Tamiya Military 1/35 Italian P40 Heavy Tank Kit
During WWII, the only heavy tank produced by Italy was the P40. The P stands for Pesante, or "heavy" in Italian, and the number 40 for the year of adoption, 1940. The tank featured bogey-style wheels on a lead spring suspension. The riveted hull construction was the same as the earlier Carro Armato M13/40 (Item 32596). The tank was equipped with a 75mm gun and an 8mm Breda machine gun and was powered by a 330hp V12 diesel engine. The P40 adopted sloped armor after encountering the Soviet T-34s in battle. Roughly 1,200 tanks were ordered, but only a few were completed before the Italian Armistice in 1943. Approximately 100 tanks were used from then to the end of the war in Northern Italy and Yugoslavia.