I finally caved in and ordered myself some additions to my Soviets the other day. First time in a long while. This included two boxes of the Italeri Zis-3 76.2mm AT guns ("with servants"- had to laugh at that) as well as box of BA-6 armoured cars from Pegasus Hobbies.
At two guns per box for less than five quid, a box, the Italeri guns look not only to be excellent value, but also are very nice models in their own right despite being soft plastic (but apparently of the harder variety). I'll still need to get some 122mm howitzers, but these boxes will make up the artillery battalions for my Rifle Division. The savings on using plastics will allow me to get some more horse-drawn limbers and carts.
The BA-6 kit will be my first try with models from Pegasus Hobbies. I've read some good things about them. They are designed for wargaming with simple construction, and again are good value for money with two vehicles to a box, which is exactly how many I need! I know that by 1944 the BA-6 had probably been phased out from service, but I will stretch their service life a little and have them outfit one company of my recce motorcycle battalion.
There certainly is a lot of good stuff out there for Red Army aficionados these days, and next on the acquisition list are some ISU-152's, some trucks and tractors for my support weapons, and of all things some DUKW's, of which more in a future post.
Meanwhile I have been busy working on a Soviet tank brigade, and I have been churning out T-34/85's in fine style, along with a couple of T-34/76's designated to make up part of a motorcycle battalion.