In 1935, the last of the Soviet cavalry tanks, the
BT-7, were produced. This Russian tank incorporated features from tanks
designed by the American engineer, Walter Christie. The "BT" in the
name stands for "Bystrokhodny Tank" which means fast tank. The coil
spring suspension system, which was designed by Walter Christie, and
powerful engine allowed this tank to reach an on-road speed of 31mph.
To enhance speed and mobility, the tracks could be removed so that the
vehicle would operate on-road with only the wheels. The BT-7 featured a
47mm gun, 7.62mm DT machine gun, sloped frontal armor, and a Model
M-17T (V-2 at BT-7m engine. The sloped armor was used in later tanks
such as the T-34l. An estimated 4,700 BT-7 tanks were produced from 1935
to 1939. The tanks were used during the Spanish Civil War, in battles
against the Japanese forces in Mongolia and on the Eastern Fronts.
large-pitch simple tracks are reproduced as link-type assembly tracks
which include one-piece straight sections. Suspension features a
Headlight lens and vision guard on the driver's hatch are made from clear parts to enhance realism.
Length: 161mm, Width: 65mm.
Distinct style of the tank including sloped armor on the front
section and dynamic road wheels have been realistically reproduced.
Double-layered structure of the hull sides and the mechanically-complicated suspension feature a rich finish.
A tank equipped with a frame antenna can also be assembled.
Photo-etched parts and realistic metal towing chain included. A convenient jig to bend the parts is also included.
A commander and tank crew figure holding a premission briefing with a map are included to provide a sense of tension. (Total 2)
Markings to depict BT-7 tanks seen at the Eastern front lines and in Mongolia included.(Total 5)