Tuesday, September 13

New from Takom – T-55A & AMB2 kits to be released in 35th scale.

Takom has just released the box art of two new kits in the 35th scale is the T-55 family. We have some info on them – but not a lost as yet – but features, markings and a few other bits we DO know about - let’s have a look at the vehicle a little and the promised features on the kit to come…

 
Takom’s 2 new T-55 variants to be released in 35th scale...

The T-55 medium tank has a fully tracked, five-road-wheeled chassis. This chassis has a space between the first and second road wheels and no return rollers. The T-55 has a low-silhouetted hull with a dome-shaped turret mounted over the third road wheel. It is armed with a 100-mm rifled gun, which has a bore evacuator at the muzzle.


The T-55 also mounts a 7.62-mm coaxial machine-gun. Early versions also mounted a bow-mounted 7.62-mm machine-gun. The T-55 differs from the older T-54 models because it lacks the right-hand cupola and the turret dome ventilator, which is located in front of that cupola on the T-54.
 A US Army Recognition poster for the T-55 family
Most T-55's also lack the turret-mounted 12.7-mm antiaircraft machine-gun of the T-54. All T-55's mount an infrared gunner's searchlight above, and to the right of the main gun. This searchlight, however, is not a distinguishing feature since it has been retrofitted to many T-54 and T-54A tanks.
The T-55 combines a high-velocity gun with a highly mobile chassis, a low silhouette, and exceptional long-range endurance. Improvements over the T-54 include a larger V-12 water-cooled diesel engine with 580 rather than 520 hp, and an increased cruising range of 500 rather than 400 kilometres (600 kilometres with auxiliary tanks). The increased cruising range can go up to 715 kilometres with two 200-liter auxiliary fuel tanks which can be carried on the rear. The T-55 has two-plane stabilization of the main gun rather than vertical stabilisation only. It also has a basic load for the main gun of 43 rather than 34 rounds.

The T-55 can ford depths of 1.4 meters without preparation. It has snorkel equipment which enables it to cross depths of up to 5.5 meters at a speed of 2 kilometres per hour. This equipment takes about 30 minutes' preparation, but can be jettisoned immediately on leaving the water. All T-55's have the PAZ radiation detection system; the T-55A also has an anti-radiation liner. Injecting vaporized diesel fuel onto the exhaust system can generate a dense smoke screen.


T-55 AM2B Medium Tank
Manufacturer: Takom
No# 2057
Scale: 1/35th
Individual Tracks
Phot-Etch, Metal cable & Clear Parts Included
Fuel Lines moulded externally, all hatches can be opened or closed
Available October 2016
Czech version of T-55AMV with Kladivo fire control. The former East German Army [NVA] operated a number of tanks known as the T-55AM2B MBT that is a heavily modified version of the well-known original Soviet T-55 MBT. These greatly improved tanks are capable of firing the 100mm laser-guided 9M117 ATGM. Although a more modern missile than the T-64B's AT-8, the 9M117 can provide some details concerning this type of weapon. T-55AM2B has turret brow armour, laser rangefinder over the main gun, rubber side skirts, and thicker front hull armour than the T-55A. 

An AMB2 at the Panzermuseum in Munster
T-55 AM2B version of this kit’s boxing supplies us with four choices in the box – there are parts for the German, Czech and Polish versions in here. Some of the more interesting tanks and diorama scenarios we can think of could be just around the corner for you…
Included in this kit are:
4 markings supplied by Mig’s Ammo team
Individual track links
PE & Clear Parts
Metal tow cable
Rubber gun mantlet
Posable turrets
Road wheels can be built in a damaged condition...


T-55A (3 in 1 kit)
Manufacturer: Takom
No# 2057
Scale: 1/35th
Individual Tracks
Phot-Etch, Metal cable & Clear Parts Included
Fuel Lines moulded externally, all hatches can be opened or closed
Available October 2016

This boxing serves the Czech Production, Russian and Iraqi versions of the T-55A. The colourful boxing shows the Croatian version of this tank – one of five marking choices. 
And some polish examples...
A restored Czech version in Prague
A destroyed T-55 Iraqi forces on the highway of death during the Second Gulf War

Included in this kit are:
5 markings supplied by Mig’s Ammo team
Individual track links
PE & Clear Parts
Metal tow cable
Rubber gun mantlet
Posable turrets
Road wheels can be built in a damaged condition...

Keep an eye on the Takom website for more on this and all of their other weird and wonderful kits coming out…