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Tiny ASU -57

Introduction

During WWII, combat experience revealed the need for a light, maneuverable high velocity self-propelled gun. The Soviet's answer in the early 1950s was the ASU-57. Weighing in at a paltry 3.3 tons the ASU-57 could be landed or parachuted from military transports of the day such as the AN-8, or AN-12. At that time this vehicle was the only self-propelled gun capable of parachute insertion.
The vehicle was equipped with a 50 HP engine, capable of speeds of 45 KPH on hard surfaces and partially built of a material called duraluminum. This light-weight vehicle packed a healthy punch with a high velocity 57mm antitank gun, firing 6-10 rounds per minute, and was capable of piercing 100 mm of armor at a range of 1000 meters. Total load for the vehicle was 30 rounds, with all being carried internally. It’s very small height helped with its survivability. With the upper level armor lowered the top of the vehicle came up only to the average mans chest.
The ASU-57 was very successful and exported by the Soviets to Yugoslavia, Viet Nam and Egypt. It served on into the 60s taking part in the 1967 war between Egypt and Israel.

the kit
Just like the real vehicle, this thing is tiny! I added the German tanker figure for a size reference for the viewers, not to mention my hand size as well! AER-Muldova and Maquette have released this kit and they are one in the same. I’m not sure if any other companies have released this or not. Prior to building this little kit I had looked at a couple of build ups on line. They all said the same thing; “Lots of work”, “Hard to follow instructions” etc. Armed with this knowledge I decided to try and tackle the kit. These guys weren’t kidding on either account! The fit of the kit was so-so for the most part with some overly thick parts and some simplified parts. If somebody was to take their time, they could turn out a pretty decent kit. The lower hull is made up of four pieces, the bottom, left and right sides, and rear pieces. Getting these to sit level and square is the biggest problem that I faced. After getting them as level as I thought I could, I set out to tackle the interior.
the office
The exploded diagram of the kit is all you have to go by when assembling the kit, and can play havoc on your eyes if you aren’t careful! Using the old carpenters rule of “measure twice, cut once” I dove into the interior. I looked twice and some times three times to make sure I had things going where they were supposed to go. A few of the parts on the interior were too thick so I substituted .010 sheet styrene in their place. After I had the interior assembled I decided to tweak things a little and try and dress the otherwise plain looking kit up a bit.
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About the Author

About Matthew Quiroz (Red4)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

After a several year break from the hobby I have happily returned to it. Slowly, but surely getting my mojo back.


Comments

Vinnie, I just read thru my article again. Under the "kit" portion it double lists the same information. Did it come thru like this when I sent it? I also forgot to add one pic that actually had a German figure standing next to the vehicle prior to being mounted on the base. Should I leave it as is or what? Thanks for posting it so soon. Didn't think it would go up that quick. Thanks again. "Q"
JUN 02, 2005 - 03:56 AM
Sorted now Matthew. Sorry about that! Vinnie
JUN 02, 2005 - 08:14 AM
Matt, Is that your Tank Destroyers Campaign submission? In the words of Chris Farley " Holy Schnikes!" :-)
JUN 03, 2005 - 04:13 AM
Vinnie, Awesome job for a kit someone else voted as "Worst model ever" on another thread. Just goes to show what can be achieved with perseverance. Mika
JUN 03, 2005 - 10:02 AM
Nice job Matthew.
JUN 03, 2005 - 12:04 PM
Matthew You did a great job with a dog of a kit! I was the one that posted the comment about the ASU-57. The kit was TOGAs kit but i'm sure its the same molds. Mine was molded in heavy white plastic with soft surface detail, poor fit, and terrible directions. One day I will crack it back open and finish the job. Your wonderful model may just be the inspiration I need.
JUN 04, 2005 - 02:52 AM
Sorry for the slow response... Yeppers, that will be one of my entries. The other is the M10 by Tamiya. I can't get the pics to come out right...hence the delay in posting them. Thanks. "Q"
JUN 09, 2005 - 01:26 PM