ACE-72122 1/72 MT-LB Armored troop-carrier prime-mover model kit
The MT-LB was developed in the late 1960s as the replacement for the older AT-P armoured tracked artillery tractor and was initially known as the M1970 multipurpose tracked vehicle until its correct designation became known. Typical roles of the MT-LB include use as an artillery prime mover towing 100mm anti-tank guns and 122 mm howitzers, command and radio vehicle (which usually has at least two whip antennas on the roof), artillery fire-control vehicle and cargo carrier. It is also widely used as an armoured personnel carrier, especially in difficult terrain such as snow or swamp. The hull of the MT-LB is all-welded steel with the crew compartment at the front, engine immediately behind the crew compartment on the left side and the troop compartment at the rear of the hull. The driver sits at the front of the hull on the left side and has a single piece hatch cover, in front of which are three periscopes. The commander sits to the right of the driver in the centre and has a single piece rear-opening hatch cover and two periscopes. In action, the commander also mans the turret. The machine gun turret is mounted to the right of the commander's position and is armed with a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun. Both the driver and machine gunner have a windscreen in front of their positions which, when in action, is covered by a flap hinged at the top. There is a vision block in each side of the hull, to the left of the driver's and the right of the machine gunner's position. An aisle provides access from the crew compartment at the front of the vehicle to the personnel compartment at the rear, this has inward-facing foiding canvas seats for the 10 infantrymen. The two hatches overthe top of the troop compartment open forwards. The infantry enter and leave the vehicle by two doors in the rear of the hull, both of which are provided with a firing port. There is an additional firing port and vision block in each side of the troop compartment. The MT-LB is fully amphibious being propelled in the water by its tracks. Before entering the water a trim vane is erected at the front of the vehicle and the bilge pumps, which have a capacity of 450 litres a minute, are switched on. Standard equipment on all vehicles includes an NEC system. Night vision equipment includes an OU-3GK white/infra-red searchlight with a range of 400 m for the commander and a TVN-2 infrared periscope for the driver with a range of 40 m. it can also tow a trailer or weapon weighing up to 6500 kg or carry up to 2000 kg of cargo or stores.
Ace 1/72 MT-LB Armored troop-carrier prime-mover model kit. Pic.1
Ace 1/72 MT-LB Armored troop-carrier prime-mover model kit. Pic.2