EST-35125 1/35 BA-3 Soviet WW2 Armored Car model kit
The production of the BA-3 was organized at the Izhorskij and the Vyksunskij factories in 1934 on the base of BA-I. The hull of the BA-I underwent only insignificant changes: the rear section of the hull was extended by 50mm, the engine compartment acquired air-escape windows, the running board was shortened, and the rear fenders now accommodated fastenings for all-terrain tracked chains. Installation of the body onto the Ford Timken chassis was accomplished with the help of 10 brackets, which were bolted to the side members through rubber gaskets.
Eastern Express 1/35 BA-3 Soviet WW2 Armored Car model kit. Pic.1
Eastern Express 1/35 BA-3 Soviet WW2 Armored Car model kit. Pic.2
The main innovation in the new vehicle was the turret and its armament. The BA-3 received the turret from the T-26 tank, which had thinner 8 mm armor with a paired weapons mount - the 45-mm 20K gun model 1932/38 (supplied with 60 rounds) and the DT machine-gun. The ammunition was located partially in the turret and partially in the hull of the armored car. In the recess of the turret there were two honeycomb racks with space for 40 shells, along the hull wall there were housings for 12 more (6 per side) and for 8 more along the walls in the fighting compartment (4 per side).
The four racks in the turret and the hull accommodated 53 magazines for machine-guns. For the first time in Soviet armored car industry, in an attempt to improve mobility, the rear wheels of the BA-3 were outfitted with all-terrain tracks, known under the foreign name Overall. Each track weighed 71 kg and was comprised of 25 80x35 mm links. The length of one track was 4500 mm, step size -180 mm. Installation of the tracks by the whole crew took 10-15 min.
180 armored cars of this type (168 according to other sources) were produced.
Painting & Marking of Soviet AFVs
The Soviet AFVs usually had a standard green painting N11 or N12. During the winter they were painted by easy wash white color. The tactic marking was rather complete. Each AFV had the two strips on the top of the turret and a square on the board of the hull with a white figure inside. The color of the upper strip showed the number of battalion, the color of the lower strip (dotted) - the number of company and the color of square - the number of platoon. The first regiments had the red colors, the 2nd - white, the 3rd - black, the 4th - blue and the 5th - yellow. The white figure showed the number of AFV in platoon.