Tamiya 1/35 Russian T-62A Tank
The T-62 made its official appearance in the victory parade in 1965. It was introduced as a replacement for the successful T54/55 designs, and is similar in external shape and mechanisms. It is different by the use of a 115mm smooth bore gun as its main armament which can pierce armour plate as thick as 270mm at 2km distance. In 1973 Israeli troops captured a number of Arab T62 tanks, some which were sent to the US for testing, and were found to be wanting in a number of ways in relation to the current western tanks. The T62 is believed to have 7.62mm while the later T-62A has a 14.5mm gun. The T-62 was supposed to have a larger, more powerful engine than the T-55, but the tanks tested in the US had the original engine, perhaps these were fitted to 'export' versions... nobody can be sure.
Tamiya's kit is obviously quite old as the hull still has mouldings for a motorised version, however, it still builds into an accurate replica. My version has the markings for the victory parade, and I think the commander is readying it for this event. He has forgotten to have the road tyres fitted, and is wishing his tank could have had a new coat of paint of Russian green because the metal is showing through in places where it has been 'bulled' up for the occasion. That's my story anyway. I've painted with Tamiya's Olive Drab 2, and weathered it very slightly with their weathering powder, and have tried to show the bare metal by using a soft pencil. Thanks for looking.