MiniArt T-44 in development

The secret is out, MiniArt are making a 1/35 T-44. There are a couple of resin kits on the market, but this is the first time anyone has done one of these in plastic. You really need to watch the video!

The details mentioned in the video are:

  • Kit #35193
  • working torsion bars
  • everything you need in the one box
  • sliding molds
  • highly detailed
  • workable tracks
  • fully detailed fighting compartment
  • detailed engine compartment
  • new release
  • 768 parts in total
  • 659 plastic parts
  • 94 photo etch parts
  • 15 clear parts
  • 10 decal options

The T-44 is a medium tank first produced near the end of the World War II by the Soviet Union. It was the successor to the T-34, offering improved ride and cross-country performance and much greater armor. Designed to be equipped with a powerful 85 mm main gun, by the time it was fully tested the T-34 had also moved to this weapon. Both tanks offered similar performance, so introducing the T-44 was not considered as important as increasing T-34 production. Fewer than 2,000 T-44s were built, compared to about 84,000 T-34s. Although the T-44 was available by the end of the war, they were not used in combat.

Attempts were made to improve the T-44’s armament with a new 122 mm gun, but the turret proved very cramped and the rate of fire was poor, on the order of three rounds per minute. Another attempt with a 100 mm gun seemed more promising although a number of additional changes would be needed to make a truly effective design. Design work on a slightly enlarged version of the T-44 began during the war and a prototype was produced in 1945. This newer design entered production in 1947 as the T-54/55 series of medium tanks, the most-produced tank of all time.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International
Scifiantasy

Categories: MBI NEWS

Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.

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