Romanian R-1 Tankette

Kit # 72028

Preview by Miro Baric - baricz(at)smallscaleafv.com
Edited by Rob Haelterman

In the mid 30's, the Czechoslovak company Praga built several versions of the AH-IV tankette for export. They were delivered to Iran, Sweden and Romania and even post-war, Praga made a new version for Ethiopia. The Romanian tankette was designated as R-1 and it was the only version that saw action during WWII. They fought in the Soviet Union and some of them survived until 1945, whent they took part in battles against German forces in Czechoslovakia and Austria.
The R-1 was produced in plastic by the Czech company Attack, but their short-run kit was degraded by a poor one-piece suspension and soft details on the smaller parts.

Another option is now brought to us by RetrokiT. This new R-1 tankette is made from resin, and although the suspension is also one-piece, it is much better than in Attack´s kit. All details are crisp. The turret has an open hatch. The hull is molded partially hollow and it has no bottom plate. If you plan to fasten your R-1 to the base, leave it as it is. If you want to turn your kit around a little bit, you must cover the bottom with plastic sheet – nothing complicated.
Instructions are quite simplified, but sufficient.


There are marking options for two vehicles, but no color schemes are provided. The placement of markings is described only in the text in the instructions.


Praga Export Tankettes, Vladimir Francev, MBI (bilingual Czech and English)

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Article Last Updated: 03 March 2009