About the T-34 Model 1943:
The most produced tank in history, the Soviet T-34/76 has seen decades of use across the world. In service since World War II, the T-34 was designed after the signing of the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact. Knowing that a future confrontation with Germany was likely, Stalin used this time to evaluate German armor technology and instructed his tank engineers to design something that could defeat German panzers.
Soviet experience in the Spanish Civil War (1935) and at Khalkhin Gol (1939) heavily influenced the development of the T-34. A simple design, the T-34 combined the speed and maneuverability of Soviet light tanks (BT-7, T-26) with adequate firepower to take on German panzers. As the project was kept secret, German commanders had little knowledge of the T-34 until Operation Barbarossa. When Panzer III and IV commanders first encountered the T-34, they were horrified to find that their shells bounced right off the sloped armor of the tank.
Historical accounts put the T-34 at almost every crucial engagement on the Eastern Front including the defense of Moscow, the counteroffensive at Stalingrad, and at the Battle of Kursk. The simple design of the T-34 allowed Soviet factories to produce massive numbers for the battlefield. Although less powerful than Panthers and Tigers, the sheer number of T-34s made up for this disparity. It is estimated that 60,000–70,000 T-34s were produced during the war.
As parts and ammunition are still available today, several nations still maintain small numbers of this iconic Soviet tank. Multiple online sources in 2017 recorded the use of T-34s in conflicts across both Yemen and Syria.
- Crew: 4
- Engine: V-2-34 V-12 diesel
- Speed: 33 mph (53 km/h)
- Range: 290 mi (465 km)
- Armament: 76mm (3 inch) L-40 gun, 2x 7.62 machine guns
Additional information about this Brickmania building kit:
The T-34 Model 1943 kit comes with the following features
- Rotating turret
- Elevating 76mm gun
- Several opening hatches
- Brickmania Track Links
- 1/35th scale to match other Brickmania products
All Brickmania model kits are made of new-condition LEGO bricks. This model comes disassembled and includes complete printed building instructions and comes packaged in a sealed box. This is a limited-edition kit and production may be discontinued at any time.