Review – Paint and Glue Miniatures STZ-5 Artillery Tractor and 122 mm M1931 (A-19)

P&GM STZ-5 with 122mm M1931 two part print

P&GM STZ-5 with 122mm M1931 two part print – note spoked wheels

The Paint and Glue Miniatures STZ-5 Artillery Tractor and 122 mm M1931 (A-19) are reviewed here as they were commonly seen together. The STZ-5 is a beautifully-printed model, with excellent detail and the deep undercuts that only printed models can produce.

P&GM STZ-5 and 122mm Gun (1)

P&GM STZ-5 and 122mm M1930 rear and metal M1931/37 front with PP Crew

 

9,900 examples were produced, making this the commonest artillery tractor in the Soviet arsenal. By comparison, 2000 Kominterns, 1,123 Voroshilovets, an unknown (to me) number of Ya-12s and 13s, 1,275 Stalinets S-2s were built.

P&GM STZ-5 with 122mm M1931single piece print

P&GM STZ-5 with 122mm M1931 single piece print – note solid wheels and thinner recuperators

Garry at P&GM also sent me one of his early  single piece 122mm M1931 (A-19) prints with solid wheels before he decided to split the print by using the Deweycat version for better detail and add spoked wheels. They all have separate wheels for better detail, and they compare favourably with metal moulds, being superior in the area of symmetry (The comparison shown is the later M1931/37 with the sloped gun shield and recuperators) . Both metal and plastic guns sit well with the STZ – 5, seen here with Peter Pig Russian Civil War artillerymen, chosen for their Budunovka caps.

One area in which the metal guns have superior detail is in the rear earth spades. The metal versions actually look as if they would stop the recoil, and you can see what might be earth pickets hammered in. I have been unable to find any references to the A-19 having such, but am happy to be corrected or informed.

PGM STZ-5 and 122mm M1931 (L) and 1931/37 (R)

PGM STZ-5 and 122mm M1931 (L) and metal 1931/37 (R)

Sources:

  1. Engines of the Red Army – see Reference Sidebar on right.
  2. https://notquitemechanised.wordpress.com/2020/08/27/soviet-artillery-in-proportion/ ibid

 

8 Comments

Filed under 15mm Miniatures Wargames, Artillery, Modelling, Soviet Army, Wargames, WWII

8 responses to “Review – Paint and Glue Miniatures STZ-5 Artillery Tractor and 122 mm M1931 (A-19)

  1. Those are really nice, Chris! 🙂 I’ve looked at the Paint & Glue minis site, which was a bad idea! There are definitely things there that I like, including the STZ! And it’s as easy to do as sending an e-mail and saying I want my stuff in 1:76th scale! You’re a bad influence, and on that note I hope you have a great Christmas! 🙂

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  2. Thanks, IRO,

    Even at 122mm it’s a bit small by Ork standards. Bring on the Karlgerat 300mm 🙂

    Hope you and yours had a good Christmas.

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  3. Lovely bit of kit there.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  4. Thanks Pete,
    I’m wading through a whole pile of interesting stuff at the moment.
    Regards, Chris.

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  5. These look excellent and the ability to have them produced in a desired scale is a real selling point.
    Regards, James

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