Monday, August 5

Built up pictures of Panda Hobby's new Object 279 in detail..

We have some interesting shots of Panda Hobby's new Object 279 built up we thought you would like to see in today's preview - it seems the race is on between the three companies making this and Panda have a great head start here with the test kit almost ready to go..
 Panda Hobby New Release August 2013Built up shots of the beast!

 Previous news -

Panda Hobby New Release August 2013

1/35th Soviet tank - "Object 279" -Pt II: Sprue Pictures:
PE set that covers the Grilles and brackets, plus "steel" towing cable

Road Wheels and drives

Large turret and ring plus the 130 mm gun barrel

Side skirts and exterior details

The boat like underside

Again the top looks like a boat - but really it is a sharply angled glacis

The steel road wheels

Nice details to weather in there

The gun barrel looks impressive

The lovely texture on the cast turret will impress people

And the flanks..

And some of the many tracks - you will be busy!

Previous news on Panda Hobby's Object 279:
Not content with the Giant Panzer 38t and the Tunguska Panda hobby keep clattering down the road with a new kit – the secret Soviet cold war tanks – the Object 279….

Panda Hobby New Release August 2013
1/35th Soviet tank - "Object 279"
Object 279 (Объект 279) was a Soviet experimental heavy tank developed at the end of 1959 – it was extraordinary development in armoured warfare – It’s armour at the thickest point was 269 mm, and it was covered by a thin, elliptical shield protecting it against APDS and shaped charge ammunition, and preventing it from overturning by the shockwave in case of a nuclear explosion!

The shape of the hull was a revolutionary type and the four tracks under the hull were to help with mobility of such a large and heavy vehicle (60 tonnes) on the harsh Russian terrain. (I hope you like making tracks!!) It did not work as well as theorised and that is one of the reasons ( along with the weight of the vehicle) that it did not succeed as a design.
The all-cast turret, with a maximum armor thickness of 319 mm,[2] was rounded and had anti-HEAT protective panels. The turret ring was also heavily protected. The tank was equipped with a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection.

The massive main gun was a 103mm calibre with a muzzle velocity of 1000 m/s, for the 33 kg armor-piercing tracer shell, and a maximum armor penetration of 450 mm of rolled homogeneous armour (RHA) at 90°.
The gun was provided with a semi-automatic loading system with a rate of fire of 5-7 rounds/min. Firing control system comprised optical/radar rangefinder, auto-guidance system and L2 night-sight with an active infrared searchlight.

This tank should be available at the end of the month from all of Panda’s Distributors.. including  Pacific Coast Models in the U.S. and you can also get it in Europe from AVAX models the Czech Republic.