Armory 1/72 DShK 12.7mm Machine Gun First Look
|Date of Review||November 2009||Manufacturer||Armory|
|Subject||DShK 12.7mm Machine Gun||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||7239||Primary Media||Resin/PE|
|Pros||Detailed gun for T-54/55/62 Turret||Cons||None noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (Euro)||4.50€|
Armory of the Ukraine has released a number of very nice detail sets, this one tackling an important detail on cold-war era Soviet tanks, the DShK machine gun. The DShK is a 12.7mm machine gun that was the standard armament for the pintle next to the tank commander's hatch. This gun was found on numerous variants of the T-54, T-55, and T-62 tanks and even some newer types.
The set is comprised of five finely cast resin parts consisting of the machine gun, recoil mechanism, ammo can, mount, and counterbalance. A small fret of photo-etch is also included comprising the ammo belt between the ammo can and machine gun breech and gun handles.
It amazes me just how far resin casting technology has come in the last few decades. The castings for these gun parts are very fine and are absolutely tiny in 1/72 scale. Nevertheless, if you mount this set on your next Soviet-era main battle tank, you'll have the gun out-detail the tank! Nice!
You can purchase Armory products from a number of online stockists as well as directly from their online store.
My sincere thanks to Armory for this review sample!