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Plastic Models

1:32 A6M2b Zero Model 21 (Zecke)

SKU: 300060317

Article number: 300060317 Product: 1:32 Mits.A6M2b ZERO Fighter 21

About the Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero Fighter Model 21 (Zeke)

The Japanese Zero Fighter plane was widely feared and respected by friend, foe and all who came into contact with it. A triumph of aerodynamic engineering and military science, the Zero Model 21 served in the skies across East Asia during early stages of World War II, contributing immensely to the Japanese war effort. It remains today an enduring symbol of that fierce and globe-spanning conflict.

About the model

•1/32 scale assembly kit of the Model 21 Zero Fighter. Length: 283mm, Width: 375mm. •Accurately reproduced curved cowling and fuselage are modeled from slide molding to accurately depict rivets and surface texture. •Realistically replicated Nakajima "Sakae" type 12 engine features propeller reduction unit, exhaust pipe and other detailed parts. •Both folded and extended wing tips included and can be used interchangeably even after assembly. •Durable and precision detailed metal parts depict landing gear system and pitot tube. •Seat belt incorporates photo-etched parts for extra realism. •Retractable landing gears increase display possibilities, while allowing model to be easily stored in package after assembly. •Features movable landing gears, rudder and flaps. •Includes standing and seated pilot figures and seven types of markings for planes which participated in Pearl Harbor attack. •Includes parts to depict any variation of Mitsubishi and Nakajima-built Zero Model 21. •Comes with wheel chocks and access steps. Includes posable display stand.

A6M2b Zero Model 21 (Zeke)

1:32 McDonell D. F-4EJ Phantom II

SKU: 300060314

Article number: 300060314 Product: 1:32 McDonell D. F-4EJ Phantom II

The F-4 Phantom II deployed to U.S. Navy and Marine units in the 1950's displayed such superior maneuverability and performance that it came to be used by a total of 11 other western nations. The F-4 deployed to JASDF squadrons since 1973 was designated F-4EJ, and had been based on the U.S. Air Force F-4E. Changes made for the F-4EJ included removal of ground attack control equipment such as weapons and bomb delivery systems and the addition of modern electronic equipment including a data link system and radar warning receiver. The F-4EJ came equipped with a 20mm Vulcan canon affixed under the nose, and AIM-7E Sparrow and AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles. In the late 80's the F-4EJ was refurbished with the latest electronic equipment and new radar. With the JASDF celebrating its 50th anniversary, the F-4EJ continues to serve on the front line maintaining its reputation for reliability.

About the Model

•Highly detailed 1/32 scale assembly kit of the F-4EJ Phantom II of the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) •Overall length: 600mm, Overall width: 368mm. •All unique aspects of the JASDF F-4EJ, including specially developed instrument panel, have been accurately reproduced. •Large parts such as wings and fuselage are secured using small screws. •Nose made from transparent parts allowing display of intricately detailed 20mm Vulcan gun and radar. •Die-cast landing gear and synthetic rubber tires •4 sets of AIM-7E Sparrow medium-range and AIM-9L Sidewinder short-range missiles •2 pilot figures included •Markings for 10 planes representing all 6 JASDF squadrons.

F-4EJ Phantom II JASDF6

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1:32 Grumman F-14A Tomcat Black Knights

SKU: 300060313

Article number: 300060313 Product: 1:32 Grumman F-14A Tomcat Black Knights

About the Grumman F-14A Tomcat "Black Knights"

