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Bolt Action: T34/85 Medium Tank
Product code: AB8780
The T-34 series, with its sloping armour, changed the principles of tank
design during the war. The sloping, angular layout of the T-34 increased
the effective armour thickness, and also saw a larger proportion of
shells deflected away than penetrated its armour. The introduction of
the T-34 into action saw German tank design follow suit with similarly
angled armour on the likes of the Panther and King Tiger. As German tank
design came to the fore, ¨Üthe Soviet war machine once again raised the
bar with the T-34/85.
The T-34/85, the very symbol of Soviet military strength in the Second
World War, had a new turret to house the more powerful 85mm ZiS gun. A
supremely rugged and reliable tank, the T-34/85 had excellent off-road
capability, especially in the marshland or snow of the Eastern Front,
and was easy for the crew to operate and maintain.
The T-34/85's great strength lay in its adaptation of the T-34/76tank
design which preceded it. This ensured a far smoother and faster
production line than would have been the case with a completely new
design. Another major advantage of the relatively simple design is the
sheer number of tanks the Soviet tank factories could produce - by the
summer of 1944 the Soviet war machine could produce more T-34/85s in a
month than the Germans had Panther tanks in the whole of the Eastern
With over 21,000 of the 57,000 T-34s built during WWII being T-34/85s,
the Russian credo was clearly one of quantity over quality, although it
was an unwise Panzer commander who discounted the ability of the T-34/85.
Box contains 1 plastic tank, leaflet and decal sheet.
Note: Models supplied unassembled and unpainted
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