Wednesday, 3 May 2017

T-80 & T64 Hull Comparison by Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards

T-80 and T64 hull comparison: are they basically the same?

I am starting work on doing the T-80 for this month' Aotrs Shipyards release (specifically the T-80B). As per usual, this entails two or three hours of research and photo/picture locating before I start doing any CAD work.

(The practise of checking Russian-language sites has netted me nearly more walkarounds than I know what to do with!)

As I was coming to the point of starting to have a serious look at the vehicle as I start to model it, I was struck by how very familiar the hull looks; it looks almost exactly like it is the T-64's hull, only with new tracks/wheels/skirts (the wheels identical to the ones on the T-72 it looks like), but with, basically, an extra bit sticking out the back from the new engine block. (Obviously some of the surface details, especially on the engine block will be different.) The dimensions from my T-64 CAD model and the technical drawing of the T-80 are very similar as well.

I am right? Is the T-80 essentially a T-64 with a bigger engine block and new tracks? (Given te fact that the pre-production T-80 essentially used the T-64A turret this makes a lot of sense if true.)

I'd be grateful if anyone could shed some light on this, before I go too much further!

Shapeways, Aotrs Shipyards