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Tank BT-7 on a Biaxial 20-Ton Railway Platform (Short - 6.6m) 1/72 Scale UMT 693

Theme: Armored Vehicles

Era : 1919-1938

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Military Transport

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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BT-7 is a Soviet wheeled-tracked light tank of the period 1930-1940s. The third tank of the family of Soviet light tanks BT ("Fast tank"). Unlike its predecessors BT-2 and BT-5, it had a slightly modified welded hull and a new engine. The armament of the BT-7 is similar to the BT-5 tank. It was produced, like the BT-5, in a version with a radio station and without a radio station. A total of 5763 units (4800 BT-7 units, 155 BT-7A units, 790 BT-7M units and 18 Finnish BT-42 units) were produced.

In January 1933, when work was underway on the design documentation of the BT-5 tank, the tank design bureau (“department 520”) of the Kharkov plant received an assignment to develop a new tank, which was supposed to eliminate the shortcomings of its predecessors.

According to the documentation, it was supposed to install the M-17 engine (more reliable than the M-5), a welded hull with improved visibility for the driver, increase the capacity of the fuel tanks and install a turret with a 76-mm gun. That is, it was supposed to create a "long-range shock wheeled-tracked tank." A group of designers including Firsov, Bondarenko, Morozov, Doroshenko, Kurasov, Veselovsky, Tarshinov took part in the development. At the beginning of 1934, the production of a prototype began, which received the BT-7 index. The first sample was ready by May 1, 1934, the second by November 7, 1934.