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T-70 Tank Company (Plastic) (SBX55)includes five plastic T-70 tanks, one plastic Tank Commander sprue, one Decal sheet and two Unit Cards.
The T-70 light tank used automobile engines and easily-manufactured components to create a tank that didn't need a heavy-machinery factory to build. Despite its small size and cheap price, it still packed a useful 45mm gun, nearly the match of the 50mm gun in the German Panzer III medium tank.
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Until T-34 production ramped up toward the end of 1943, two companies of T-70 light tanks replaced one company of T-34 medium tanks in the second battalion of most tank brigades. Nearly half of the tanks in a tank brigade were light tanks like the T-70. Experience commanders learned to exploits their tank's speed and small size to stay alive and gain the enemy's flanks to attack their vulnerable points.