Monday, March 09, 2015 - 12:43 AM UTC
A second announcement for a big Russian tank was made today, this time from Trumpeter, but they are offering it in two variants.
Trumpeter today announced they have the big Russian T-10 tank in the works. The T-10 was the last in the line of IS and KV tanks, and was also known as the IS-8 and IS-10. The tank entered production in 1952 with most serving in Russia, with a few exported to Syria and Egypt. Trumpeter has announced two kits, the early T-10 and the late T-10M.

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Robert, Woefully off topic here - and apologies if I've misunderstood your post - but a squadron of British armour was indeed stationed in Berlin (British Zone) throughout the Cold War. These were Centurions followed by Chieftains. The parent regiment was stationed in British Army of the Rhine with a squadron assigned to Berlin and rotated as and when units changed over in West Germany. Despite the forecast of a short-life should things ever hot up, Berlin was a much coveted posting for British soldiers. Re the Centurions: There was some coverage of these back in Oct 1961 when there was a flare up in Berlin, most noticeably at Checkpoint Charlie where some very well known pictures of M48s facing off T54s were published at the time. In the British Zone (and Press) the Berlin Brigade Squadron also deployed with similar coverage. These tanks are also described in the ancient Armour Profile Publication on the Centurion, and also the Osprey Vanguard book on same. I hope this clarifies as to the existence of such vehicles. Regards, Brian
MAR 09, 2015 - 04:14 AM
Brian, Centurions certainly existed in Berlin. I've built them in three different scales. But they were not Berlin Brigade Centurions. The Berlin Brigade monicker belongs solely to the American forces there. This is a great example of how one small mistake in verbiage changes the whole organizational chart of the Allied Forces, Berlin. And it perpetuates itself decades after the book was written. While it may seem an inconsequential error, I' m sure it is not to our British cousins who served there. I guess it would be akin to calling any pilot who flew bomber escort in a P-51 a Tuskegee Airman. Imagine the furor THAT could create....
MAR 09, 2015 - 04:26 AM
MAR 09, 2015 - 04:29 AM
Robert - sorry clearly finger trouble - it's late here! Now I see where you're coming from. In military vernacular we (Brits) would refer to our Brigade in shorthand as "Berlin Brigade"; of course, it was technically the Berlin Infantry Brigade. Clearly I was close to teaching you to suck eggs so apologies for the unnecessary lecture and glad to hear you've built some Centurions! Regards
MAR 09, 2015 - 04:35 AM
This is great news. I've wanted to see a kit of this charismatic heavy tank for decades. The T-10 was used in the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, and there is a fair amount of photo evidence showing them in Prague with the White Stripe invasion markings.
MAR 09, 2015 - 04:36 AM
No worries. I just had one of your compatriots last week school me on the proper way to wear a beret. Funny thing is, mine was damn near older than he was. I'll post a pic when I get back home.
MAR 09, 2015 - 04:42 AM
Back on topic: I too am really pleased that this beast is now, or will be, available in plastic. Without sounding too much the old soldier I recall these still featured on British Army recognition charts in 1969 and they were organised in independent tank regiments (I think). I look forward to these gracing the display tables in due course. Typically, I have (an unbuilt) Navigator resin kit in my possession; whilst unbuilt, it is remarkable in that it is still quite a low slung, powerful looking beast, and although You Tube footage may be sometimes unreliable, a quick trawl has come up with some footage showing that T10 could move nimbly enough. Remarkable when all we could devise to counter it was the ponderous Conqueror and the less than agile (until later marks) Chieftain. Good to have both "cause and effect" as it were, coming our way in the modelling world.
MAR 09, 2015 - 04:51 AM
Not exported Syria or Egypt. Egypt did have some IS-III tho.
MAR 09, 2015 - 07:16 PM
Cool stuff
MAR 10, 2015 - 06:44 AM

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