Friday, October 4, 2013

The last titan of Soviet Cold War armor

I've always had a bit of a fascination the T-80U; history's great underdog. So much obvious love went into the design of this tank, but in the end politics and average performance sunk its prospects.

I think the thing that strikes me most about is it the turret shape. It has the standard wedge-shaped K5 ERA panels, but for some reason the designers decided to add flimsy metal/rubber fins below these, giving the turret a very low, slopped shape.

I was lucky enough to pick up three of these from my Cromwell source. Sadly, these remain the only 1/72 model done of this particular tank. I've done one up in a standard Russian federation scheme here.

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Still needs basing. The other two will be done in the same scheme for a full platoon :)


  1. I am really jealous that you are able to get some Cromwell Models. After doing some research I would probably only buy them from an actual distributor or 2nd hand as I don't want to take the risk associated with the company. That being said, his vehicles are stunning. Your paint job is phenomenal. Where do you get your decals?

  2. Yea, getting them from the actual guy is pretty dangerous from what I've been told.

    Decals are from a variety of manufacturers. I've accrued a large pile over the years :)

  3. I always thought of this wagon as a bit of a game changer, the combination of the K5 plates and its base armour would have challenged most NATO ATGWs at the time of its introduction into service in 1985, with only the US fielding a Tandem warhead design before the early 1990s. I have always wondered how much of the average performance was poor handling and deployment although the engine choice was always interesting and as you say it was the politics what did for it. The lack of Models for both this vehicle and the T-72 B makes exploring it all on the table top a little challenging - Love the models and the paint job