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Panda 1/35 Soviet Heavy Tank Object 279

Posted by pedro.negron on July 24, 2013 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Russian Object  279 later classified as Heavy Tank was developed in 1957 at the Kirov Plant in Leningrad by L. Troyanov, engineer in charge of prototype tank design.

The massive main gun was a 103mm calibre with a muzzle velocity of 1000 m/s, for the 33 kg armor-piercing tracer shell, and a maximum armor penetration of 450 mm of rolled homogeneous armour (RHA) at 90°.

Notable is the four-band design (two pairs) to lower the ground pressure of this heavy vehicle, probably the only one of its kind in the history of combat tanks. It had great tractability in snowy and swampy terrain. The hull was covered by a thin elliptical shield protecting it against HEAT ammunition and preventing it from overturning by the shock wave of a nuclear explosion.

The project was abandoned in the late 1957.

The only sample of this unlikely vehicle is today (2002) exhibited at the Kubinka Armour Museum 50 km outside Moscow.

Where to buy?

On America we hear that  Pacific Coast Models have it for preorder.