The GSP ferry was first introduced into service in 1959 and used extensively by both the Soviets and a range of client states throughout the cold war. The equipment was a key component of the Soviet river crossing machine, and was part of the assault river crossing capability held by the divisional engineer regiments, but generally attached out to regiments and forward detachments to aid in the rapid crossing of the many rivers that sat between them and the French border. Capable of carrying a load of 50 tons it was assembled from a pair of ferry vehicles and could be ready for use in 3-5 minutes.
The Kit is very simple and consists of a single piece casting of the GSP in the water and the eight metal parts that make up the ramps., The main casting is well formed with some minor surface bubbles which I have left. Getting the ramps to stick in the raised position is fun but Shaun tells me this has been addressed for the production versions.
I have painted mine Green, which might come as a bit of a surprise. If I were doing it again I would represent some ropes on the deck The Trim Vein and maybe add the odd crew figure or two.
I have two of Shauns PTS-M tracked amphibians which I use to represent the Assault crossing capability when on the move. I am currently working up a visually appealing river crossing approach based on a number of water line representations of swimming vehicles the ferry, The PTS-Ms and some floating bridging I have yet to buy.
I believe the GSP Ferries are now released and available from S&S.
Prime Portal GSP ferry walk around