COBI 2492 IS-3 – Speed Build Review

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This tank did not experience a combat mission in World War II, but as a model it was at least briefly deployed. This article shows how this older set is structured.

Manufacturer: Cobi
Set-Number: 2492
Theme: Military
Release: 2018
Parts: 590
Figures: 2
Age: 8
Building Time ca.: 3 Hours


Since the IS-3 is an older model, the instructions do not include a parts list or tabletop card. The construction is divided into 2 construction phases with a total of 90 construction steps.


We start in the classic way with large 8×16 plates and plate modified for the rollers. Together with large bricks, these create a massive block with high stability.

At this stage one looks in vain for details. It continues with plates and bricks. The front and rear are built separately again and attached to the hull. The front armor is fixed both above and below.

As soon as the hull has reached its final height, we turn the model over and set the castors. These are all given a rubber coating. After the tracks have also been built and raised, the turret continues.

Side armor and rear armor are built separately. The sides are printed with a red star. Finally, the big gun is built and the hull gets reserve tanks.

The IS-3 comes with 2 figures that only need to be put on the head and headgear. With that the model is finished and the building fun is over again.


The IS-3 is still very solid and has almost no filigree parts. It would also survive the children play without any problems. In my collection it has found its place between the IS-2 and IS-7.

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