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The T-54 and T-55 tanks were a series of main battle tanks designed in the Soviet Union
About this creation
The first T-54 prototype appeared in March 1945, just as the Second World War ended. The T-54 entered full production in 1947 and became the main tank for armored units of the Soviet Army, armies of the Warsaw Pact countries, and others. T-54s and T-55s were involved in many of the world's armed conflicts during the late 20th and early 21st century.

Photos by Bernard Zee



The T-54/55 series eventually became the most-produced tank in history. Estimated production numbers for the series range from 86,000 to 100,000. They were replaced by the T-62, T-64, T-72, T-80, and T-90 in the Soviet and Russian Armies, but remain in use by up to 50 other armies worldwide, some having received sophisticated retrofitting.



Like many post-World War II tanks, the T-54 and T-55 have a conventional layout with fighting compartment in the front, engine compartment in the rear, and a dome-shaped turret in the centre of the hull. The driver's hatch is on the front left of the hull roof. The commander is seated on the left, with the gunner to his front and the loader on the right. The tank's suspension has the drive sprocket at the rear, and dead track. Engine exhaust is on the left fender. There is a prominent gap between the first and second road wheel pairs, a distinguishing feature from the T-62, which has progressively larger spaces between road wheels towards the rear.



The T-54 and T-55 tanks are outwardly very similar and difficult to distinguish visually. Many T-54s were also updated to T-55 standards, so the distinction is often downplayed with the collective name T-54/55. Soviet tanks were factory-overhauled every 7,000 km and often given minor technology updates. Many states have added or modified the tank's equipment; India, for example, affixed fake fume extractors to its T-54s and T-55s so that its gunners wouldn't confuse them with Pakistani Type 59s



The older T-54 can be distinguished from the T-55 by a dome-shaped ventilator on the front right of the turret and a driver-operated SGMT 7.62 mm machine gun mounted to fire through a tiny hole in the centre of the hull's front. Early T-54s lacked a gun fume extractor, had an undercut at the turret's rear, and a distinctive "pig-snout" gun mantlet.



The T-55 has been used worldwide by as many as 50 countries and quasi-armies. They have been subject to numerous improvements throughout their production history and afterwards and many are still in service today.

Below are several of the T-54/55s that reside at the museum I work at



A T-55 starred in one of the James Bond film "Goldeneye." James Bond highjacks a Russian T-55 mocked up as a T-72 and goes on a car crushing rampage. Naturally, James Bond is able to load, aim, fire and drive the tank all by himself.



This particular T-55 was purchased from Czechoslovakia following the fall of the Soviet Union. According to its official history it never saw combat and was sold to us for $20,000



The story goes that Jacques Littlefield, the late proprietor of the MVTF, walked onto a Czech military base and offered to buy a T-55 off of a general . The general agreed and Jacques supposedly drove it off the base like it was a used car



One of the T-55s outside. This one is currently undergoing an internal overhaul, replacing engine components and stuff. I helped install some new spark plugs and wiring last summer. The vehicles in the background are, from left to right, an Israeli M50 Super Sherman, another Super Sherman, another Super Sherman and finally a WWII vintage British Churchill heavy tank.

Specs:
Weight - 36 tons
Length - 6.45 m
Width - 3.37 m
Height - 2.40 m
Crew - 4
Armour - 20 mm to 205mm
Main armament - D-10T 100 mm cannon
Secondary - armament - 7.62 mm SGMT coaxial machine gun and 12.7 mm DShK heavy machine gun
Engine - Model V-55(V-54) V-12 water-cooled diesel w/581 hp
Fuel capacity - 580 l (internal), 320 l (external), 400 l (jettisonable rear drums)
Speed - 48 km/h


Building instructions
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Comments

 I made it 
  January 1, 2014
I had completely forgotten that I had done that, apologies
Quoting Bernard Zee Hi Nathan, I would normally send this via email, but couldn't find your address on the page. I do want to point out though, that you're using using a number of my images on your webpages without my prior authorization. While my copyright watermark is still visible on some of those images, you have chosen to crop it out from others... including the 2nd and 3rd image on this page (which you likely more correctly identified as a T-54). Willful copyright infringement is not a pretty thing. For reference, here's the original images on my page: http://home.comcast.net/~szee1a/tanks/tanks.html You'd probably want to correct that oversight. Otherwise, it's a great page! Best regards, Bernard Zee
  December 19, 2013
Hi Nathan, I would normally send this via email, but couldn't find your address on the page. I do want to point out though, that you're using using a number of my images on your webpages without my prior authorization. While my copyright watermark is still visible on some of those images, you have chosen to crop it out from others... including the 2nd and 3rd image on this page (which you likely more correctly identified as a T-54). Willful copyright infringement is not a pretty thing. For reference, here's the original images on my page: http://home.comcast.net/~szee1a/tanks/tanks.html You'd probably want to correct that oversight. Otherwise, it's a great page! Best regards, Bernard Zee
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  January 19, 2013
First of all, my respect for your entire collection of WWII and post-WWII models. I'm impressed by its variaty. Is there a change we can exchance models? I still haven't got all your models and would make the collection complete. Email me at ijzenbrandt77@gmail.com
  January 18, 2013
ok
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  January 16, 2013
incredible job on this presentation and tank, bravo!
 I made it 
  January 16, 2013
Quoting Zachary Parfrey Very nice! I love the amount of detail on the tank! One question: I noticed that this Museum looked quite similar to the one that the Mythbusters crew visited to borrow 2 tanks. Is it? Or am I mistaken for quite a similar looking one? Anyways, great job!
It is indeed
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
Very nice! I love the amount of detail on the tank! One question: I noticed that this Museum looked quite similar to the one that the Mythbusters crew visited to borrow 2 tanks. Is it? Or am I mistaken for quite a similar looking one? Anyways, great job!
 I made it 
  January 15, 2013
Quoting Alex Sonny very nice. I'm working on the Type 59 Chinese derivate, so don't beat me to that! but I have to correct you... from the left is first an M36 Jackson, followed by the shermans, a churchill and an M55 Self-propelled howitzer, If I'm not mistaken.
You'd think it's a M55, but this shot doesn't show the barrel; it's actually a M52 SPG
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  January 15, 2013
again why is there not any more likes on this I mean gosh its amazing!!!! all of your creations are!
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
very nice. I'm working on the Type 59 Chinese derivate, so don't beat me to that! but I have to correct you... from the left is first an M36 Jackson, followed by the shermans, a churchill and an M55 Self-propelled howitzer, If I'm not mistaken.
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
Another Great tank by you! I really like how you include lots of history and facts about the tanks you build!
 
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