Ever since its first flight in 1970, the U.S. Navy's F-14 Tomcat has been one of the best top Air Defense Fighter. From 1990, in addition to its role as an interceptor, the F-14A, noted for its long range and superior weapons systems was designated as an air-to-ground strike plane. With this new role, the Tomcat was fitted with a new weapons arsenal. Since 1996, the F-14A employs the AN/AAQ-14 targeting pod, referred to as the LANTIRN. This targeting pod gives the F-14A precision bombing capability by procuring targets for nose-mounted infrared laser or other laser guided weapons. The AN/AAQ-14 targeting pod contains a high-resolution, forward-looking infrared sensor (which displays an infrared image of the target to the pilot), a laser designator-rangefinder for precise delivery of laser-guided munitions, target tracking software, and more. The LANTIRN, combined with GBU-16 and GBU-24 guided bombs, enables precision striking with a minute margin of error from several meters down to tens of centimeters. This precision can be realized at long-range. The VF-154 Black Knights is attached to the USS Kittyhawk, homeported at Yokosuka Harbor, Japan. The Black Knights were formed after WWII, and were deployed to both the Korean and Vietnam War. F-14A were employed with the VF-154 from 1984, and used extensively in Operation Desert Shield during the Gulf War in 1990.

About the model

•Fighter-Bomber Grumman F-14A Tomcat plastic assembly kit. •1/32 Scale •Overall length: 598mm, Overall width: 612mm. •The form of the aircraft has been accurately rendered. •Kit employs metallic parts and screws to make the wing movable. •A full range of armament including Phoenix missiles, GBU-16 and GBU-24 laser guided bombs are provided as well as a AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN targeting pod. •Includes 3 figures, 2 pilots and a catapult officer, and decals for 5 aircraft.

F-14A Tomcat Black Knights

1:32 Bo.F-15E Strike Eagle Bunker Buster

SKU: 300060312

Article number: 300060312 Product: 1:32 Bo.F-15E Strike Eagle Bunker Buster

About the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle w/"Bunker Buster"

The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is regarded as one of the most capable twin-engine air-superiority fighters in the world today. Ever since its maiden flight in July 1972, this record breaking Mach 2.5 fighter has been a yardstick for jet fighter design. In the early 1980's, the Air Force requested McDonnell Douglas to modify their F-15 fighter into a dual-role aircraft to be known as the F-15E "Strike Eagle" for use as an air-to-air fighter, and for air to ground attack missions. This new version was designed to penetrate deep into enemy territory unescorted, and strike military targets with pinpoint accuracy. The strike eagle employs two highly reliable Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engines and was designed specifically as a two-person crew of pilot and weapons system officer. The LANTRIN (Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infra-Red for Night) system enables the Strike Eagle to operate at night and in bad weather. The Strike Eagle can also be employed with up to an 11-ton payload and can carry the GBU-28 Bunker Buster, a guided bomb developed to destroy strengthened underground bunkers. The Strike Eagle was first deployed in December 1989. During the Gulf War in 1991, 2 squadrons of 48 F-15E Strike Eagles demonstrated their power as multi-purpose fighter/attack planes.

About the model

The popular F-15E Strike Eagle (item 60302) was released in 1993. However, since this items release, the F-15E has come to be equipped with a variety of newly developed weapons systems. Following the changes in times and aviation fighting technology Tamiya has modernized its kit to feature accurate replicas of all the latest weapons systems employed by the F-15E Strike Eagle. Includes parts for replication of the GBU-28 "Bunker Buster", as well as AGM-130 and JDAM guided bombs, and ARAAM air-to-air missiles. 1/32 scale, total length 600, total width 404mm. Faithfully

F-15E w/Bunker Buste

1:32 F-4E PHANTOM II EARLY PROD.

SKU: 300060310

Article number: 300060310 Product: 1:32 F-4E PHANTOM II EARLY PROD.

About the McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II Early Production

The F-4E came into production as an improved version of the F-4C/D and was to be the most advanced model of the Phantom series. After elongating the fighter's nose and installing a more compact radar, the solid-state Westinghouse AN/APQ-120, the installation of a nose-mounted gun became possible and a 20mm M61A1 6 barrel Vulcan gun pod was employed. The Vulcan 20mm cannon, with its ammunition drum of approximately 640 rounds, was capable of firing 4000-6000 rounds a minute and proved reliable in air-to-ground and close quarters aerial combat. F-4E made its first flight in June 1967 and entered the rising conflict of the Vietnam War in November 1968 when the first F-4E's reached Korat in Thailand and joined up with the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron. By the time of the cease-fire of 1973 the F-4E was credited with a total of 21 MiG kills, 5 brought down by gunfire alone.

