The T-20 Komsomolets was a Soviet artillery tractor used by the Red Army during the Winter War and the Second World War. Developed at the Ordzhonikidze Moscow Plant no.37, the tractor was produced between 1936 and 1941 and over 4,000 units were built during that period.
The T-20 was intended to tow artillery-type weapons including the 45 mm anti-tank gun and the M1938 120 mm mortar. It also carried a small quantity of ammunition supplies and up to six crew members. The driver and the commander sit in the forward compartment armoured with a Degtyaryov machine gun. The rear compartment had room for the rest of the crew seated back-to-back. A canvas top could be raised in case of bad weather conditions.
During Operation Barbarossa some T-20s served as combat vehicles, however after 1941 they were deployed only as armoured tractors.
Item No: 83848
Item Name: Soviet T-20 Armored Tractor Komsomolets 1940
Item Type: Plastic Model Armor Kit
Photo Etched Parts: 1 piece
Model Dimension: Length 97mm, Width 53.3mm
Total Plastic Parts: 300+
Total Sprues: 16 sprues, lower and upper hull
Release Date: 2016-07
- The kit has refined details
- Multi-slide moulded cab and lower hull
- Individual track links
- Photo-etched parts included
Academy 1:35 - T-34/76 No. 183 Factory Production - Plastic Model Kit #13505
The Soviet medium tank T-34 was the most produced tank of WWII that replaced many light and medium tanks in service with the Red Army. The initial version of the T-34 was equipped with a powerful 76.2 mm gun, and is often called the T-34/76.
Most of these tanks were produced at Factory No.183 which in September 1941 was evacuated from its original location in Kharkiv to Nizhniy Tagil when it became clear that Kharkiv was in danger of falling to the Germans. Factory No.183 in Nizhniy Tagil (Uralskiy Tankovyj Zavod, Ural Tank Factory) produced just over 15 thousand of the T-34/76 tanks. By the end of WWII, T-34's comprised at least 55% of the Soviet tank production. In the beginning of the war this figure was 4%.
When Germany launched the invasion of the Soviet Union, the T-34 was superior to any German tank and destroying T-34's in combat proved to be very difficult. However, the Red Army had still lost large numbers of these new tanks in 1941 due to the tactical and operational skills of the Germans as well as mechanical breakdowns which accounted for at least 50% of Soviet tank losses at the time. In the following years the T-34 saw a number of improvements while Germany continued to develop anti-tank guns capable of penetrating the T-34's armour. By 1943, the 76.2 mm gun was unable to penetrate the armour of the new German tanks and the Soviet Union began the production of the improved version of the T-34, the T-34/85.
Markings are provided for five options:
T-34/76, Unidentified Unit, Prokhorovka, July 1943
T-34/76, 264th Armoured Brigade, Ukraine, December 1943
T-34/76, Unidentified Unit, Kursk, July 1943
OT-34/76, Unidentified Unit, Pskov, Recovered in 2006
OT-34/76, Unidentified Unit, Unknown Area
Tank dimensions: Height 73 mm, Length 193 mm
Box size: 403 x 264 x 68 mm
Download the instruction manual here.
Academy 1:35 - T-34/85 Factory Production Version - Plastic Model Kit #13290
Perfect as a Berlin Assault tank or a Korean War unit. The T-34/85 entered production in 1944 as an improvement over the T-34/76. It featured heavier armour to withstand the increased firepower of the latest German tanks, a larger turret to house the new 85mm S-53 main gun, and internal stowage for 56 rounds of ammunition. The T34/85 was also equipped with 2x 7.62mm machine guns. Powered by a 12 cylinder diesel engine, the T-34/85 could move at speeds of up to 55 kph.
The T-34 was a Soviet medium tank that is generally considered as having had significant impact on tank design and development. The T-34 is often credited as the most effective, efficient and influential tank design of the Second World War. At the time of it's initial deployment he T-34 had an impressive combination of armament, speed, armour and toughness. The T-34 was armed primarily with a 76.2 mm (3 in) high-velocity gun which provided a substantial increase in firepower over any of its contemporaries; its heavy sloped armour was difficult to penetrate by most anti-tank weapons of the period. When first encountered in 1941, the German tank general von Kleist called it "the finest tank in the world" and Heinz Guderian confirmed the T-34's "vast superiority" over existing German armour of the time.
The T-34 was the primary vehicle of the Soviet armoured forces throughout World War II. The design allowed it to be constantly refined to meet the changing needs of the Eastern Front conflict: as the war progressed it became more capable, but also quicker and cheaper to produce. The Soviet Union would eventually produce more than 80,000 T-34s (all variants), allowing more and more to be deployed as the war continued despite losing great numbers to the Wehrmacht. The development of the T-34 led directly to the T-54 and T-55 series of tanks, which in turn evolved into the T-62, T-72, and T-90 that form the armoured mainstay of many modern armies. T-34 variants were widely exported after World War II and up to 1996 were still in service in at least 27 countries.
Features and options:
Detailed spring suspension in hull
Link and length track for ease of assembly/painting
Hull details including spare track links, fuel cells, stowage
Choice of circa 1945 or circa 1950 turret
Casting detail captured on turret surface
Choice of tall or short Commanders cupola
Positionable crew hatches
Markings are provided for six examples:
T-34/85, 904, Berlin, Germany, May 1945
T-34/85, M08, Berlin, Germany, May 1945
T-34/85, Yugoslavia, 1945
T-34/85, 738, North Korean Army, 1950
T-34/85, 229, North Korean Army, 1950
T-34/85, 'Knocked Out 20 July 1950 Under the Supervision of Major General WF Dean'
The set consists of six colours designed for painting camouflage patterns that are most commonly used on vehicles of the Russian army and armed forces of post-Soviet states. These colours can also be seen on vehicles of the late Soviet era. These paints are water soluble, which will help you avoid odours typical of more aggressive, solvent-based paints. They are suitable for both brush and airbrush use, and the special AK-Interactive formula helps prevent airbrush blockages.
AK-4008 Black Grey
AK-4131 Greyish Yellow
AK-4132 Mustard Yellow
AK-4133 Pale Grey
AK-4134 Green Khaki
AK-4135 Base Green
This combo pack contains three acrylics designed for painting most of the Soviet tanks of World War II. These are the three basic colours suitable for painting vehicles from T-34 to SU-100. AK Interactive paints have been developed under a very strict quality test to achieve the most precise colour, high resistance and ease of use.
AK746 4BO Russian Green
AK747 6K Russian Brown
AK748 7K Russian Tan