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Full-size replica of Soviet tank made from snow by Novosibirsk student

By The Siberian Times reporter
05 March 2015

Computer game fan spent one month creating his model of the 1940s artillery vehicle in his grandmother's garden.

Using about 20 tonnes of snow, he carefully recreated the self-propelled artillery vehicle SU-122-54, which was used on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. Picture: Alexander Zhuikov

An enterprising student has created a full-size model of a Soviet tank - using snow. Alexander Zhuikov, 20, spent a month working away on his replica in his grandmother's garden in Kamen-na-Obi, about 170km from Novosibirsk.

Using about 20 tonnes of snow, he carefully recreated the self-propelled artillery vehicle SU-122-54, which was used on the Eastern Front during the Second World War.

While the inside of the tank is solid snow, the rest of it has been made to include the smallest detail, such as cardboard and rope for cables, antenna and the cannon gun itself.

Snow tank

'Alexander, from Novosibirsk, made his creation as an entry for a competition run by the online game World of Tanks, and is expected to win the first prize.' Picture: Alexander Zhuikov

It stands two metres in height and is six metres long and about four metres wide – the same as the real version, which weighed in at 31 tonnes during its time in service.

Alexander, from Novosibirsk, made his creation as an entry for a competition run by the online game World of Tanks, and is expected to win the first prize.

'Inside there is nothing but snow,' he said. 'To make such a vehicle, I took drawings from the Internet, then I painted the snow model with emulsion paint. 'I had to make a huge shield from the sun so it doesn't melt.'

Comments (3)

Awesome! This is incredible and unique in all the world. I am amazed! I wonder what caliber the cannon was on this tank. Beautiful job!
Hans, New Hampshire-USA
09/03/2015 10:40
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You have a 'Real Talent'.. Great work.. Well Done.. Could you tell me something about your education.? Or provide a weblink to a blog about your self.? Thank you.. Again well done.. :-) / Note: Your control code doesnt work well with small screen devices.. -( ruhagomeh@gmail.com )-
Andrew Thompson, Cape CG / U.S.A.
08/03/2015 08:56
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Wow! Now that's a project anyone with OCD can appreciate....
cee, usa
08/03/2015 08:12
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