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T-34/85 Model 1943


Maquette, 1/35 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Kit No. 35037
Scale: 1/35
Contents and Media: 245 parts in injection moulded plastic including individual track links; 9 x resin parts (including 2 piece hollow turret and fine details)
Price: USD$29.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Great subject; accurate base kit; hollow resin turret; individual link tracks; nice detail; open rear deck; good value
Disadvantages: Lots of flash; ejector pin marks; sink marks in tracks
Recommendation: Recommended for experienced modellers


Reviewed by Steve Palffy

Maquette's 1/35 scale T-34/85 Model 1943 is available online from Squadron.com




The installation of the D-5T 85mm gun gives the T-34/85 its distinctive rounded housing on the front mantlet.

It is nice to have this earliest mass-produced T-34/85 variant available straight from the box. Maquette's new kit accurately depicts the specific features of the Model 1943 including the forward-mounted turret cupola, rounded fenders, alternately located fuel drums and looped turret lifting hooks.

The kit otherwise shares many major parts with the T-34/85 Model 1945 variant released earlier by Maquette, such as the lower and upper hull, suspension, running gear etc. These parts, although accurate, do suffer from sink marks and quite a lot of flash.


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The unique Model 1943 turret is supplied as a two-piece hollow assembly with some interior detail included.



This is an interesting and accurate kit of a highly significant version of the T-34. The inclusion of the resin turret makes it an even more attractive package at a very reasonable price.

The level of preparation required will make this kit most appropriate for experienced modellers.

Recommended to experienced modellers.

Thanks to Squadron.com for the review sample.

Review Text Copyright 2004 by Steve Palffy
Page Created 21 July, 2004
Last updated 21 July, 2004

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