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Tanks a Lot
The T-34 Tank is a moderately difficult Metal Earth model with 39 pieces on two sheets of metal. The Soviet tank wasn't the most heavily armed or armored tank in WW2, but it's often called the most effective and influential design of its era.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.
Are you curious...?
When it was introduced in 1940, the Soviet T-34 was unmatched for firepower, mobility, protection, and ruggedness. Its high-velocity cannon outgunned all of its rivals; its sloped armor shed most of the day's anti-tank weapons; diesel power gave it an impressive range.
One source says that 84,070 T-34s were produced before the last one rolled off the assembly line in 1958; somewhere around 50,000 of those were manufactured during WW2 alone. We do know that the T-34 was the most-produced tank in WW2 and the second-most produced tank of all time. After the war they were widely exported. The T-34 served as the basis for subsequent tanks in the T series and indirectly inspired several Chinese tanks. As late as 1996, at least 27 countries were still using T-34 descendants. Hundreds still survive today, mostly in military museums and war memorials.
The Nazis first met the T-34 during Operation Barbarossa, their invasion of the USSR in June 1941. German soldiers had expected to face an inferior army, and they did...apart from this unexpected new tank. One general called it "the finest tank in the world" and another cited its "very worrying" superiority over German armaments. Despite their advantage, the Russians lost most of their initial 947 T-34s in a matter of weeks, losing seven Russian tanks for every German tank destroyed. The Soviets lost 20,500 tanks in 1941 (2,300 of them T-34s) thanks in part to inferior strategy and tactics and in part to mechanical problems. The Red Army had fine tanks, but it came up short in leadership and training.