The T-62 was developed in 1961 as an upgrade to the T-54 and T-55 series tanks as modern western tank design was starting to offer protection against 100mm guns. Thus, a 115mm smoothbore gun was developed to solve this problem but required a new, larger turret, and led to more of an interim solution of tank than a truly new design, which became the T-62. With domestic soviet production starting in 1962 ending in 1975, and foreign production ending in 1980, almost 23,000 units were made, quickly being outclassed by new designs such as the T-64 and T-72 tanks.
The Lego version of this tank includes a fully rotating turret, elevating and depressing main gun, and articulating caterpillar tracks. It is an earlier model with more of a flatter turret and no external upgrades. Everything from the massive 115mm gun to the spacing of the road wheels to the all-important anti-ditching log found on all Russian tanks has been recreated in Lego to produce and accurate model of a truly iconic tank.