Finnish Army Assault Gun BT-42 plastic model kit 1/35Tamiya
During the WWII, the Finnish Army utilized captured Soviet tanks as their significant armament. Among these was the BT-42 assault gun which the Finnish Army created by pairing the hull from a captured Russian BT-7 Model 1937 light tank with a British 114mm howitzer and a redesigned BT-7's large boxy turret. 18 units were produced from 1943 to 1944 and they were deployed to the Svir River region to attack the Russian bastion. In June 1944 during the Battle of Vyborg, BT-42s saw fierce combat against advancing Russian forces.
Distinctive form with massive turret is realistically reproduced based on the thorough study of the actual example. Accurate muzzle brake and gun breech. Details include shortened front fenders, storage boxes, and jacks.
Rounded exhaust cover is depicted with photo-etched parts which can be correctly shaped using included jig.
Turret rear hatch can be depicted in either open or closed position. Assembly tracks feature one-piece straight section. Depicts BT-7 Model 1937 tracks and drive sprockets. 1 driver figure
- Markings for 3 versions
- 1) R-717, Detached Armor Company Commander's Vehicle, Vyborg, Finland, June 1944
- 2) R-708, 2nd Company, Assault Gun battalion, Svir Region, Finland, Summer 1943
- 3) Ps.511-4, From the end of the Continuation War until 1951