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Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 06:45 PM UTC
IBG Models has informed us of its release and provided additional information and images as well.
TKS was a Polish light reconnaissance tank, built and produced in the thirties. It was based on an older tankette design the TK 3. The main improvements, compared to its predecessor, were: modified frontal armor shape, different engine, thicker armor plates, improved drive train and added commanders periscope. Serial production started in 1934 and the total of 280 tanks were produced.

Initially TKS Tankettes were armed with a Hotchkiss wz. 25 machine gun. Just before the outbreak of World War II army command decided to change the armament to NKM (Heaviest Machine Gun) wz. 38 FK-A 20mm this Polish gun has proven to be very effective against the German tanks during the September 1939 German invasion of Poland. Unfortunately only 23 of the upgunned TKS tanks made it to the front line, most of them were still armed with the Hotchkiss machine gun.

The TKS armed with the 20mm gun was also the vehicle of Polish Tank Ace Edmund Roman Orlik, who destroyed 13 German tanks during the September 1939.

TKS - Polish Tankette with 20mm NKM wz. 38 FK-A (35046) is offered as an injection-molded kit with the following features:

  • hatches that may be built open or closed
  • turned metal barrel
  • photo-etched parts
  • detailed interior
  • crew figures
  • detailed link-and-length tracks
Also available are kits designated as entry level sets:

TKS Tankette with 20mm Gun (E3501)
Contains quick-build tracks, with small Hataka paint set, brush and glue (E3501)

TKS Tankette with 20mm Gun (E3503)
Contains quick-build tracks

Our thanks to IBG Models for the updates.
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I DEFIANTLY dont want to tackle those tiny track links !!!!
JUN 15, 2018 - 11:12 AM
Ha ha... I was looking at the photo of the track link sprue thinking they can't be serious, then realised that it wasn't 1/72 scale as I'd originally thought - that really would be too much.
JUN 15, 2018 - 12:44 PM
I have the old RPM kit hidden somewhere in the stash. After opening the box and looking it over I put it up for a "rainy day..." If I remember correctly it did have the link and length track.
JUL 01, 2018 - 03:25 PM
I built two for the Poland 1939 campaign. Link and length; thick and overscale. The difference between this and those is night and day. The RPM needs so much help I threw my hands up and built them out of the box. This is a long overdue kit. But photoetch hatches in 1/35? I don't want to be that aware of how thin the armor was.
JUL 01, 2018 - 08:32 PM
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