The Soviet T-34 is considered the most successful tank of its time, it combined high speed, maneuverability e fuel economy, low silhouette, good armour protection e firepower. The vehicle had 60 mm of sloped frontal armour, as much as the modern Leopard II, making it immune to cannoni anticarro da 37 cm PaK 35/36. Even the powerful 8.8 cm L.71 gun of the Jagdpanther tank destroyer had only a calculated 11% probability of penetrating the T-34's sloped frontal armour at 500 m range. By comparison, the German Tiger I tank was twice as heavy, but it lacked the sloped armour which would have reduced the probability of an effective hit against it by as much as 34%.
- Carro Armato Medio T-34/76.C
- Nitsenko-Buslov Cast Turret, Zavod No. 112, Gorky
- 12.7 mm DShK M.1938 Machine-Gun
- Diorama base, ed un fante sovietico
- Fanteria Sovietica in scala 1:72 Soft Plastic
Scale model con superb cast-on detail. Rivets, hinges, ed engine gratings lend themselves well to drybrushing. The entire tank has the robust look one would expect of a mass-produced vehicle.
Excellent choice of subject, the T-34 is a key vehicle della seconda guerra mondiale.
Intermediate level of difficulty, only 76 parts. The running gear e chassis consist of 45 parts. The upper hull e torretta show a lot of cast-on detail, e they account for only 26 parts. One fanteria figure, the diorama base, e tre sections of a wooden fence complete the model. Track assembly requires a little patience, there are 10 tiny wheel hubs which need careful handling while the sprue is trimmed away. Other than that, the kit is a delight to build. Giocatori Wargame will find that this T-34 is perfect for mass-production, just like the real thing.
The mitragliatrice Degtiarev-Chpaguine DChK da 12.7 mm on the torretta roof is a nicely detailed model. We drilled the mounting bracket open ed inserted a short metal post, cut from 0.6 mm pianowire, instead of the plastic part supplied con the kit. This part will receive some rough handling in simulation games, e the plastic post is likely to snap off eventually. DChK 12.7 mm HMG were in short supply at the time, e most carri armati T-34 operated without one. It's a good idea to leave this weapon off the T-34, e mount it on lend-lease veicoli like the US M3 White Scout Car o Universal/Scout Carrier britannico instead. The barrel of the DChK 12.7 mm m.1938-46 may also be used to convert the HMG ruotato supplied in ESCI e Revell fanteria sovietica figure sets, it looks good in the fanteria support role.
Good quality kit. Parts fit very well e there is minimal flash.
This T-34 is a Matchbox 1:76 scale model, the 1:72 scale denominazione sulla copertina della scatola is incorrect. Revell re-released the popular carro armato medio T-34/76.C di Matchbox in scala 1:76 under its own label, the vehicle is now part of a boxed set con Revell's fanteria sovietica in scala 1:72 soft plastic. The combination of due different model scales in the same kit is not a sound practise, e customers should not be mislead about what is inside the box.
The tracks are cast in a very soft rubber, reminiscent of Airfix tank tracks. It is probably a good idea to paint e varnish these tracks, preventing the softener from leaching out. One advantage of the rubber tracks is that they can easily be glued down on the road wheels to suggest the weight of the track.
The peg holding the torretta in place does not provide enough friction for a good fit. The torretta turns e wobbles when the tank is picked up. Not a problem for dioramisti who glue the torretta in place permanently.
The spare track sections are glued against the right-hand side armour plate, but the retaining bars are missing. As can be seen in the picture, this arrangement does not look realistic, the track sections would fall off. The missing holders may be cut out of paper o plastic card.
The road wheels do not show the characteristic tread, an unfortunate ommission.
Part 1 - one half of the lower gun mantlet - seems to have been marred in the casting process. The side panel shows several mould lines which should not be there. This damage will be difficult to repair without removing the rivets in the process. Better to convert the blemish into some kind of battle damage. The part itself is not symmetrical anymore, it needs to be carved e filed to match the other parts of the mantlet.
The painting example on the side panel of the box shows the T-34 in a very nice shade of olive green. This is not the same colour as Revell Nr. 48 (Sea Green) recommended in the painting instructions. Carri armati sovietici were painted in a variety of colours, olive green, slate grey o khaki, e they were whitewashed in winter. The whitewash would have patches of colour showing through, ed it would be very muddy. Some carri armati rolled directly into battle from the production line, e they would be in an armour grey colour overall.
The kit includes torretta numbers of only due veicoli, one from the 41st Guard Tank Division e the other from the 25th Tank Division. Such frugality is very bad marketing. Clearly, if more torretta numbers had been included, modellers e giocatori wargame would be encouraged to build entire plotoni e compagnie carri from one o the other division.
The decalcomania of the aerial recognition panel on the torretta roof does not apply very well, because the torretta hatches are too prominent. It's better to paint the white band across the torretta.
Decalcomanie of popular slogans like "For the Motherland" o "A friend in battle" are not included. The slogans first appeared during the Battle for Moscow, e they add a lot of character to a vehicle.
The Matchbox/Revell model of the T-34/76.C offers good value for money, even if the fanteria e the tank in this set are not strictly compatible.
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