Takom 2041, Russian Medium Tank T-55 AM. Scale 1:35

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Takom 2041, Russian Medium Tank T-55 AM. Scale 1:35

TK2041 - Takom

Russian tanks T-55 and T-54 are some of the most famous tanks in the world. Used in over 50 countries and produced in huge numbers they were developed more than half a century ago and are still used today. The T-55 tank was produced in the 1960s and it had a new turret with a floor, PAZ nuclear blast protection and overpressure NBC system, gamma ray detector, improved V-55 engine and many, many more improvements to the original T-54 design. A snorkel allowed T-55 to cross 5.5 m depths at a speed of more than 1 mph.

T-55AM or “Ob'yekt 155AM” was deeply upgrades and modified in comparison to its predecessor T-55A with new "Volna" fire control system, 9K116-1 "Bastion" ATGM system with new 1K13 BOM guidance device/sight. These tanks also received improved "Tsiklon-M1" gun stabilization system and TShSM-32PV sights, V-55U engine, improved suspension and RMSh tracks, increased armor, anti-mine, anti-napalm and improved anti-radiation protection and new R-173/173P radio set. Visual differences include a laser range-finder in an armoured box fitted over the main armament, side skirts, 81mm "Tucha" smoke grenade launchers and much more.

This tank, as its predecessor, was very successful. As with the T-54 before it, this tank was easy to maintain, cheap in production and it was balanced, simple and reliable. T-55AM is the modernized version of the T-55 with improved fire controls. The Czechoslovak version uses a laser rangefinder mounted on the main gun and a wind sensor. The FSU version incorporates the KTD-2 or KDG-1 laser rangefinder. The Polish version uses a new fire control system that integrates a laser rangefinder into the gunner's sight.

The Kit

This is the first time this model has been made in 1:35 scale. There are 692 parts in the kit. 432 of these are moulded in grey styrene. It has 184 individual track links and 12 clear parts for lights and periscope. Also includes 64 Photo Etched brass parts and water slide decals. The lower hull detail and the turret come as separate pieces. A soft vinyl dust cover for the mantlet is included as well as two ply caps. There is also twisted steel wire for a tow cable

A choice of markings is available for 4 individual vehicles, including versions serving in the Russian Army, Russian Marines, Cuban Army, and Angolan Armed Forces. Attractive T-54AM painting and markings guide from AMMO of Mig Jimenez includes all 5 views. Special features include a rotating turret, main gun that can be elevated or depressed, and all crew hatches can be open or closed. 

Glue and paint are required for this model. (Not included).

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