sabato 24 novembre 2012

T-26 soviet tanks and other Vickers derivatives

The Vickers 6-ton tank, sometimes known as Vickers E, was a very successful vehicle from the late '20s - early '30s. Some countries bought it in small quantities, and some other developed their own versions.
The original design was really modern for its age, but had become obsolete at the start of ww2, and so happened to its derivatives.

Above we have the usual family picture, showing from left to right the polish 7TP, two variants of T-26 (model 1933 and model 1939) and the italian M13/40.

The 7TP had already been depicted in an old post, so not much more to say here about the kit.
As for the tank, it was slow and not much armoured, but had a decent gun and in 1939 was superior to most german tanks as firepower. It was very similar to the original Vickers tank, apart the turret and the engine compartment which was bigger.

The italian M13/40 wasn't an exact copy of the Vickers model, but clearly was heavily inspired by it - through the earlier and even less effective M11/39. It too was slow and poorly armoured, but anyway was the best of the family as firepower and protection. Well it was developed 10 years later than its ancestor, so no wonder it was at least slightly better.
The M13/40 was featured in a long post not much time ago. 

The T-26 model 1933 (photo above) was almost the same as the Vickers tank, but had different weaponry.
The original Vickers 6-ton had two variants, one with two small turrets each one armed with a machinegun, and one with a single turret armed with a short 47 mm gun and a coaxial mg. The soviet chose both the versions, but then developed only the single turret variant, which had first a long 37 mm gun, and then the 45 mm showed above, possibly the best AT gun of its age. In time the turret was improved, the one in the picture is the earlier smaller one - quite similar to that of the 7TP, by the way.

The kit is by UM (ex-Skif), and is very detailed, but also very difficult to put together. Some pieces are made in photoetched metal, and there are no plastic replacements. These parts are quite a pain to work with, and I simply left the smaller ones out. The turret is plastic, but the surface detail is two separate PE parts: it's a pain to attach the bigger one to the turret, but I have to admit it improves very much the look of the tank.
The tracks are possibly the worst part of the kit - but the easiest to put together. They come as rubbery (ethylene?) rings, lack most of the detail but are very easy to put on. 

Overall a nice kit, but a very difficult one to work with - not good for wargaming, but a good basis for a nice display model - apart the tracks of course. 

Above we have the latest variant of the T-26 series, the model 1939.
This variant had a bigger turret, and had in some places thicker armour; other improvements were meant to reduce manufacturing time, not to increase combat effectiveness. The T-26 series, even if it is much underrated, was really important, being manufactured in the number of 10.000 or even 12.000.

The kit (again from Skif / UM) is basically the same as above, but with some different details and a different turret. The same things can be said about it: nice detail but a lot of effort needed. The turret may be bigger, but has much less detail than the other one. The model 1939 usually had a machinegun in the rear of the turret, but I heard it wasn't universal - indeed this kit doesn't have it. The camouflage is very odd, I found it in several sources and I liked it, it seems it was an experimental pattern used only during training right before the war, so it's definitely not typical. 

5 commenti:

  1. Nice painting. These are great tanks, nice to see some early war stuff getting a bit of coverage. Cool post

  2. Thanks! I really like early war, a great part of my collection is about the years between 1939 and 1942. More posts about them will follow in the next weeks.

  3. really nice paint ups.yes early war stuff is best, before the big, heavy nasties showed up.

    1. Thank! I like also late war stuff, but early war has a better "feeling" in my opinion, not only regarding tanks but also planes - and you have many little nations involved. Some of the "smaller" armies have a lot of charme in my opinion, in particular the polish.

  4. Giano, I've nominated you for a Liebster. Your approach to the blog and the vehicles is excellent. Top Banana!