Saturday, 22 April 2017

Team Yankee: 15mm Plastic T-64 and BTR-60 + 6mm H+R metal East Germans

Hi folks,

As reported elsewhere, at Salute Battlefront had on display a plastic T-64 and a plastic BTR-60.

This ties in with earlier rumours, specifically "For the Soviets it's 'Red Thunder', and will apparently include BTR's, T64's, BRDM, etc. There was specifically mention of the BTR's and T64's being plastic."

Image from Battlefront, used without permission

The guys over at Breathrough Assault have some close up images on their facebook page - images linked below:

 Plastic T-64 MBT, Linked image via Breakthrough Assaults Facebook page, linked without permission

Plastic BTR-60 APC, Linked image via Breakthrough Assaults Facebook page, linked without permission

Plastic T-64 MBT sprue, Linked image via Breakthrough Assaults Facebook page, linked without permission

One interesting point made is that the burning tank on the 'Red Thunder' image is that of a American M-60. So far, Battlefront have only used images on their artwork of vehicles they currently have models for.

Linked image via Facebook, linked without permission

I would also suggest from the artwork of the Hind firing some sort of explosive rounds, that this is a variant model Hind (perhaps the MI-24P variant?) equipped with a 23mm Autocannon rather than a 12.7mm machine gun.

Stats for the T-64 might see a higher rate of fire (due to the difference in auto-loader?), better front armour (it was the first Soviet tank to have composite armour, I think) and possibly a faster movement rate. But these are guesses from my limited knowledge of Soviet armour!

Other rumours that have been mentioned following Salute was that plastic Soviet infantry was being considered, and that 'Red Thunder' and 'Stripes' should be out by the end of the year.

In other news, Heroics and Ros are releasing a large line of 6mm East Germans - the infantry for which look rather nice. Images from Mark Hides on Facebook:

Heroics and Ros East Germans, Linked image via Mark Hides Facebook page, linked without permission
Heroics and Ros East Germans, Linked image via Mark Hides Facebook page, linked without permission
Heroics and Ros East Germans, Linked image via Mark Hides Facebook page, linked without permission
Heroics and Ros East Germans, Linked image via Mark Hides Facebook page, linked without permission
Heroics and Ros East Germans, Linked image via Mark Hides Facebook page, linked without permission

1 comment:

  1. The burning tank on the book is not an M60, it is an early (A1, A1A1 or A2) Leopard 1. Well I would be happy to have an uparmoured Leo 1 A1A1... on the other hand they also said a new US Army book is coming, Star and Stripes... if they add some new models (as they should) I would said M60, M2 and possibly Chaparral (plus plastic infantry, if the trend is followed...) but these are just my 2 pennies.

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