IT-1 Drakon - Russian Missile Tank Destroyer, 1964
During the cold war, one of the biggest advancements in ground warfare were guided munitions for destroying tanks, and designers sought to bring this armament to tanks themselves. Enter the IT-1, one of the first dedicated missile-carrying tanks for the Soviet Union, based on the T-62 chassis and equipped with the 3M7 ATGM in a new low profile turret. The launcher was automatically loaded from inside the vehicle, meaning the tank only had a crew of 3, and could carry 15 missiles. Rapid advancements in gun-launched ATGMs and the overall poor capabilities of the IT-1 meant it was withdrawn from service soon after production ended.
This brick-built model of the IT-1 Drakon makes light of an otherwise obscure and discarded idea, and features fully articulated tracks, and a rotating turret with adjustable missile launcher. But perhaps the most exciting feature of the this model is the faithful replica of the automatic loading mechanism for the missile, with an articulating liftarm for the launcher that can fold down into the vehicle with the "stored" version of the 3M7 equipped. In this "stored" position the turret can still rotate 360 degrees, and the missile can be deployed at any time. Additionally, the snorkel stored to the rear of the turret can lift up to reveal a storage compartment that can fit whichever missile isn't currently on the launcher.