BTR-70 Soviet personnel carrier, Afghanistan

Code:ZVE3557
ManufacturersZvezda
Country:Russia
Price:$24.50
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 BTR-70 Afghanistan

Model size 21 cm

Box in the traditional style of Zvezda, bright and colorful, patterned. The box includes 5 sprues, at all 208 parts. The kit is cleanly molded in green plastic. The plastic model kit includes parts of hull, small parts, 9 tires, decal on 1 variants. Instrustion is laid out like most other diecast Zvezda kits.

Historical information:
The BTR-70 is an eight-wheeled armored personnel carrier (Russian: BTR stands for Bronetransportyor literally "armoured transporter"), originally developed during the late 1960s under the industrial designator GAZ-4905. On August 21, 1972, it was accepted into service and would later be exported to the Warsaw Pact and other allies. Introduced as a successor to the earlier BTR-60, it most closely resembles a BTR-60PB. Other improvements include heavier armor plating and tires less prone to puncture. In other respects, the vehicle is very similar to the BTR-60PB, with a more powerful petrol engine configuration and armament of a primary heavy machine gun and secondary PKT machine gun on a roof mounted turret.

The vehicle"s designers moved the side troop doors. On the vehicle"s predecessor, these doors were located above the beltline between the second and third pairs of wheels on both sides of the vehicle. On the BTR-70, the doors are below the beltline between the second and third pairs of wheels. As Soviet doctrine calls for unloading troops from the vehicle while it is in motion, the door location increases the chances that a soldier will be pulled under a wheel and injured or killed, although it also means that the troops can get out quicker while exposing them less to the enemy.

Like the vehicle"s predecessor it is fully amphibious with minimal preparation. A licensed Romanian copy was designated the TAB-77 and had various improvements and changes to make local production easier, including a better turret and different engines.


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