About the Model

•Assembly kit of the early production version of the F-4E Phantom II main fighter of the U.S. Airforce. •Scale: 1/32, fuselage length: 600mm, wingspan: 368mm. The intrepid form of the F-4E Phantom with its characteristically elongated nose, has been accurately reproduced. •Fuselage has been molded as one piece with intricate areas faithfully recreated. Main pieces can be fastened to fuselage with screws. •Plane's nose can be reproduced with clear parts to allow viewing of the details of the 20mm M61A1 6 barrel Vulcan gun pod and AN/APQ-120 radar after model assembly. •Exquisite detail of cockpit and instrument panels portrayed in superb detail. Canopy can be assembled in the open or closed position. •Landing gear reproduced with dye-cast parts and tires are recreated with real rubber. •Parts for recreation of full armament, such as air-to-air missiles, are included in kit. Kit also features pilot and co-pilot figures as well as decals for replication of two

F-4E Phantom ? Early Prod.

1:32 F-4J PHANTOM II MARINES

SKU: 300060308

Article number: 300060308 Product: 1:32 F-4J PHANTOM II MARINES

About the McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II Marines

When test pilot Robert C. Little prepared to take off in the YF4H-1 prototype on May 27, 1958, few onlookers could have guessed at the success story yet to unfold. Over thirty years from that faithful day, the successors of that prototype, the Phantom series of aircraft, would be protecting the skies over the free world and see adoption by eleven nations including the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marines. The Phantom II was developed by McDonnell Douglas and first pitted against Vought's F8U-3 Crusader III to see which aircraft would be the Navy's next main carrier-borne fighter. In 1959, the selection was made in favor of the robust Phantom II. The early production model, the F4H-1F, underwent various tests and training exercises, eventually leading to the F4H-1 model, which was deployed to several Navy and Marine divisions. In 1962, in efforts to unify the names of Navy and Air Force aircraft, the F4H-1F and F4H-1 became designated the F-4A and F-4B respectively.

Just after its adoption by the Navy, the Phantom II showed the world what it was made of, breaking record after record, including top-speed, altitude, and time-to-climb. To top off these results, the U.S. Navy ran Project LANA, a transcontinental speed race. The roman L stood for the number 50, for "50th Anniversary of Naval Aviation". The contest was to demonstrate the Phantom's shocking speed and reach. Based on this impressive track record, and on comparative tests against Air Force fighters at the time, it was decided that the next main fighter of the Air Force would also be the Navy's Phantom II. The F-4B version was specially tailored to the needs of the Air Force, and became designated the F-4C. Further improvements to that aircraft resulted in the F-4D model.

The Navy continued to make improvements to the Phantom II. Mounting the F-4B with an automatic carrier landing system, yet another variant, the F-4G was

F-4J Phantom ? Marines

1:32 Mc Donnell F4 C/D PHANTOM II

SKU: 300060305

Article number: 300060305 Product: 1:32 Mc Donnell F4 C/D PHANTOM II

About the McDonnell F-4C/D Phantom II

In May 1958, the McDonnell F4H-1 Phantom II prototype was rolled out of their facility at Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri. It was a very large aircraft for a fighter and it was not very pretty by aviation standards. It looked like some giant had stepped on its nose and kicked it in the tail; however, it flew on the 27th of that month and is still flying today, 5,195 Phantoms later. From these beginnings until well into the 1970's the F4 Phantom II would be the primary fighter aircraft of the free world.

