T-34/85 Soviet medium tank

Code:ZVE3533
ManufacturersZvezda
Country:Russia
Price:$19.90
Status:
In stock
Scale:1:35
This product was added to our catalog on 06 December, 2011
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That"s Zvezda 1:35 scale T-34/85 WWII Soviet tank

Model size 23,5 cm

Box in the traditional style of Zvezda, bright and colorful, patterned. The box includes 4 sprues, at all 166 parts. The kit is cleanly molded in green plastic. The plastic model kit includes part of hull, small parts, vinyl tracks, decal on 3 variants. Instrustion is laid out like most other Zvezda kits.

Historical information:
As the T-43 was cancelled, the Soviet command made the difficult decision to retool the factories to produce a new model of T-34 with a turret ring enlarged from 1,425 mm (56 in) to 1,600 mm (63 in), allowing a larger turret to be fitted. The T-43"s turret design was hurriedly adapted by V. Kerichev at the Krasnoye Sormovo Factory to fit the T-34. The resulting new T-34-85 tank had a much better gun and finally, a three-man turret with radio (which had previously been in the hull). Now the commander needed only to command the tank, leaving the operation of the gun to the gunner and the loader. Another very significant piece of equipment was the Mk.4 observation periscope copied from the British and Polish pre-war design, permitting the commander an all-around field of view, which was mounted on the turret roof.
Rear view of a T-34-85. In the centre is a circular transmission access hatch, flanked by exhaust pipes, MDSh smoke canisters on the hull rear, and extra fuel tanks on the hull sides.

Overall production slowed down somewhat while the new tank started its production run. Although a T-34-85 was still not a match for a Panther, the improved firepower made it much more effective than before. The decision to improve the existing design instead of tooling up for a new one allowed the Soviets to manufacture tanks in such numbers that the difference in capabilities could be considered insignificant. In May 1944, the Wehrmacht had only 304 Panthers operating on the Eastern Front, while the Soviets had increased T-34-85 production to 1,200 tanks per month.

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