Panzerstahl PS89007 US T-28 Super Heavy Tank - 1947 Prototype (1:72 Scale)
"Service to the Line, on the Line, On Time."
- Motto of the US Ordnance Corps
The T-28 super heavy tank (also called 105 mm Gun Motor Carriage T95) was a prototype heavily armored tank destroyer designed for the United States Army during World War II. It was originally designed to be used to break through German defenses at the Siegfried Line, and was later considered as a possible participant in an invasion of the Japanese mainland. Sometimes referred to as a super-heavy tank, the T-28 was re-designated as the 105 mm Gun Motor Carriage T95 in 1945 and then renamed a super heavy tank in 1946.
The T-28/T95 was designed as a counter to the German heavy tanks. It was also set to be used for attacking the heavy defencss expected of the German Siegfried Line.
It was first conceived in the spring of 1945, but proved to be too late to be used in World War II. The original name for the project was to be T-28/T95. The Pacific Car and Foundry Company designed it for the final push in Europe, but by the time the first tank was completed and ready for combat, the war was over. The original plans called for five prototype vehicles to be built, and eventually for a total of twenty-five tanks to be constructed.
As it did not have a turret, but a fixed casemate mount instead for its main armament, and the 105 mm gun fitted could only elevate from 19.5 to -5 and traverse from 10 right to 11 left of the center line, the T-28/T95 more closely resembled a self-propelled gun, and was redesignated as the T-95 Gun Motor Carriage in 1945, but in June 1946, the vehicle was redesignated again as Super Heavy Tank T28. It has been argued that it was neither a super-heavy tank nor a self-propelled gun, but that it was in fact a very heavy tank destroyer, more accurately as an American version of one of the German Jagdpanzer-style tank destroyers, intended to take on German heavy tanks. It was also designed to take on heavy German defensive Lines.
Two prototypes of the T-28 were built. They underwent evaluation at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds and the Fort Knox facilities until 1947. In 1947, one of the T28s was heavily damaged by an engine fire during trials at Yuma Proving Grounds and was broken up and sold for scrap. The T-28 never went into service. This was because during the later stages of T-28 development and evaluation were overtaken by that of the T-29 and T-30 turreted heavy tank design. The T-29 mounted the same gun as the T-28 in a conventional rotating turret. The T30 was developed with a larger-caliber gun and more powerful engine. Due to this the T-28 program was terminated in October 1947.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale US T-28 Super Heavy Tank.
Back Order! Ship Date: mid-October 2014.
Length: 7 inches
Width: 2.5 inches
Release Date: April 2014
Historical Account: "Tank or Tank Destroyer" - The T-28 had no conventional turret, with a casemate style hull instead, giving it a comparatively low profile. Its main armament was a 105 mm T5E1 gun, in a ball-shaped gun mantlet set into the hull front. Although it was technically a part of a gun mantlet it was really attached to the hull. Due to this it was not a true tank at all, but a "Gun Motor Carriage". The traverse was limited to 10 right and 11 left, and elevation from 19.5 to −5. When traveling, the gun was locked at the maximum elevation. It also had a .50 inch (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine gun mounted above the commander's hatch. The main gun had a muzzle velocity of 3,700 feet per second (1,130 m/s), with a range of up to 12 miles (19 km).