The most-produced family of tanks in world history, the Soviet T-54/T-55 series was designed just as World War II came to a close. Its first production-run began in 1947, and total manufacturing numbers have been estimated upwards of 100,000. Though it was developed to combat Western ground forces in the event that the Cold War become "hot," the tank never directly engaged its NATO enemies in Europe. It does, however, remain in service with as many as 50 nations around the world — though it's been retired from Russian usage.
This 1/72 scale, Hobby Master, die cast model — a reproduction of the #116 T-55 operating with the Soviet Naval Infantry in Ethiopia in 1980 — features finely textured surfaces, a rotating 100mm turret, plenty of simulated accessories, two rear-mounted fuel tanks, realistic tracks, authentic markings, and a removable display base. Measures approximately 5" long.
Hobby Master: HG3320