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1/35 Military Miniature Series No.257 (ITEM 35257)



T-55A

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Tamiya presents the Russian Medium Tank T-55 of which about 10,000 units, including T-54, that served as a base for its development, and derivatives were produced during the Cold War era as a 1/35 scale plastic model. Every characteristic of this tank, low-profile hull, and compact hemispherical turret, powerful main gun, has been accurately reproduced. Details such as welding lines, cast iron appearance, 12.7mm anti-aircraft machinegun and protective cover on tank commander have been crisply molded. This historically important tank is a must-have for any post WWII era tank collector.

About the T-55A
T-55 production began in 1958, as opposition between western countries and the Soviet Union grew. It was easy to produce and featured an oblique front hull wall, a compact hull and a semi-spherical turret to limit vulnerability. The T-55 was also well armed with a 100mm main gun. In the early 60's, the T-55A with anti-radiation internal liner and anti-radiation cover on the tank commander cupola was developed. T-55 and T-55A were also license built by Czechoslovakia and Poland and some received various improved equipment resulting in many sub-types. T-55 production continued until the late 70's and equipped the armies of over 40 countries. It was used in various wars such as the Middle-East Wars and the Gulf War and is still in service today in some countries.

About the model
Tamiya presents the 1/35 scale plastic assembly kit of the Russian Medium Tank T-55A. The unique form of this tank has been accurately replicated. You can choose between several versions, with or without a DShK-M anti-aircraft machinegun, of the T-55 and T-55A. You will also be able to represent Polish or Czechoslovakian built versions. Every characteristic of the T-55A such as the engine grills and external fuel tanks has been reproduced down to the finest details. One tank crew chief figure and decals for 5 different markings are included.


Post WWII era Soviet tank evolution

The main characteristic of the T-55 is its low-profile style. Starting with T-34, this concept of "the most compact hull size possible coupled with the most powerful gun possible" became a tradition in Soviet tank designed and kept being improved. T-34/76 and its improved version T-34/85, KV-1B and its successor JS-3 designs served as bases to develop the T-55 which in turn influenced the construction of the 115mm smooth-bore gun equipped T-62 and the more powerful T-72. All these tanks are now available in Tamiya's Military Miniature Series and by collecting them all, you will be able to retrace post WWII era Soviet tank evolution.
T34/76 Russian Tank T-34/76 1943 Production Model
ITEM 35059
*Limited release


In service: 1942 Main gun: Caliber 30.5, 76.2mm gun Engine: Diesel (500hp) Armor thickness: 45mm Crew: 4
T34/85 Russian Medium Tank T-34/85
ITEM 35138
*Limited release


In service: 1944 Main gun: Caliber 54.6, 85mm gun Engine: Diesel (500hp) Armor thickness: 75mm Crew: 5
KV-1B Russian Tank KV-1B
ITEM 35142
*Limited release


In service: 1941 Main gun: Caliber 41.5, 76.2mm gun Engine: Diesel (500hp) Armor thickness: 110mm Crew: 5
JS-3 Stalin Russian Heavy Tank JS-3 Stalin
ITEM 35211

In service: 1945 Main gun: Caliber 43, 122mm gun Engine: Diesel (520hp) Armor thickness: 120mm Crew: 5
T-55A Russian Medium Tank T-55A
ITEM 35257

In service: 1958 Main gun: Caliber 56, 100mm gun Engine: Diesel (580hp) Armor thickness: 210mm Crew: 4
T-62A Russian Tank T-62A
ITEM 35108

In service: 1962 Main gun: Caliber 62, 115mm smooth-bore gun Engine: Diesel (580hp) Armor thickness: 240mm Crew: 4
T72M1 Russian Army Tank T-72M1
ITEM 35160

In service: 1974 Main gun: 125mm smooth-bore gun Engine: Diesel (780hp) Armor thickness: 500-560mm Crew: 3


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