Manufacturer: Hobby Boss – Scale: 1/35

Model by Clayton Ockerby

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I don’t know what it is about these oddball machines that attracts me to them. As soon as I saw this Hobby Boss release, I knew I had to get my hands on it. It’s tiny, top heavy proportions were just the thing I was looking for to break up some of the other builds I had on the go at the time. I must firstly confess, I have never built a Hobby Boss kit before, and I knew nothing of the SU-18, so buying this was a complete leap of faith for me.

I picked the model up for a very reasonable price during a recent 2 day model show. I purchased it with the view of filling in some time whilst away, and managed to get a start on it during that night.

About 2 hours later, I had the build complete and was ready for paint. It was a lot quicker than I was expecting.

I was a little disappointed to find that the SU-18 was only ever a prototype vehicle, with only a few examples being produced and trialed. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised given the obvious issues with its’ high centre of gravity and painfully confined crew areas. Not to mention the limited ability to store ammunition.  That said, the kit still presented an interesting part of history and would make a welcomed addition to my showcase.

I would also later discover, the SU-18 features in the online game, World of Tanks, so its’ not hard to see the thinking of the Hobby Boss team, behind this release.