By 1982 the F4 had fought in 5 major conflicts, nine years in Southeast Asia, twice in the desert of the Middle East and against each other at one time. It was used in every role; Fighter interceptor, Fighterbomber, Reconnaissance, Tanker and Drone. They specialized in attack roles as Wild Weasel defense suppression and laser designator bombers. They also defeated the best aircraft that the opposition could put against it. The only time it lost was when pitted against another F4, during the Greek-Turkey conflict. With the U.S. Navy in the headlines everyday with this new interceptor, the American Defense Department ordered competitive tests be flown against the best aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory. Convair's F-106 Delta Dart was selected to fly against the Navy's Phantom II, and the Phantom easily won top speed, low-level speed, altitude, plus the unrefueled range and radar range. Following this flyoff, much to the disgust and embarrassment of the Air Force, it was decided that the next Air Force fighter would be this U.S. Navy design. It would at first supplement, then totally replace the Air Force F100; F102; F104 and F105 strike and interceptor aircraft. Under the designation F110A, the Air Force Phantom II was basically a Navy-4B airframe with changes made to meet Air Force requirements. Following the F-4C, which was essentially the same aircraft as the designated F110A, the F-4

F-4 C/D Phantom II

1:32 Mc Donnell DOUGLAS F-15 EAGL

SKU: 300060304

Art.Nr.: 300060304 Product: 1:32 Mc Donnell DOUGLAS F-15 EAGL

About the McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle

At one time during the missile boom years, the U.S. Air Force believed future air battles could be decided by air-to-air missiles rather than guns in the traditional dog-fighting manner. The need for air superiority weapons was relearned during the Vietnam Conflict and led to an Air Force requirement for an all-weather, single-seat, twin-engined fighter. This aircraft was to optimize counter-air operations.

The U.S. Air Force requested several manufacturers to study and develop prototypes during the late 1960's under the FX program (Fighter Experimental). McDonnell Douglas was awarded a contract to develop the F-15 Eagle jet fighter in December 1969. The Eagle's advanced aerodynamic design greatly reduced drag at both the low and high lift configurations, and achieved superior maneuverability during varying flight conditions.

Making its maiden flight in July 1972, it was deployed in November 1974 as the F-15A Eagle, and had been in active service since then. It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney F100 afterburning turbofan engines developed exclusively for the for the F-15, and is capable of speeds in the Mach 2.5 range. The F-15 can carry a heavy load of devastating weapons, including the internally mounted 20mm M61A-1 Vulcan cannon, with 940 rounds of ammo, the AIM-7 Sparrow radar guided missile and AIM9 Sidewinder short range air-to-air missile. In 1979 an upgraded version of the Eagle was introduced as the F-15C. One notable change was the increase in fuel capacity, but even more fuel was made possible by the conformal fuel tanks, which snuggle between the wings and up against the jet inlet ramps. This increase in fuel capacity enables the Eagle to expand long range operations, such as escorting AWACS and strike aircraft to their targets. The Landing gear has been reinforced to accept the extra fuel weight, allowing a maximum take-off weight of 68,000 lbs (30844 kg). The F100 Pratt &

F-15C Eagle

Stegosaurus Stenops

SKU: 300060202

Mesozoic Creatures

SKU: 300060107

Chasmosaurus Diorama

SKU: 300060101

Kubelwagen Type82 Africa Corps

SKU: 300036202

1/35 M10 IIC Achilles

SKU: 300035366

Article number: 300035366 Product: 1/35 M10 IIC Achilles

Here is the British Achilles tank destroyer, which appears in Tamiya 1/35 scale for the first time! The Achilles was a modification of the M10s which Britain received from the U.S., with the original 3-inch main gun replaced by the fearsome British 17 pounder. The vast majority of M10s were the M10 IIC variant, which was based upon the late-production M10 with distinctive enlarged turret-rear counterweight. Around 1,000 were produced between Spring 1944 and the end of WWII, the Allied forces making good use of it after the Normandy landings, benefiting from the power of the gun which allowed it to tear through Tiger I front armor.

