T-62M-1 - Russian Main Battle Tank, 1983
The T-62 was produced in 1961, and over the years found itself outclassed by other soviet MBTs and Western ones alike, and was in need in of a modernization to maintain their viability. In 1983, this problem was to be addressed with the T-62M-1 upgrade package, which overhauled just about every aspect of the tank, including applique armor, a new engine, new fire control system, improved night vision, smoke grenades, new radios, and the ability to fire gun-launched ATGMs. The new armor package was to offer equivalent protection of the T-64 and T-72 Ural tanks. Overall, the upgrade did a good job of trying to bring the tank into a more modern age, and units of T-62M-1s were used up through the turn of the century, seeing action from Afghanistan to the wars in Chechnya.
The brick built version of this tank includes a fully rotating turret, elevating and depressing main gun, and articulating caterpillar tracks. And much like the real "M-1" upgrade to the T-62, this upgrade package can be bought separately and added onto an existing T-62 model from this website. A standalone version is also available. This model also has a mounting point for a 3rd party brick version of the DShK heavy machine gun for the commander.
The T-62 that the M-1 version was based on had a number of derivatives, such as the IT-1, a missile carrying tank destroyer based on its chassis. Both the original T-62 and the IT-1 are available on this website and have their own dedicated pages.