T-34/85 with S-53 gun
S u m m a r y
||UM 328 T-34/85 with S-53
||198 dark green plastic parts
on five sprues, 3 PE parts on one fret, 22 black rubber parts on
two identical frames, Decals for no less than seven vehicles and
4 double sided A4 pages of instructions with history, parts
plan, build diagrams and paint/decal drawings. , |
USD$9.96 from Squadron.com|
||Interesting subjects, highly
detailed and cleanly moulded.|
||In my opinion, rubber road
wheel tyres, numbers on decals donít match
those in instructions, closed commanderís hatch and too
many bolts on road wheels.|
1/72 scale T-34/85 with S-53 gun is available online
The T-34 is reputed
to be the best tank built during the Second World War.
Having the right
combination of armour, mobility and firepower it certainly gave the
German Army a nasty surprise when first encountered. In fact, the
Wehrmacht was so impressed that General Guderian suggested that to
defeat it, Germany should just copy it. This didnít happen of
course, and at Kursk the Soviet Army found the T-34ís 76mm gun was
no match for the Tigers and Panthers.
Enter the T-34/85.
This second T-34/85 from UM
represents, I believe, the Model 1945, according to
Greenís article on identifying warime T-34/85 variants in
Hyperscaleís reference section. This variant might be said
to be the best.
198 parts? Sure itís got
link and length tracks but that only accounts for 44 parts. Many
1/35 scale Armour kits have less than this.Mind you, some of the
sprues are for other kits and many parts are not used, like grab
handles for instance, beautifully moulded in plastic and almost to
scale, but they wonít go astray in the spares box. My only criticism
of the plastic is the road wheels have too many bolts, 12 instead of
6 and the commanderís hatch is moulded closed. Mind you, both the
loader and driverís hatches can be modelled open and it wonít take
much work to open that pesky commanderís hatch.
Click thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The rubber tyres, Iím not so
sure about. I like the idea of separate wheels and tyres as it
solves some painting problems but I would prefer to see the tyres in
plastic because seams can be hard to rid from rubber. Each rubber
sprue has a tow cable on it and I will have to wait to see if this
is a good idea or not until I build the kit to pass judgement.
PE parts number only three,
thank goodness, as Iím not a fan of this media. Engine screen, saw
blade and a circular piece behind the MG I can live with.
Decals, for SEVEN, (yes you
read it right) seven vehicles, are well printed by UM although there
is a small register problem where the red doesnít quite align with
the white. However, there are only two markings where red and white
are both used and these are the two red stars with white border.
Either you donít use these stars and find another set or avoid this
scheme. The rest of the markings are unaffected. Some of the decal
numbers donít match those on the instructions; however, a careful
scan of the instructions will solve this small problem.
The instructions are what we
have come to expect from UM - clear and concise with the parts not
for use on the parts plan unnumbered and shaded. Another small
problem, again on the paint/decal diagram, where the main four view
drawing has a date of spring 1942. The T-34/85 wasnít introduced
till 1943 and this could just be a typo. However, three of the other
six schemes are dated summer and July 1944. This is a 1945 model and
although it was introduced in 1944 I donít think it was that early.
These ďrivet countingĒ
problems aside, this is a superb little kit and any Brail scale
modellers should be able to produce a lovely T-34/85 from it. Letís
face it; this is Revell territory fellows, so buy two or more. You
wonít regret it.
Squadron for the review sample.
Review and Images Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
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