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Tango0112 Aug 2020 9:12 p.m. PST

"The T-18 is notable for being the very first Soviet designed and produced tank. (Up until the introduction of this tank, the RKKA Red Army had used only foreign designs, captured during the Civil War, like the Mk V, the FT and the Whippet.) The story of the T-18 starts in 1926, when a high placed conference ordered the design of a small "Escort" tank, replacing the FTs and FT clones (KS-1) in Soviet service.

The FT/KS-1 was considered too heavy, too expensive, and possessing a less than optimal armament. As the competence of Soviet industry still left much to be desired, foreign designs were looked into, specifically the Italian FIAT 3000, probably the best tank in the world at that time, being much lighter, better armed, and faster than the design it was supposed to copy, the French FT. Many original details of the FIAT 3000 were copied and used by the Soviet designers in the so called OAT Bureau (that did the actual design), so one could say that the Soviet T-18 was a clone of a clone…"




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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 5:52 a.m. PST

Neat – never heard of this!

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 10:44 a.m. PST

Cool. Just made a 1/72 T 37. Now I need a couple of these to add to my Barbarossa battles.

Tango0113 Aug 2020 12:23 p.m. PST

Happy you like it boys!. (smile)


Cuprum213 Aug 2020 10:20 p.m. PST

By 1941, these tanks remained only as firing points buried in the ground on the "Stalin line". They were removed from service long ago.
The only war in which they took part was the 1929 Soviet-Chinese conflict over the Chinese Eastern Railway.


Tango0114 Aug 2020 1:03 p.m. PST



Legion 416 Aug 2020 8:23 a.m. PST

Yes as soon as I saw it I thought it looked like the FT-17.

Tango0116 Aug 2020 9:25 p.m. PST



CFeicht Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2020 5:10 a.m. PST

The replacement model for the UK's fleet of Challengers.

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