Gaso.Line GasSPE08 Russian OB-3 Armored Train (1:50 Scale)
"By powerful artillery fire, air strikes, and a wave of attacking tanks, we're supposed to swiftly crush the enemy."
- Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov
Armored trains proved so successful during the first months of war that many rail depots were converted to produce armored trains. In the August-September 1941 timeframe, around 20 slightly modified armored trains were produced based on blueprints developed at the Poltava locomotive-repairing factory. Named the NKPS-42, the first armored train was, in fact, a simplified BP-35 rail car with upgraded armor. Unfortunately, the Poltava locomotive-repairing factoryo was generally short on specific equipment, so their armored trains took on a rather improvised design.
Further steps in armored train design and production was made by the GKO (State Committee of Defense) in late October 1941. According to their resolution, it was planned to create 32 armored train battalions (2 armored trains each) by January 1st, 1942. It was found that the BP-35 and NKPS-42 armored trains proved to be quite vulnerable to attack: their 4-axle armored wagons were large, heavy and highly visible targets. In addition, the destruction of one armored wagon meant the loss of half the armored train's firepower. Thus a new armored train project was designed, under the name OB-3. It used 2-axle armored wagons, which had smaller dimensions and only one gun (thus increasing the survivability of the artillery). The design was hurried, and there was so little time that blueprints were sent to factories in separate parts as fast as they were ready - first, armor plates projections; second, wagon overview etc. The OB-3 was produced simultaneously at 9 NKPS (People's Committee of Communication Lines) factories and 43 railroad depots. All the materials and equipment were local (it was the main feature of the production).
Each OB-3 armored train consisted of one armored locomotive (usually OV or OK series steam locomotives with 30-50mm armour) with an AAMG turret, and 4 armored wagons. Armoured wagons had 30-80mm armour (often laminated or concrete-filled as described above) positioned at an angle of 30 degrees. Each wagon's armament was one gun in a hexagonal turret and five machine guns (four in the corners of the wagon and one in the turret). The wagon did not have any optical devices (except the gun sight), so all observation was made through the openings and hatches. The crew was 12 men. Due to the difficulties of initiating production, only 10 such armoured trains were built by 1.01.42. During January the RKKA received 12 trains, during February - 17, during March - the last 26. Therefore 65 OB-3 armoured trains were produced. During the creation of a battalion, each armoured train received one PVO-4 AA armoured wagon. This wagon had 2 20-25mm guns or 2 12.7mm AAMGs. OB-3's were used very intensively and effectively in 1942; however, such intensive use and the low quality of materials lead to relatively high losses (overall 20 OB-3 armoured trains were lost out of the 65 built, most of them in 1942). Note: train comes with a section of track. Sold Out!