The BTR-152 is a Soviet six-wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC) built on the chassis and drive train of a ZIS-151 utility truck. Armed with a front mounted 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun, the BTR-152 could carry up to 18 troops. Entering service in the 1950s, the BTR-152 formed the backbone of Soviet motor rifle battalions, until the development of the amphibious BTR-60 series during the 1960s. Primarily developed as an armored personnel carrier, the BTR-152 played various roles on the battlefield ranging from command vehicles, to anti-aircraft vehicles armed with a Soviet ZPU-2, as well as artillery tractors.
Various waring factions modified the BTR-152 during the Lebanese civil war. Fitting a 23mm ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun inside the troop compartment, the vehicle was used in both fire support and anti-aircraft roles. The South Lebanese Army also modified the BTR-152 which was fitted with a crane inside a cut down troop compartment to be used as an armored recovery vehicle.
Trumpeter‘s 1/35 Soviet BTR-152V1 Armored Personnel Carrier consists of 10 light grey, 1 clear plastic sprue for the headlights and vision ports, rubber tires, 1 PE fret, and a decal sheet. The kit features a a highly detailed engine, drive train, and transmission assembly. The included rubber tires feature a realistically reproduced tread pattern. The vehicle’s front wheels are steerable even after assembly. The vehicle’s open roof configuration highlights the kit’s complete, delicate interior with both its driver’s and troop compartments.
4 marking options are included in the kit for 3 Soviet vehicles painted in over all Green, and 1 vehicle painted in a 2 tone Sand & Green camouflage.