|Production began in 1935 at small shipyards along the Soviet Union’s inland rivers. When construction began, the T-26 turret was replaced by the 76.2mm short-
barreled gun and turret used in the T-28 medium and T-35 heavy tanks. To provide anti-aircraft defense, the 1125 was fitted with three 12.7mm machine guns in single
mounts. Later in the war, the main gun was replaced with a long barreled 76.2mm T-34 turret and the aft machine gun mount was replaced on some units with a
Katiusha rocket launcher, which increased firepower and effectiveness. By the time of the Nazi invasion in June 1941, 85 boats had been delivered with 68 more under
construction. They saw action very early on, with boats of the Danube flotilla supporting the landing of troops on June 24, routing Romanian soldiers defending the
Danube delta. On June 26, boats of the Pinsk flotilla took part in the Soviet counter-attacks against German positions along the Berezina River. The BKA 1125 was used
throughout the war in attacks against German troops and armor on all fronts, including Stalingrad. Towards the end of the war, these armored boats were used for
bombardment of fortifications and cities in support of Soviet troop advancements. The Austrian capital city, Vienna, was bombed by a flotilla of BKA 1124 and 1125
boats in 1945.
The Kit - ROP o.s. Samek Models offers a resin waterline kit of BKA 1125 river tank. The kit is very simple, with a low part count, but the actual vessel was very
basic as well. The resin parts are comprised of the waterlined hull, the T-34 turret, three 12.7mm housings and barrels, and what appears to be either a searchlight or
gun director. The photo-etch fret, produced by Eduard, is also basic, with railings, life rings, anchor with chain, a mast and a nameplate. Part numbers are etched into
the fret. A plaster water base and a paper Soviet naval ensign round out the contents.
The hull is nicely detailed with the bridge/superstructure, bases for the main turret and aft 12.7mm gun housing, skylights, access hatches, engine hatch and exhaust
pipe. The bridge has portholes and doors cast into it. The T-34 turret is well done and the 12.7mm housings, which are on a casting wafer, also have a fair amount of
detail, though one had a little void that need filling. The smaller parts are on a casting runner. The photo-etch is not brass or stainless steel, but some other material that
is sturdy and easy to use.