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Ace 1/72 52K 85mm Soviet Heavy AA Gun Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2009 Manufacturer Ace
Subject 52K 85mm Soviet Heavy AA Gun Scale 1/72
Kit Number 72276 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Interesting subject Cons
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $11.30

First Look


The M1939 52K 85mm gun was a transportable air defense artillery weapon that provided a defensive shield around strategic positions within the Soviet Union. Developed several years before the 'Great Patriotic War', the 52K was the anti-aircraft (AA) weapon for medium altitude targets.

Like the famous German 88mm Flak gun, the 52K was best employed in large numbers to erect a flak shield that would provide a deadly shield against enemy air attacks. In keeping with the Soviet practice of employing large numbers of artillery pieces in their armed forces, the M1939 would evolve into more advanced versions that would serve well into the 1970s.

Here is an interesting kit from Ace. This is a 1/72 scale production of the 52K 85mm Soviet Heavy AA Gun. The kit is molded in light gray styrene and presented on four parts treess.

Construction of the kit starts with the carriages which attach to either end of the gun platform for road transportation. While the kit can be assembled without the carriages, the kit clearly is clearly laid out to be displayed in its transport configuration.

There are several assembly options shown in the kit:

  • Stabilization arms out or stowed
  • Carriages installed or not
  • Gun elevated or not (two positions)
  • Gun lock in place or stowed
  • Gun is traversable (when not locked)

This looks like a nice little kit that will provide another distinctive artillery piece on your shelf in 1/72 scale. the detailing is nice and the price is right.

My sincere thanks to HobbyTerra for this review sample!