About the Model

- This is a 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit.
- In-depth study of the real thing has enabled this highly accurate scale depiction of the Achilles.
- Features newly-molded parts depicting the upper hull with its sloped armor, late production M10 turret counterweight, and long 17pdr gun.
- Interior features excellent detail, including depictions of shell racks and multi-part 17pdr gun breech.
- Comes with 3 full body figures – gunner and loader seated in the fighting compartment, and commander seated on the turret edge –
  plus a driver torso figure. All are brand new!
- Lower hull, suspension, wheel and track parts are carried over from the acclaimed Tamiya 1/35 model of the M10 that served as the Achilles’ base.
- New sprocket wheel parts depict late M10 components.
- 2 planned marking options depict 93rd Anti-Tank Regiment (Italy, 1944) and 75th Anti-Tank Regiment (NW Europe) vehicles.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1/35 M551 Sheridan (Vietnam)

SKU: 300035365

Article number: 300035365 Product: 1/35 M551 Sheridan (Vietnam)

Vietnam Campaigner The lightweight M551 Sheridan was designed as an airliftable tank, a cutting-edge design with aluminum alloy hull and powerful 152mm gun/launcher. Work began on it in 1959, and it was officially adopted in May 1966, with 1,600 produced by November 1970. Its first taste of live action came in the Vietnam War, fulfilling both shelling and offensive roles in a punishing environment, and it would also go on to serve in the Gulf War conflict. Experience taught valuable lessons on the use of the Sheridan, and led to reinforced armor to combat land mines, while some were given a wire netting RPG screen for protection from anti-tank rockets, and even the large gun shield from the M113 ACAV.

About the Model

★This is a 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit of the M551 Sheridan.
 Length: 185mm, width: 80mm.
★A highly accurate rendering of the powerful form with 152mm gun/launcher based on extensive research of the actual Sheridan.
★Authentically captures a Vietnam War vehicle, with optional chain link anti-RPG net and gun shield. ★Choose open or closed rotating driver's hatch.
★Assembly type tracks feature one-piece straight sections.
★Nylon mesh is included to recreate anti-RPG net and engine grille mesh.
★Clear parts recreate periscope components.
★Comes with commander and loader figures, plus torso driver figure.
★2 Vietnam War marking options are included.

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

Leclerc Series 2

SKU: 300035362

Article number: 300035362 Product: Leclerc Series 2

• This is a 1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 306mm.
• Road wheels now come as molded plastic components. Please note that other parts are features remain the same as on Item 35279, except for slightly updated instructions and package.
• The Leclerc is captured with exceptional detail, including Series 2 specific smoke dischargers, stowage boxes, short and long snorkels, and air conditioning unit.
• French developed 120mm smoothbore gun with thermal sleeve is accurately reproduced.
• Clear parts recreate headlights, taillights and periscope lenses.
• Rear hull includes finely detailed engine grille and surface imperfections reproducing the non-slip finish of the actual tank. Other details include tow cable, external fuel tank, fuel tank pipe stay and fuel tank stays.
• Commander's post features rotating sight and a commander figure.
• Features 4 marking options, three in the 3-color NATO camouflage, and one in desert colors. See next page.
• Compatible with Item 35280, a dedicated photo-etched parts set for the Tamiya 1/35 Leclerc Series 2.

With 4 marking options included (these are unchanged from those in Item 35279):

Option A: 2nd Armored Brigade, 6th - 12th Cuirassier Regiment, 3/6 Squadron, France 2004

Option B: 2nd Armored Brigade, 6th - 12th Cuirassier Regiment, Rapid Reaction Platoon, France 2004

Option C: 2nd Armored Brigade, 6th - 12th Cuirassier Regiment, 1/12 Squadron, France 2004

Option D: Technical Section of the French Armée de Terre (Army), Qatar 1998

 

