This T-34/85 has been sprayed Armour Green Russe (Testors WP 7832) mixed avec yellow to give the véhicule a slightly faded look. Le char still needs to be weathered significantly to achieve a realistic look, et the decals have not been mounted yet. The hand-rails were scratchbuilt from pianowire, because the original plastic parts are very brittle et they appeared to be out of scale. The AER model has hard plastic tracks which may be glued to the top et bottom of the roadwheels securely. The upper track section needs to be bent to suggest the weight of the track. L'infanterie in the photo are a mixture of ESCI et Revell figurines.
- Char Moyen T-34/85 M.44
- Decal Sheet covering 22 véhicules en service soviétique, polonais, et tchécoslovaque
- Bon choix de sujet, the T34/85 was an important combat véhicule de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, et it continued to serve for many decades thereafter.
- There are 22 different sets of decals pour représenter un T-34/85 serving in Eastern Europe, Allemagne, Autriche, ou North China en 1944 et 1945. The selection is very nice for dioramistes who want to portray a moment in history involving one particular véhicule like the T-34 of Junior Lieutenant Frolikov who was the first to enter the City of Minsk in Juillet of 1944.
- The running gear is fun to assemble, even if the alignment of the track links is not entirely clear from the instructions.
- This T-34/85 is a interesting challenge for the modéliste serieux. Joueurs de Guerre will get acceptable results even if they do not attempt to improve the model avec scratchbuilt parts.
- Compatible avec ESCI, Hasegawa, Revell, et Reviresco.
- This T-34/85 requires more modelling experience than one would expect from a typical plastic kit. The locating holes on the hull sides et deck need to be drilled open. These holes are marked by a small circle. Some holes are not needed at all, et the circles should be scraped off carefully. Significant flash on most parts needs to be removed carefully before assembly.
- The gun barrel is built from two half-pipes which will soften et bend if too much glue is used. In addition, the assembled barrel is difficult to clean up, because there are so many sprue attachment points along its length.
- The exhaust cover (part 5) did not fit properly once the flash had been removed. The dividing line between the flash et the actual part is not immediately apparant.
- The hinges on the écoutille du conducteur were embedded in flash. Even after the flash had been removed, the hinges would not interlock properly avec corresponding hinges on the hull. Apparently, this hatch is modelled in the open position, but there are no parts to model the compartiment conducteur. Anyone adept at scratchbuilding the compartiment conducteur may want to leave the hatch open.
- The upper et lower turret parts 33 et 34 did not fit very well in the area around the gun mantlet. The locating pins had to be sliced off, to improve the fit, et noticeable gaps needed to be filled prior to painting.
- The illustration on the box cover shows the metal supports for the external fuel drums very nicely, but the actual parts are glued to the hull sides without any supports.
- The tool boxes mounted on the fenders are not detailed at all. These parts should have a lid avec the proper hinges, latches, et handles on either end.
- The track assembly instructions were difficult to follow, because there are two different types of track links et it is not entirely clear where to start ou how to align them. However, the track went together quite well, et the result looks very good.
The T-34/85 is fun to build et paint. Modélistes sérieux will improve the kit further by adding scratchbuilt parts, stowage items et infanterie portée. One interesting detailing project would be to model le char avec open hatches, in which case the compartiment conducteur needs to be built from scratch.
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