Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 04:14 PM UTC
Bronco announces a new Hungarian TurŠn II
Before the Second World War, the Hungarian Army's tank forces consisted of mainly foreign tanks like the little Italian CV-33 tankette.
After converting foreign tanks to suit their own needs in 1940 the Hungarians started to develop their own homegrown armoured fighting vehicles.
First was the TurŠn I, built by the Weiss & Cspel Steelworks of Budapest but by 1943 The TurŠn I was deemed under powered & under-gunned, so the further development of the type was required.
This new tank was called the TurŠn II, the designers mounted a new 75 mm (2.95 in) M41 short barreled gun to the tank and to fit it gave the tank an enlarged turret to house the massive breech loading system and a specially armoured recoil piston that was adapted to the gun.
The turret interior was still cramped and crowded, but to help this the designers added new vents to extract the large amount of fumes that followed the firing of the gun. The 41M TurŠn II first appeared in May 1943, and a total of 139 were made by 1944.
The TurŠn II's combat debut was in April 1944 in Galicia, they were used by the 1st & 2nd Hungarian Armored Divisions as well as the 1st Cavalry Division. First seeing action in 1944, in Galicia, the Turan II was completely outclassed by Russian T-34s and IS-2's they faced. Unfortunately, many of the division's forces were decimated in their actions defending Budapest and those that were not destroyed or captured were often abandoned on the battlefield.
The kit features a workable suspension, several parts for the driver's compartment and photoetch details, including the side and turret aditional armour plates.
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