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T-28 - Removal of the Degtjareva DT's

PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:04 pm
by jopedk
Hello all Finnish armor enthusiasts

I am building an abandoned Russian T-28e (1/35 ICM) during the Winterwar. The crew have abandoned the tank and have removed all the machineguns in a hurry. My problem is how would this look like. Could they simply have removed the guns or would they have had to remove the ball mounts as well?

Re: T-28 - Removal of the Degtjareva DT's

PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:06 pm
by Martti Kujansuu
jopedk wrote:The crew have abandoned the tank and have removed all the machineguns in a hurry. My problem is how would this look like. Could they simply have removed the guns or would they have had to remove the ball mounts as well?


Hello,

Probably just the guns if the vehicle is close to the front. You can't remove the mount without right tools in hurry but the weapons is as usefull without the mount as with it in infantry use.

Martti

Re: T-28 - Removal of the Degtjareva DT's

PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:05 am
by jopedk
Hello Martti

Thank you very much for your reply. It seems logic that the crew would have left the tank without the ball monts. But is it possible to just pull the mg's out of the ball monts? It would be much more conveniet to leave the ball mounts in the model (since I have allready built it) and just drill out the holes where the mg's are sticking out. However my sources seems to suggest that the entire ball mount have been removed. Please see attached photos.

Best regards

johnny Pedersen
Denmark

T-28 interior.JPG
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Captured T-28.jpg
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Re: T-28 - Removal of the Degtjareva DT's

PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:26 am
by M2WHITE
Hello there.

In that picture of turret interior, the complete ball mount has been removed, but DT can also be pulled out of the ball by releasing a simple lever locking meghanism that is attatched to the rear of the ball mount. If you are making a model with no wiew to the interior, then you can simply drill out the hole in the ball mount.

Re: T-28 - Removal of the Degtjareva DT's

PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:27 pm
by jopedk
Hi M2White

Thank you very much for your reply. what puzzle me is the attached photos clearly showing the removed ball mounts on the attached picture of a captured T-28. Perhaps the finns have towed this example to a rear-area and have begun an overhaul?

Re: T-28 - Removal of the Degtjareva DT's

PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:56 pm
by Jaakko Pihlaja
Or perhaps they have removed these ball mount earlier so they would have slightly better view outside and "sacrificed" some of T-28's fire power. With that ball mount on, view to outside is nearly zero...

Re: T-28 - Removal of the Degtjareva DT's

PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:30 am
by jopedk
Hel lo Jaakko

Thank you for your reply. That could be an explanation.

Johnny