Rubicon Models 1/56 28mm 280084 Soviet BA-3 / BA-6 Heavy Armoured Car Plastic Model Kit

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Soviet BA-3 and BA-6 heavy armoured cars

The BA-3 was a heavy armoured car developed in the Soviet Union in 1933, followed by a slightly changed model designated BA-6 in 1936. The armoured car had the same turret as the T-26, M33 and BT-5 tanks equipped with a 45mm main gun.

Around 180 BA-3 cars were built until production ended in 1935, the BA-6 followed with 386 cars produced between 1936 and 1938. The innovation that slightly improved mobility was the auxiliary or 'overal' tracks which could be fitted onto the rear tandem wheels to convert the car to a half-track.

The BA-3 and BA-6 were externally very similar. The BA-3 retained a door in the rear of the hull which was not present in the BA-6. More important improvements of BA-6 were the new sponge filled GK tires, much less vulnerable to small-arms fire. On the downside the tires reduced both the speed and range of the vehicle. It also had somewhat thinner armor plating. BA-3/6 cars were superseded by the BA-10 model in 1938.

All cars of this series were very heavily armed for the era and could knock out other vehicles, including light tanks with ease. However their thin armor made them vulnerable to heavy machine gun and small caliber cannon fire. A prototype railway BA-3ZD variant was created in 1936 but was not accepted for production. The BA-6ZD was produced in limited numbers.

Around 60 BA-6 cars were delivered to Turkey in 1935. The BA-3/6 was used in combat in the Spanish Civil War, against the Japanese in the Battle of Khalkhyn Gol, in the Finnish Winter War, and against the Germans in the early stages of the invasion. The German Army also used a few Spanish-built six-wheeled armored cars that were close copies of the BA-3/6 series. Later in the war, the BA-3/6/10 armoured cars were replaced in the heavy scout vehicle role by light tanks such as the T-60 and T-70. A few captured BA-3 cars were used by Finnish army under designation BAF-A, and captured BA-6 cars under designation BAF-B.

Product Highlight:
- Options to build either a BA-3 or BA-6
- Comes with open or closed turret hatches
- One piece chassis for easy assembly
- Optional auxiliary 'overal' tracks

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