The IS-2 was a World War II Soviet heavy tank which was in production from 1943-1945, and modernization programs went on afterward, extending the service life of the IS-2 to 1956. Almost 4,000 IS-2's were built.
The IS-2 mod. 1943 was the first version of the IS-2 produced up to mid-1944. It differs from the other variant, the mod. 1944, primarily in the frontal armor layout. On the 1943, the armor is flat at the front and only 100mm thick on the driver's vision port. On the 1944, the armor is sloped and 120mm thick all over the front. The IS-2 differs from the previous version, the IS-1, in that it is armed with the devastating 122mm D-25T rather than the 85mm D-5T on the IS-1. There were also two 7.62mm DT machine-guns, one in an AA mounting and the other in a co-axial mount. Power comes from the 600hp V2-IS diesel engine developed from the V-2 engine originally featured on the A-20, and found in various versions in the KV series and T-34 series tanks. The V2-IS pushes the IS-2 mod. 1943 along at a top speed of 37km/h. The IS-2's chassis was also used for the ISU-122 and ISU-152, and components were used in the Object 704 prototype.
Panzer Commander and Panzer Crewman pose next to the IS-2 mod. 1943 shortly before heading off to battle. Also a left view of the tank. This is the first tank of mine to have a complete hull behind the suspension, despite still using my building style.
The rear. I really wanted to add another row of angled grill things to the engine block, but I didn't have enough of them...
The front, displaying the gun mantlet and frontal design of the hull.
An IL-2 Sturmovik flies over an IS-2 as it heads back home after softening up a German armoured column for the IS-2.
The bottom of the IS-2, displaying the complete hull behind the suspension and the lower glacis.
Images of the left side are not shown because I didn't have enough 1x3 angular plates to finish that side. You might be able to tell from the front, but the mantlet obscures it pretty well.
The IS-2 mod. 1943 is represented in World of Tanks as a fully-upgraded Tier 7 Russian heavy tank IS. I've played the IS on Blitz, in fact I'm about to pick up the IS-8 from the IS-3. It's a great tank, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I did the fully-upgraded Tiger. It doesn't feel as mobile as the Tiger, and for some reason the armor felt even squishier. The gun does hit really hard, however. It's a great showcase of what's to follow in the line.
Quoting killswitch95 [SNRK]
actually not bad, seems as though your collection included mostly basic bricks, but even so, i do recognize it as an IS-2... get some tracks maaaaan
Indeed my collection is mostly old bricks, most are from my mom's bricks when she was a kid and the four basic kits my three brothers and I got a while back (that's where all the white bricks come from)
Like I said in my M22 Locust MOC, I'm trying to get some tracks. The problem I see is that Lego tracks are sold piece by piece at 99 cents, and I don't know how many of them is a good amount. I don't want to buy 100 and only ever use 50 of them...Brickmania's tracks are too wide for my single-row suspensions and I'm not too sure about their reliability...