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Tango0119 Apr 2018 12:30 p.m. PST

"In a war that never happened, formations of heavy and rather odd-looking Soviet tanks would have powered through atomic explosions in breakthrough attacks into West Germany.

Enter the Object 279 tank, a curious oddity from the late 1950s which was obsolete  despite its design principles deliberately reflecting the fear of a nuclear battlefield  by the time it was produced.

It was certainly not a success, as the Soviet Union only manufactured a handful of prototypes…."
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ScottS19 Apr 2018 12:39 p.m. PST

I've always had a liking for that design. It's so ludicrous; I can't imagine how they did suspension work on the inboard tracks.

I'd love to have a few in 15mm scale.

And, a nice diorama (not mine):

Lion in the Stars19 Apr 2018 2:38 p.m. PST

Yeah, the only models I've found have been in 1/35, 1/72, and 1/144 scales.

Nothing in 15mm.

I think it'd be hilarious to have a few of those in my Russian WW3 army!

ScottS19 Apr 2018 2:39 p.m. PST

Exactly. Maybe match 'em up against MBT-70s…!

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member19 Apr 2018 5:16 p.m. PST

I'm surprised it hasn't inspired anything like it on some futuristic Sci Fi Movie by now.





Legion 420 Apr 2018 7:57 a.m. PST

I've seen the dio before ! Very Nice ! But I think the 279 was a bit of a stretch, in design, etc. And the maintenance of that Iron Monster would probably be a nightmare, along with the nightmare of total nuclear war. evil grin

mad monkey 120 Apr 2018 10:51 a.m. PST

Click on the catalog and scroll down to the SSU stuff. They have a model coming out that looks a lot like that.

Charlie 12 Inactive Member20 Apr 2018 6:48 p.m. PST

About as impractical POS as ever conceived. Thankfully, it never got foisted on the troops. I can't wish that sort of disaster on even the Sov tankers…

Lion in the Stars20 Apr 2018 11:59 p.m. PST

Oh, come on, Charlie 12, I'm sure the tankers would come up with some wonderful new Mat (Russian profanity dialect) to share with their NATO comrades after working on that beast. evil grin

Legion 421 Apr 2018 7:25 a.m. PST

LOL !!! thumbs up

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