Somehow I like russian stuff at the moment. I got on my bench the excellent kit from Tamiya and I must say: really a dream to build. More soon :-)
The BT-7 was a Russian tank produced from 1935 which incorporated some design features from tanks developed by American engineer Walter Christie. BT = Russian abbr. for: Bystrokhodniy Tank, englisch translation: “Fast Tank”). The tank featured an excellent manoeuvrability. Equipped with a 47mm main gun, it was one of the better-armed tanks of that period and it also had sloped frontal armor, a feature that would make its way into later tanks such as the T-34. BT-7s were first deployed during the Spanish Civil War and also took part in battles against German forces on the Eastern Front.
One unusual feature of the BT series was that they were ‘convertible’ tanks; the tracks could be removed and stowed on the sides of the tanks, allowing it to run on its rubber-rimmed roadwheels. The first pair of roadwheels was steerable (like a car). Around 2,000 BT-7’s were built.
Last year TAMIYA launched this very new kit of this russian tank under her item no. 35309. As usual TAMIYA offers the kit in a box with a beautiful box art. Inside the box we have 264 parts (213 in green styrene, 17 in grey styrene (for 2 crew-members as shown at the box), 10 large vinyl keepers, 8 small vinyl keepers, 8 clear styrene, 7 PE-Parts , 1 length of steel chain). Over all a typical TAMIYA kit with the promise of easy fun building.
For more information’s I recommended to visit the official Tamiya-Link: