Visit to Kubinka Tank Museum

Forum for Armortek Owners to Meet, chat and share knowledge. You are advised to check 'official advice' before carrying out any modifications.
Post Reply
Mark Russell
Posts: 165
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:22 pm
Location: Worcestershire
Has liked: 1 time
Been Liked: 128 times

Visit to Kubinka Tank Museum

Post by Mark Russell » Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:36 pm

My visit to Kubinka in June 2011. I only gained entry because I was with our Russian agent and I had to apply for permission to visit from the Russian embassy in Moscow 3 months prior to my visit as foreign nationals back then were not usually allowed in. I had to give details and copies of my parents and their parents passports and birth certificates. Not sure if it’s little easier to get in their now? I will never forget as I was quizzed by a Russian general who thought I was under cover British army. Once he realised that I wasn’t then he gave me a 6 hour personalised tour which included “special” sheds around the back which are not open to visitors, but I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures. They contained every conceivable prototype of every Russian Tank ever thought of and/or made, it was amazing...
Attachments
IMG_1622.JPG
IMG_1621.JPG
IMG_1620.JPG
IMG_1619.JPG
IMG_1618.JPG
IMG_1617.JPG
IMG_1616.JPG
IMG_1615.JPG
IMG_1614.JPG
IMG_1613.JPG
IMG_1612.JPG
IMG_1611.JPG
IMG_1610.JPG
IMG_1609.JPG
IMG_1608.JPG
IMG_1607.JPG
IMG_1606.JPG
IMG_1605.JPG
IMG_1604.JPG
IMG_1603.JPG
Last edited by Mark Russell on Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Mark Russell
Posts: 165
Joined: Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:22 pm
Location: Worcestershire
Has liked: 1 time
Been Liked: 128 times

Re: Visit to Kubinka a Tank Museum

Post by Mark Russell » Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:13 pm

A few more pictures...
Attachments
IMG_1640.JPG
IMG_1639.JPG
IMG_1638.JPG
IMG_1637.JPG
IMG_1636.JPG
IMG_1635.JPG
IMG_1634.JPG
IMG_1633.JPG
IMG_1632.JPG
IMG_1631.JPG
IMG_1630.JPG
IMG_1629.JPG
IMG_1628.JPG
IMG_1627.JPG
IMG_1626.JPG
IMG_1625.JPG
IMG_1624.JPG
IMG_1623.JPG

simon_manning
Posts: 1641
Joined: Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:51 pm
Location: new forest,hampshire,u.k.
Been Liked: 502 times

Re: Visit to Kubinka Tank Museum

Post by simon_manning » Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:48 am

Great photo's, it look's a very interesting place to visit, with a collection of that size and rare vehicles you'd think they would do a" Bovington "and see the commercial aspect, more visitors, more revenue, i am sure more overseas tank nut's would love to go, regards simon manning.

Kevin Hunter
Posts: 471
Joined: Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:10 am
Location: Guernsey, Channel Islands
Has liked: 132 times
Been Liked: 68 times

Re: Visit to Kubinka Tank Museum

Post by Kevin Hunter » Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:43 pm

As always I stand to be corrected but, according to the mighty wikipedia, Kubinka has been open to the public since 2017. Marks visit was back in 2011.

Entrance seems to be less straightforward than Bovvy!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kubinka_Tank_Museum

They have a website: http://tankmuseum.ru/

Great photos Mark, thankyou. Some very interesting stuff there.
Kevin

Michael Cecil
Posts: 86
Joined: Wed May 20, 2015 7:03 pm
Has liked: 19 times
Been Liked: 32 times

Re: Visit to Kubinka Tank Museum

Post by Michael Cecil » Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:56 pm

It is an extraordinary collection.

There were no walkway barriers and very few outside exhibits when I visited in 1991.It was the depths of winter, and my glove froze to the hull of Maus when I touched it (which was against the far wall just beyond the Carl Gerat 60cm mortar).

I think we were the second western group ever to be allowed to visit, the first being David Fletcher et al from the Tank Museum.

Mike

Robert Reid
Posts: 481
Joined: Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:49 pm
Has liked: 72 times
Been Liked: 323 times

Re: Visit to Kubinka Tank Museum

Post by Robert Reid » Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:40 pm

What an amazing museum and experience!

Thanks for sharing the photos. Too bad it's so challenging to visit. Because it's an amazing resource for modelers and military historians alike!

Cheers,

RPR

Post Reply