This Soviet light
field gun is an improved version of the Pulitov model m1902 (ACE
kit #72257) with a longer 40-caliber long (L40) gun barrel,
a new gunsight and a few other changes, but essentially the same
weapon. The above impressive boxart shows the breech end of the
gun with new gunsight and a 76.2-mm round, a good reference for
later painting. This ammunition appears comparable to the French
and American 75-mm round.
The kit includes three sprues of injection molded, light gray styrene
plastic. At top is the sprue for the gun and carriage, with the
two parts for the gun shield at top center, and a sprue for the
wheels and small parts. The sprue for the gun limber is the same
as for kits #72257 and kit #72265
so I decided not to show it here. Detail is good though maybe soft
and the parts have some flash depending on how old ACE’s mold
is. No etched brass is included as with kit #72265.
This photo of the kit instructions shows assembly of the gun and
the limber. The limber carried ammunition, personal gear and two
crewmembers. No crewmembers, horses or harness is included in the
model kit. ACE provided links to reference photos for this gun at
This field gun served with the Soviet Red Army during the 1930’s
and saw some use during WW2. The weapon color should be khaki or
olive green. Being horse drawn, the wooden wheels had steel tires
(bands) so the worn steel can be simulated with a soft graphite
pencil. I am not aware of any other small-scale model of this weapon
in plastic or resin.
This kit is quite and improvement over the resin kit from AER Models.
Compare this ACE styrene plastic model with AER’s more crude
resin model #7256. AER’s m1902/30 model does, however, come
with crude but an otherwise spiffy farm tractor model for towing