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T-34/76 Model 1943
with cast turret

 

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UM, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: UM326 - T-34/76 Model 1943
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 194 dark green plastic parts on five sprues, 22 black soft rubbery parts (tyres and tow cable) on two sprues, 3 PE parts on one fret, decals for 6 vehicles plus a 4 page fold-out instruction sheet with history, parts plan, 9 build diagrams and 6 paint/decal drawings.
Price: USD$9.96 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Highly detailed, excellent decals, hard plastic link and length tracks
Disadvantages: Multi-media, not for beginners.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by
Glenn Porter


UM's 1/72 scale T-34/76 Model 1943 is available online from Squadron.com

 

FirstLook

 

Here on HyperScale, we've reviewed a few of these UM T-34/76s before (refer Hyperscale Reviews section). This one is much the same, the main difference is the cast gun-turret with a Commander's cupola. Now, I'm no T-34 expert, but I'm told these UM kits have some inaccuracies, due to using the same moulds for several different Marks. However, I'm told they are small. It looks like a duck, it sounds like a duck, as far as I'm concerned it is a duck, or at least a T-34.

What I can tell you, is that these kits are highly detailed and go together quite well except for the lower hull where care must be taken, as I've said before.

Sprue E is the one that's different and it carries the turret halves and two roofs, one of which is not for use here as are some 34 other parts, all indicated in the instructions.

The only thing I don't like about this kit is the rubber tyres, where I think it may be hard to get rid of the seams, although in all fairness, they aren't all that prominent.

There are six decal options and unlike some other kits, they are all in the instructions with the only problem being the tank on the box front has a red star but in the instructions it's white.

I'm starting to get quite a collection of these UM T34s and because of this I haven't bothered to buy any of the new Dragon ones but I believe the best on the market is the Revell example, which I've got, but it's an 85, not a 76 and I don't like the Dragon tracks. So! UM it is and loving it.

Recommended to all but the barest novices.
 

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.


Review and Images Copyright 2005 by Glen Porter
Page Created 08 December, 2005
Last updated 08 December, 2005

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