The Voroshilovets fully tracked artillery prime mover was the largest of the Soviet artillery tractors used in WWII. It was developed to tow the largest of the Soviet heavy and super heavy artillery pieces such as the B-4 howitzer and Br-5 heavy mortar. It also functioned as tow tractor for the heavy tanks such as the T-28, T-35 and KV series.

Production began at the Kharkovskiy Zavod plant but came to an end with the German invasion and shifted to the Stalingrad STZ plant until it too was overrun.  The Voroshilovets was never a great success due to issues with the long and narrow tracks, failure of the braking system with heavy loads and a gear box that could give out after 300 kilometers. Only 1123 were built during series production and is not well photo documented. 

The model is a build of the Trumpeter Voroshilovets kit. It started as a promising model with highly detailed running gear but kinda lost its luster once I moved to the cab. Trumpeter did their best but the interior is pure conjecture. The control rods and steering levers are not ergonomically possible and there are more dials and plaques than would be necessary. The other main issue is the clear parts had mold lines and are very noticeable from certain angles. I am tempted to go back and replace them. I also didn’t notice until too late, but no photo of the Voroshilovets shows a side view mirror. A pair of spot lights are sometimes seen on the cab frame but they are much smaller with swivel mounts. 

Since I was pairing this with the venerable and detail plagued Tamiya Flak 36, I did not feel it was necessary to go all-in and correct all the errors. Instead, I corrected what I could and charged on with finishing. 

Stowage is a mix and match of various aftermarket. The model is painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with oil paints, enamels and pigments. 

Shown with the Tamiya Flak 36