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HobbyBoss 1:35 Soviet T-38 Amphibious Light Tank


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The T-38 was a Soviet amphibious light tank of the Second World War period. An improved version of the T-37A light tank, the T-38 was produced from 1936 till 1939. 1,228 tanks were built in 1936-1937, and another 112 - in 1939.

Trials showed that the T-37A had a limited range and unreliable transmission and running gear, which could cause its tracks to fall off while on the move. An improved version of this tank - the T-38 - was supposed to fix these flaws. The turret was moved from the right-hand side of the tank to the left, which switched the driver and commander positions. The T-38 was armed with a 7.62mm DT machine gun.

The tank was designed for reconnaissance and infantry support. Due to its ability to swim, it had a good long-range mobility. It was also intended to be air-portable; in 1936 the T-38's were mounted under the fuselage and transported by Tupolev TB-3 bombers during the Kiev maneuvers. However, due to the thin armour and a single machinegun, the T-38's use in combat was limited. It was also incapable of carrying the weight of two infantrymen while floating; overloads of 120-150kg would sink the vehicle.

The Red Army used the T-38 in 1940, during the Winter War with Finland. Its armament and thin armour made the tank unsuccessful; it was easily penetrated by the fire of rifles and light machine guns. The Germans captured large numbers of T-38's during Operation Barbarossa. During WWII, the main amphibious scout vehicle of the Soviet Union was the U.S. Ford GPA amphibious jeep provided through Lend-Lease.

Item No: 83865
Item Name: Soviet T-38 Amphibious Light Tank
Scale: 1:35
Item Type: Static kit
Model Dimensions: Length 113mm, Width 67.8mm
Total Plastic Parts: 340+
Total Sprues: 15 sprues, lower hull and turret
Metal Parts: Brass wire
Photo Etched Parts: 1 pcs
Release Date: 2015-06

- The kit consists of over 340 parts
- Multi-directional slide moulded turret and lower hull
- Photo-etched parts included
- Individual track links

Collections: All, Soviet, Vehicles, WWII

Category: HobbyBoss AAV's, HobbyBoss Tanks

Type: Tanks

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