T-28 Prototype USA Tank destroyer 1:35 scale resin kit

1/35 scale, unpainted resin kit.

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The T-28 Prototype is a USA Tank destroyer

Early prototype of a heavy tank designed for breaking through fortifications of the German Siegfried Line. Existed only in blueprints, prepared under the program for developing heavy vehicles that was initiated in September 1943.

In 1945, a turreted variant of the first T28 was planned. It was planned to mount a big, heavily armored, limited-traversed turret that can only traverse 286° degrees. The planned turret armor ranged from 4 inches (102 millimeters) to 8 inches (203 millimeters). The gun to be mounted was the 105 mm T5E1, the same gun the T28/T95 had mounted, and it can elevate 15° degrees, and depress 10° degrees from the turret. The suspension was changed to use the M4A3’s Horizontal Volute Spring Suspension (HVSS) because the Vertical Volute Spring Suspension (VVSS) proved to be obsolete for the tank’s weight. The HVSS suspension proved that it distributed weight more widely. Planned hull armor ranged from 2 inches (51 millimeters) to 8 inches (203 millimeters). The tank was planned to use the same engine as the T28/T95 had used, the Ford GAF, a V8 gasoline engine which produced about 500 horsepower. The tank housed a crew of five. No prototypes or blueprints were ever produced. This was because during the later stages of T28 development and evaluation were overtaken by that of the T29 and T30 turreted heavy tank design. The T29 mounted the same gun as the T28 in a conventional rotating turret. The T30 was developed with a larger-caliber gun and more powerful engine. Due to this the T28 program was terminated in October 1947.

1/35 scale, unpainted resin kit.