White nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.
About this Product
The Rhunnish SIU-13 tank destroyer is a direct derivative of the stop-gap tank destroyer SSU-12-125, a variant of the SSU-12 designed for anti-tank warfare. As part of the Tank-Artillery Cooperative Development Programme, the SIU-13 was originally meant to be a turretless self-propelled gun to complement the TVS-13, though the latter project was cancelled due to the massive change in enemy armour on the battlefield and the need for a heavy tank destroyer. The SIU-13 was designed specifically as a tank destroyer, armed with a smooth-bore 125-mm cannon and nothing else. The turret is also placed much farther forward than on the SSU-12, which more evenly distributes the weight of the turret and magazine against the engine and transmission. In theory, the SIU-13 was meant to operate in partisan groups against enemy tank divisions, able to destroy most tanks with a single shot and also able to take quite a bit of punishment if they engaged the enemy. In practise, however, the SIU-13 was never used in large numbers because the heavy tanks it was specifically designed to take out were not deployed as widely as was anticipated, and most medium tanks could be destroyed with a single shot from the 90-mm cannon on the TVS-12.