Sunday, June 21, 2009

1:72 scale Red Army (Soviet Union) Tanks

As promised (even though it took so long), I am continuing my review of my 1:72 WWII scale tanks. This time I will be blogging about the Red Army's (Soviet Union) tanks. The Red Army's tanks are my favourite of all tanks in WWII.
Even though the Russians lack the technical sophistication of the Germans or the economical power of the US, they still managed to produce the greatest tank in WWII (according to my opinion), the T 34.
My tanks are from Dragon Armor, Forces of Valor & Easy Model (Trumpet) Ground Armor. Each company has its pro and cons and you can read about it in my earlier post.

T 34
The T-34 tank was produced from 1940 to 1958. It is widely regarded as having been the world's best tank when the Soviet Union became involved in World War II.
At its introduction, it was the tank with the best balanced attributes of firepower, mobility, protection and ruggedness. It also had sloped armour which was more likely to deflect anti-armour rounds than perpendicular armour.
The T-34 often symbolises the effectiveness of the Soviet's counterattack against the Germans.

T-34/76 Mod. 1940, Eastern Front 1941 by Dragon

T-34/76 Mod. 1942, 30th Guards Tank Brigade
"Leningradets #116", Leningrad Front, Winter 1944 by Dragon

T-34/76 by Easy Model

By up arming the T-34 with a long barrelled 85 mm tank gun,
the T-34/85 was created. Basically it is the T-34 with more

T-34/85 by Easy Model

KV-1 Tank
The Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tanks were a series of Soviet heavy tanks, named after the Soviet defense commissar and politician Kliment Voroshilov. The KV series were known for their extremely heavy armour protection, which was capable of resisting all German anti-tank weapons up to 75 mm and 88 mm calibre.

KV-1 Tank, 1942, Heavy Tank Regiment by Easy Model

KV-1 Tank, 1941 by Easy Model

KV-2 Tank
The KV-2 was a variant of the KV-1 tank
It was a heavy assault tank with the M-10 152 mm howitzer.
Due to the size of its heavy turret and gun, the KV-2 was slower and had a much higher profile than the KV-1. The extra weight also increased the breakdown rate of the vehicle and production was soon halted. The original KV-2 was built on the chassis of the KV-1

KV-2 Model 1939 Tank by Easy Model

SU-85M Tank Destroyer
The SU-85 was a self-propelled gun used during World War II, based on the chassis of the T-34 medium tank. Earlier Soviet self-propelled guns were meant to serve as either assault guns, such as the SU-122, or as mobile anti-tank weapons; the SU-85 fell into the latter category. The designation SU-85 is derived as follows: 'SU' stands for the Russian: Samokhodnaya Ustanovka - self-propelled carriage, while "85" signifies the bore of the vehicle's armament, the 85 mm D-5T gun.
The SU-85 entered combat in August 1943. It saw active service in Soviet, Polish and Czechoslovak forces on the Eastern Front until the end of the war. It was obsolescent by 1945.

SU-85M Tank Destroyer by Dragon

The SU-122 (SU-122 stands for Samokhodnaya Ustanovka 122 mm) was a self-propelled howitzer used during World War II. The number "122" in the designation represents the caliber of the main armament—a 122 mm M-30S howitzer.

Su-122 Assault Gun by Forces of Valor

Red Army's tanks on the roll in the cold of winter

Charge! For the Mother Land!


LEon said...

Bro. How big are these tanks? Pre painted? Model kit? Impressive collection you have there.

cosmicbaby said...

Impressive collection! Very nice close up pictures! Do you only collect soviet tanks... or there is more to come :)

Tony said...

Nice collection; but when you do a review, you should talk about the actual toy product, not give brief info on the tank, which anyone can find on wiki. I think readers of toy blogs tend to be interested in reading how good or bad the toy is - detail, paintjob, accuracy, defects etc...

desmond said...

A lot of tanks you have there...

Little Plastic Man said...

Leon - The tanks are 1:72 scale, a bit smaller than a 3.45" scale Star Wars figure lying down. Yup they are all pre painted...I can't do model kits for nuts!

Cosmicbaby - Thanks...I collect mostly WW2 tanks so I also have US, Soviet, Germany etc. However the market seems to be flooded with tanks from Germany & US. BTW I also reviewed my US Tanks before (

Tony - Thanks for the feedback, appreciate it as it will help improve my blog. However I did talk about the pros and cons in my earlier post ( and since the Soviet's tanks were from the same companies that did the US tanks I just decided to link my previous post to this...:)

Des - I have even more...German tanks next!

Dennis aka Katsuden said...

These tanks look really awesome! The weathering effect and nose art were realistic and detail. Thx for sharing it!

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