The BT-5 was probably the first true modern attack tank. With incredible speed, sloped armor and good armament for its time this tank actually justifies why some historians say that Stalin wanted to invade Western Europe using thousands of these tanks, compared to the Hun horse-archers: fast and deadly!

Introduction

This is a wargaming kit made by Zvezda in the 1/100 scale (15mm). The box art is nice and the instructions on the back show that this model has only seven pieces.

Zvezda BT-5

Box front.

Zvezda BT-5

Box back.

Zvezda BT-5

The sprue.

Assembly Process

The turret is cast by itself and it easily attaches to the upper hull.

Zvezda BT-5

Turret, exhaust and upper hull.

Zvezda BT-5

An easy snap fit.

Zvezda BT-5

Lower hull (2 pieces) and tracks.

Zvezda BT-5

Lower hull complete.

Zvezda BT-5

Lower and upper hull side by side.

And we are done!

Zvezda BT-5

Side view.

Zvezda BT-5

Front view.

Zvezda BT-5

Back view.

Evaluation

Plastic Quality 4 (Good) Good. Hard plastic. Pieces are clean.
Number of Details 4.5 (Very Good) Very good detail for 15mm.
Instructions 4.5 (Very Good) Instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Building Time 5 (Perfect) Under 10 minutes!
Enjoyment 5 (Perfect) Fast and easy to assemble.

Excellent kit for wargamers in 15mm. Get those Soviet companies rolling!

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