1/144 Scale WW2 Russian T-34 Mod 40 Medium Tank.
Highly detailed tank with moveable Turret and Track detail.
T-34 Mod 40 Medium Tank
- 1x T-34 Mod 40 Medium Tank
The T-34 medium tank
is one of the most-produced and longest-lived tanks of all time. Identification of T-34
variants can be complicated. Turret castings, superficial details, and equipment differed between factories; new features were added in the middle of production runs, or retrofitted to older tanks; damaged tanks were rebuilt, sometimes with the addition of newer-model equipment and even new turrets. Some tanks had appliqué armor
made of scrap steel of varying thickness welded onto the hull and turret; these tanks are called s ekranami
("with screens"), although this was never an official designation for any T-34 variant.
Since the break-up of the Soviet Union
, newly declassified sources have demonstrated that all T-34s with the original turret and F-34 gun (conventionally known as Models 1941 and 1942) were officially called "Model 1941", and hexagonal
-turret T-34 (Model 1943) was officially called "Model 1942".
in World War II referred to the two main production models as T-34/76
, with minor models receiving letter designations such as T-34/76A
—this nomenclature has been widely used in the west, especially in popular literature.
Since at least the 1980s, many academic sources (notably AFV
expert Steven Zaloga
) have used Soviet-style nomenclature: T-34
, with minor models distinguished by year: T-34 Model 1940
. (This page has adopted that convention.)
Because many different factories manufactured T-34s, with components built by subcontractors, the listing below merely gives a broad overview and does not capture every possible variant. Also, not every factory implemented all model changes at the same time. For example, factory No. 112 continued building narrow-turret 76 mm armed models long after all other plants had switched to hexagonal-turreted tanks.
(German designation: T-34/76A) - This was a production model built in 1940, armed with a L-11
76.2 mm tank gun
; it had a welded or cast two-man turret. Due to a shortage of new V-2 diesel engines, the initial production run from the Gorky factory was equipped with the BT tank's MT-17
gasoline-powered engine and an inferior transmission
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