Takom 1/35 T-55AD "Drozd" (Thrush) Kit
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This adaption was designed as an alternative to passive or reactive armour defence systems to defend against anti-tank rockets and weapons, the Tula Machine Design Bureau under A. Shipunov developed the world's first active tank defence system, called the KAZT Drozd (Kompleks aktivnoi zashchity tanka:: Tank active defence system-Thrush) or Drozd entered development in 1977 on the basis of an army requirement and the first prototypes were ready by 1978. The Russian Army lost interest in the concept, but the program continued due to support from the Soviet Naval Infantry.
This kit is one of the many adaptions of Takom's popular T-55 kit in 35th scale. This features the updated turret as the main change to the "Drozd" variant. The CAD drawing above shows the addition to the regular T-55 in a pink shade to make it easy to see the changes here.