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Three new kits from UM:

T-34/85 with D5-T Gun
Self-Propelled Gun SU-122
Self-Propelled Gun SU-85M


UM, 1/72

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: UM 327, T-34/85 with D5-T Gun
UM 332, SU-122
UM 335, SU-85M

At USD$7.96 each from Squadron.com
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 142 parts in dark green plastic on five sprues, 22 parts [tyres and tow cables] in black rubbery plastic on two identical sprues, 3 etched metal parts on a small fret, decals for three marking examples and 2 double sided A4 pages with history, parts plan, build diagrams and painting and marking instructions.
Price: each USD$7.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Interesting subjects, highly detailed and cleanly moulded.
Disadvantages: Commanderís hatch moulded closed, rubber tyres may be difficult to clean up
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by
Glen Porter

UM's 1/72 scale T-34, SU-122 and SU-85M kits are available online from Squadron.com




UM has released several kits in 1/72 scale based upon the same basic T-34 chassis. The first being examined is the Su-122 self-propelled gun.



Four of the five sprues in this kit are shared with the T-34/85 and the SU-85M kits, and the level of detail in all three is very high. Consequently, the comments for one can apply to them all.

Parts common to all kits (different wheels in SU-85M)

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The fifth unique sprue comprises the fighting compartment and gun in this kit, and the SU-85M and turret and gun in the T-34. The rubber and metal parts are also common to all three.



T-34/85 with D5-T Gun

This was the initial production T-34 with the bigger 85mm gun. Unique parts are pictured below.

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This vehicle was based on the superstructure of the SU-100 with the bulged right side, but fitted with the 85mm gun. This kit is supplied with later style wheels with lightening holes.

Unique parts are pictured below.

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Common Attributes

All the grab handles are moulded in plastic and look almost to scale, the tracks - link and length - have plenty of detail inside and out and thereís no flash to be seen anywhere. This kit is so good that it is hard to find anything to criticize.

Well, I have found some issues but Iíve got to say they almost represent rivet counting. First of all, Iím not thrilled about the rubber tyres, I think it will be hard to get rid of the seams on them and would have preferred them to be separate but in normal plastic. Secondly, the commanderís hatch is moulded closed, although it wouldnít be too hard to open it. Everything else is above reproach.

The small decal sheets don't display much detail on it but this was typical of Soviet armour. The markings are in register, and the film looks nice and thin. Nothing to quibble about there. The colour schemes are a bit dull but again that is just the way that Russian Armour was. It will be up to the modeller to introduce some variety with weathering and the like.

If I had to give points out of ten for these kits, they would get nine point seven five. They are that good.


Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.

Review and Images Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
Page Created 15 September, 2004
Last updated 15 September, 2004

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