The (almost) Missing Link

Soviet Medium Tank T-44 OKB Grigorov 1/72, Ref. 72097 The T-44 was developped during the Second World War to replace the T-34, but despite its better characteristics, it was felt that producing a new vehicle would disrupt the output of the earlier tank and subsequently only a couple of thousand were produced between 1944 andContinue reading “The (almost) Missing Link”

Too Innovative Soviet Armour

Soviet Medium Tank T-43 mod.1943 OKB Grigorov 1/72, Ref. 72095 Designed from 1942 as a successor to the KV-1 and T-34(/76), the T-43 introduced amongst other things better armour, a larger three-man turret and a torsion beam suspension.  Meant to be superior, in terms of mobility and protection, to the newly introduced 75mm KwK 40Continue reading “Too Innovative Soviet Armour”

Feline-footed T-34

Wheels for T-34, adapted Panther wheels type 1 OKB Grigorov 1/72, Ref. S72457 Photographic evidence shows that Panther roadwheels were fitted to some Soviet T-34/76s, T-34/85s and SU-85s, possibly as an expedient before proper repair could be carried out.  They were usually fitted to stations 2 and 4, probably because they were weaker by designContinue reading “Feline-footed T-34”

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