M-Model 1/35 Soviet D-8 Armored Car MSRP: $9.95
By the end of the 1920s it had become clear that a mobile armored machine, with machine gun, was needed for the Red Army. It was mainly needed for reconnaissance, communications, and crew protection. At the time these machines were capable of being built on the base of a standard commericial automobile with a single driving axle. The choice was made of the chassis of an automobile that was planned to be manufactured with licensed Ford drawings at the Nizhniy Novgorod Motor Works. This passenger car was characterized by small weight, simplicity, and a high cross-country ability. This ability was privided by wheels of a rather large diameter (730 mm).
The new car was designated D-8, and had been designed and built under the supervision of N.I. Dyrenkova. He tried to make the machine light and small, less noticable in combat, and to provide reliable armored protection for the crew. Dyrenkov refused to use a traditional turret and put the armament inside the heavyset body.
Armament consisted of the DT machine gun, of 7.62 mm, and 2,079 rounds were carried aboard for it. This included 756 rounds that were armor-piercing ones. The machine gun was placed in the right front plate, near the driver, and a second "reserve" machine gun was also carried. An additional weapon placement was made for the second machine gun, in the stern, at the suggestion of K.E. Voroshilov. There were also several openings in the armored plate, in the sides, for the D-9 crew to do nearly all-around firing if needed.
The armored car's body was made up of heat treated, flat armored plates of different shapes...that were welded between each other. This helped protect the crew, and the engine, from conventional cartridges and dirt. The armored hood, with tip-up lateral folding doors, had the cooling doors in the front. Through the front doors, air was transfered to cool the radiator. During battle, when these doors were closed, the air went through an inclined gutter protecting the front axle and crank case.
The D-8 was modernized later. A rotary turret, with a DT machine gun in a ball mounting, was installed. In 1932, the new FAI armored car, on the base of the D-8 model (and on the same chassis), was built. Even later it was changed to the chassis of the similar GAZ-A.
Weight: 1.58 tons
Armament: 2 x 7.62mm DT machine guns
Armor Plate: front and sides= 7mm. Stern= 6mm. Roof= 3mm.
Maximum Speed: 85km per hour.
Range: 225km on good roads. 180km cross country.