The Russian T-55A tank is an upgraded version of the T-54 tank, introduced during the years following the Second World War. The T-55A eventually became the main tank for armored units of the Soviet Army, armies of the Warsaw Pact countries, and have seen in service with many of the world’s armed conflicts since the later part of the 20th century. The t-55A is armed with a D-1oT 100 mm rifled main gun, a 7.62mm SGMT coaxial machine gun, and a 12.7 mm DShK heavy machine gun on the turret.
Takom‘s 1/35 Russian T-55A 3in1 kit consists of 14 light grey polystyrene sprues, a slide molded lower hull and turret, 1 clear plastic sprue, 2 PE frets, a metal cable, and individual track links. The kit features a highly detailed slide molded lower hull featuring crisp details and weld lines. The turret’s accurate weld lines around the main gun’s mantle and cast texture are realistically reproduced.
The kit features crisp details as can be seen on the subtle cast surface texture, realistic looking weld lines, separately molded fuel lines, casting lines on the rubber rims, and the the highly detailed vinyl dust cover for the main gun’s mantlet. Clear plastic parts are included for the headlights, and periscopes. A metal cable is included to replicate the tow cable. The PE fret contain parts for the engine deck and grills, fender brackets, main searchlight armored cover, and various small details.
The kit can be built as one of three versions with the various included parts, such as the intakes’ armored covers, and both the commander’s and gunner’s copulas on the roof. The modeller can choose building the kit as either the early or late Russian version, or as the Czech version.
5 marking options are included in the kit depicting an early Russian T-55 unit in Afghanistan, 1 DDR German T-55 unit, 1 Iraqi T-55 unit during the 1991 Gulf war, 1 Czechoslovakian unit, and Croatia’s “MARINA” unit during the 1995 Balkans War.