Warning! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

1/35 US M10 Mid Production

SKU: 300035350

Article number: 300035350 Product: 1/35 US M10 Mid Production

This is a model of the famed M10 Tank Destroyer, a subject also covered in the 1/48 scale Military Miniature series. This largely newly-tooled model (only machine gun and clear parts are taken over from existing models) gives it the glorious detail of the larger 1/35 scale. The astonishing success of German armor tactics in 1940 prompted U.S. forces to adopt a doctrine requiring dedicated new tank destroyers to counter them. After going down a few different design routes at the start of the process, they eventually hit upon the highly successful M10 design with well-sloped (if rather thin, to keep the vehicle light and maneuverable) armor plate, and the highly capable 3-inch (76.2mm) gun. Over 4,900 were produced, and took part in Operation Torch (the invasion of N. Africa), as well as fighting in Italy and the advance upon Germany that would bring the exhausting conflict to a close.

About the model

1/35 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 196mm, width: 88mm. Intensive study and measurement of the M10 in the tank museum at Saumur led to this highly detailed depiction of its form complete with sloped armor, right down to auxiliary armor bosses. The open top on the distinctive turret allows viewing of the 3-inch gun breech and realistic interior. Compare and contrast depictions of surface textures such as the cast mantlet and differential cover versus the welded armor plate of the turret sides and upper hull. Belt-type parts recreate T51 tracks. Driver's hatch can be attached in open or closed position, and features periscope depiction. Comes with 3 figures (commander, loader, gunner) in realistic pose, plus 2 marking options for recreating M10s belonging to the 601st and 634th U.S. Tank Destroyer Battalions

1/35 Sherman Easy8 EuroTheater

SKU: 300035346

Article number: 300035346 Product: 1/35 Sherman Easy8 EuroTheater

This is an all-new kit designed by Tamiya's top designers which recreates the "Easy Eight" variant of the legendary Sherman medium tank. The M4A3E8 was known fondly as the "Easy Eight" by its crews, thanks to the relatively smooth drive afforded by its Horizontal Volute Spring Suspension (HVSS). Another distinguishing feature was its 76mm gun. Some of the 2,500 examples produced were in time to appear in the Battle of the Bulge (Dec. 1944-Jan. 1945), and others even served in the Korean War years after the Allied WWII triumph. Movie buffs will no doubt also recall that the "Easy Eight" was the star of the 2014 hit film "Fury."

THE TAMIYA-DESIGNED M4A3E8 KEY FEATURES

Slide molded turret and upper hull parts give an unbeatable combination of hassle-free assembly and highly realistic detail levels. Cast metal turret and welded hull surface textures are rendered accurately.

The rear showcases sharp, detailed molding on engine grilles and exhausts, as well as the numerous accessories depicted by the kit.

Clear parts are used to recreate light lens and cupola vision block parts, further upping the realism of this kit.

The single-pin T66 tracks are recreated with minimum fuss and great accuracy, by the included belt-type tracks. Drive sprockets feature fine holes.

A commander figure in realistic pose is provided for the cupola. The periscope seen on the hatch underside is depicted using separate parts.

Technical data: Scale: 1/35 Length: 214 mm Width: 86 mm

1/35 Panther Ausf.D

SKU: 300035345

1:35 U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams TUSK II

SKU: 300035326

Article number: 300035326 Product: 1:35 U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams TUSK II

During the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, the U.S. deployed its latest M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks and these continued to be used in Iraq during the subsequent occupation period. Due to the threats posed by RPGs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the urban environments, the tanks were upgraded with more protection in the form of Tank Urban Survival Kits (TUSK I) in 2004. The upgrade included features such as reactive armor on the hull sides, hull underside armor to protect against land mines, an M2 machine gun mounted above the main gun barrel, infrared cameras for the crew, and an external telephone for communication with accompanying infantry. A further development called TUSK II added features such as tile-shaped reactive armor to the turret and hull sides, armored shield for the commander, and a rear-view camera. These kits could be installed in field depots in about 12 hours and different tanks had different features equipped.

