Gotta love those tiny details! #41

This is the last post about the Polish tech tree tanks, at least until the next line is added (T-55AM Merida prototype, WG plz), so we’re finishing the med line with CS-53, CS-59 and CS-63.

CS-53

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The boxes and storage bins on the sides are marked. The writing tells us what’s stored inside. First photo, left to right: “NARZĘDZIA” (“TOOLS”), “ZIP ARMATY” (spare and technical parts for the gun; “ZIP” was used in Poland, but it originated in Russia, it’s basically a short name for a set of spare parts, repair tools and devices used to regulate something, “ARMATA” means “CANNON”), “SKRZ NOKT” (short for “SKRZYNKA NOKTOWIZORA”, “NIGHT VISION DEVICE BOX”). In the second screenshot you can see an external fuel tank (“PALIWO” = “FUEL”).

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A KPV machine gun, quite common in Poland too.

CS-59

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Side screens taken from the Russian ZET-1 vehicle protection system. We’ve seen the frontal mesh mounted on the barrel of the 60TP in part 13, now we’re seeing the rest of that set.

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CS-63

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Rubber side skirts to protect the tracks from mud and dirt, quite similar (but not exactly the same) to the side skirts on tanks like the T-55AM or T-72.

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Two drums, the one on the left is labeled “PALIWO” (“FUEL”), possibly for the gas turbine, as the second engine of the tank would probably be a diesel one, so the writing would say “OLEJ NAPĘDOWY” (which seems to be true, because there was a drum with that writing on a CS-63 style in my first post). The second one has “OLEJ SILNIKOWY” (“MOTOR OIL”) written on it. It’s rather hard to find a photo of a real Polish tank with drums like that (it’s easier both for the real Russian tanks and for the models), but I got a pic included below. I believe that the drum on the side of this T-34 is labeled “OLEJ SILNIKOWY” or “OLEJ NAPĘDOWY”, which would fit too, as the T-34 had a diesel engine. Also there seems to be a writing on a box on the left fender (a barely visible white spot), which would confirm that the writing on the CS-53 was really used.

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The engine cover on the back of the tank, actually covering two different engines. It’s worth noting that it looks very similar to the same part on the Object 166TM, one of the first Russian tank prototypes that used the gas turbine.

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Two reflective parts, used for identification, the frontal orange one and the rear red one. They are still in use, not only on military vehicles, but also on the ones belonging to the police, border guard etc. when they are used as the “special vehicles”. Lately some police cars were marked with this sign when they were equipped with disinfectants, masks, hazmat suits, basically everything that could be need during the pandemic.

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Some other markings, the one here says “HUTA 172”, “HUTA” meaning “IRONWORKS”. I don’t know if the two lines or text are related and it’s the number of the company, or it’s just a number given to this part. The second option seems a little bit weird, as it would be strange for the ironworks to mark the part without using the full name (like “HUTA ZYGMUNT” that we saw before).

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Some more numbers and a Russian Luna L-2 IR spotlight.

Conclusion

That’s all about the Polish tech tree tanks for now, so next time we’ll look at some premium ones to complete the nation.

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