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Unimodel Military 1/72 BA6 Russian Armored Vehicle Kit

Unimodel Military 1/72 BA6 Russian Armored Vehicle Kit

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The BA-6 (Broneavtomobil 6) was an armored car developed in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. The 45 mm gun turret was the same as that used on the T-26 and BT-5 light tanks. It was built on the GAZ-AAA chassis. This 6×4 chassis was a modification of the US Ford AA 4×2 truck. This chassis limited mobility to roads or very hard ground. Mobility could be improved slightly by fitting tracks to the rear pair of dual tandem wheels, making this car a convertible half-track.

The BA-6 is externally very similar to the earlier BA-3; the BA-3 has a door in the right rear of the hull that is not present on the BA-6. The BA-3 had slightly heavier armor which impeded performance; in the BA-6, the armor was thinned and a new rear suspension and transmission improved performance. Both cars were superseded by the later BA-10. All cars of this series were very heavily armed for the era; they could knock out other recon vehicles with ease. However, their thin armor made them vulnerable to heavy machinegun fire and small caliber cannon fire.

The BA-6 was used in combat against the Japanese in the Battle of Khalkhyn Gol, in the Spanish Civil War and in the early stages of fighting on the Eastern Front against the Germans. Ironically the German Army used a few Spanish-built six-wheeled armored cars that were close copies of the BA-3/6 series. The heavy scout vehicle role was taken over by light tanks such as the T-60 and T-70 later in the war.

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