About the Model

• 1/35 scale plastic assembly model kit of the latest M1A2 SEP Abrams.
• Includes parts to depict both TUSK I and TUSK II features.
• Detailed parts such as the armored shields for the commander and loader and barrel-mounted M2 machine gun are included.
• Intricate curves of the reactive armor tiles are accurately reproduced.
• Comes with one commander and one loader figure, both depicted with body armor.
• Two marking options for TUSK I and one marking option for TUSK II-equipped tanks included.

1:35 Iraqi Main Battle Tank T-55 Enigma

SKU: 300035324

Article number: 300035324 Product: 1/35 Iraqi Main Battle Tank T-55 Enigma

The above images are test shots of the sprues for this kit. Once the kit becomes production, we will update these pictures.

Iraq's T-54/55 Tanks

Iraq was a major operator of T-54/55 series tanks and ordered their first 250 T-54s from the former Soviet Union in 1958, followed by 50 more in 1965. Many of these were lost during the Yom Kippur War so 300 T-55s were ordered in 1973. Other purchases followed: 50 and 400 T-55s from the surplus stocks of East Germany and Poland respectively in 1980; 250 T-55s and 150 TR-580s (Romanian version of the T-55) from Egypt and Romania respectively in 1981; another 400 T-55s, including some Czech-built examples, from the former Soviet Union in 1981; and about 1,500 Type 59 and Type 69 tanks were bought from China during the 1980s.

Iraq 'Enigma"

Since the T-54/55s were introduced ill the period after WWII, the basic design was becoming obsolete by the 1980s. Many countries thus developed upgrades in order to modernize the T-55 and Iraq was no exception. Although the official Iraqi designation is not known, their upgraded variant was called T-55 "Enigma" by Coalition forces during the 1991 Gulf War. This Iraqi variant focused on armor upgrades and was likely modeled after the T-55AM, which featured extra armor blocks on the glacis and turret. The Enigma expanded on this to also include armor blocks on the sides of the hull and the rear of the turret. These blocks were made up of armor plates welded into boxes to create a sort of spaced armor and they were then attached to the hull and turret. Two large blocks with holes to allow access to the tow hooks were bolted to the glacis, with the left block positioned lower to aid the driver's field of vision. A smaller armor block was installed on the front section of each mudguard and eight other blocks were mounted along each side of the hull. Two sets of four armor blocks curved along the front and sides of the turret, with the f

1:35 WWII US Tank T26E4 Super Pershing

SKU: 300035319

Article number: 300035319 Product: 1:35 WWII US Tank T26E4 Super Pershing

About the M26 Pershing Development of what would become the M26 Pershing began in 1942. It was to be a replacement for the M4 Sherman, which was the standard U.S. Army tank at the time, and features such as a lower profile hull and cast turret were incorporated during the development process of the various prototypes. This eventually culminated in the T26E1 prototype armed with the 90mm M3 gun, and from that stemmed the production version which was called the T26E3. The first T26E3s were sent to Europe in January 1944, and as they were deployed to the battlefield, they were re-designated M26. Although over 300 reached the theater before the end of the war, only 20 actually saw combat. In these limited actions, the M26s proved capable of defeating the German Panther and Tiger tanks they were designed to counter.

About the T26E4 "Super Pershing" Although the standard M26 Pershing's 90mm M3 gun was powerful, it was not on par with the German King Tiger heavy tank's gun. Thus the T15E1 90mm gun, which was larger in caliber and fired a one-piece shell at a higher muzzle velocity, was developed. This gun was fitted onto a modified T26E1 prototype, and featured cylindrical stabilizers mounted on the turret to cope with the longer length of the gun barrel. This was the first "Super Pershing" and it was sent to Europe as well, where it was involved in just a handful of engagements against German tanks. The second "Super Pershing" was created by modifying a T26E3. This was designated T26E4 and was armed with a T15E2 90mm gun that fired a two-piece ammunition and a redesigned gun mount to eliminate the need for the stabilizers. This pre-production T26E4 "Super Pershing" was not sent to Europe. The modifications that were tested on this pre-production T26E4 were incorporated into the actual production-spec T26E4s, of which 25 were built before production was canceled

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