 92 head staff, the combat experience showed the superiority of ZiS-3 over all other types of divisional level field guns. This allowed the ZiS-3 to be presented to a group of state authorities headed by Joseph Stalin and thus obtain all needed approval. After the demonstration was over Stalin said: "This gun is a masterpiece of artillery systems design." The total number of ZiS-3s produced exceeded 103,000 pieces.

The kit contains 151 parts.
Includes: models of ZIS-3, six ammo boxes w/shells and gun crew set.
Model Dimension: Length 267mm, Width 217mm
Box: 345mm x 240mm x 60mm

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