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Tango0114 Jul 2018 10:29 p.m. PST

Rubicon Models announced additional T-26 variants

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Amicalement
Armand

Fred Cartwright15 Jul 2018 4:55 a.m. PST

Wow! Any T-26 you could ever want!

Bravo Two Zero15 Jul 2018 6:14 a.m. PST

Bravo! This is really something. All of them in one place.

At least I think that is all of them. Finn variants on these maybe but this is all 3 of the OT versions. Very nice.

May try these rather than the T70 models I was going to get in 1:48.

Cheers to these guys!

JH

Tango0115 Jul 2018 3:03 p.m. PST

Happy you like them boys!. (smile)

Amicalement
Armand

SeattleGamer Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2018 6:12 p.m. PST

It's not quite all of the T-26 variants, vbut it comes close. You can build all three of the flame-thrower tanks, and 7 (of 9) T-26s.

There was (for lack of a better name) a T-26 M36 that had the same hull and turret body as the T-33 but a different turret "top". Instead of two rectangle top hatches, it had one round and one square (ish).

So this one kit comes very, very close to being able to make nearly all of the T-26 variants. Getting all the right parts for 10 versions was a HUGE accomplishment.

This is my favorite early war Russian tank. I am patiently waiting for it to be released, so I can get multiples!

7dot62mm16 Jul 2018 5:22 a.m. PST

They're also missing the 1940 manufactured version…

Tango0116 Jul 2018 11:06 a.m. PST

Glad you like them too my friend!.

Amicalement
Armand

emckinney16 Jul 2018 12:05 p.m. PST

Isn't the 1940 version actually an upgrade bolting armor onto existing tanks?

SeattleGamer Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2018 10:17 a.m. PST

I believe the 1940 version that 7dot72mm was referring to was what most people refer to as either the T-26S or T-26E.

Basically, the Russians took a T-26 M39 tank, and applied some extra armor plates (usually bolted, but sometimes welded) to the front and sides of the superstructure, and around the turret, to beef up protection.

This was done mainly for the Finnish front. Only about 80 conversions were done. And no, the kit does not include separate superstructure and turrets with this additional armor plating.

So the kit will support
2,038 M31 (two versions)
2,862 M33 (two versions)
1,363 M38 (two versions)
2,031 M39
552 KhT-26 Flamer
401 KhT-130 Flamer
271 KhT-133 Flamer

That means a single kit will allow the builder to create any one of 10 different versions of 9,518 vehicles. Which I think is amazing. I suspect that other companies would produce a separate kit for each version. So I am very happy with what Rubicon have done here.

This does however mean that you cannot build:
1,823 M36 (two versions)
80 M39S

So out of 11,421 T-26s produced, the kit will let you build 10 of 13 versions, accounting for 83% of the total builds. I have checked over the photos of the plastic sprues, and believe with a modest amount of effort (an hour maybe), the "missing" M36 turret top can be created from the supplied M38/M39 turret top.

If I am right, this will expand the kit to include both versions of the M36, and raise the kit builds to 12 of 13 versions, and 99% of the total builds.

I am quite pleased that Rubicon decided to try and include as many versions of the tank as possible.

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