UM, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||UM 331 - OT-34/76|
||194 dark green, injection
moulded plastic parts on five sprues, 22 black rubbery plastic
parts on two sprues, 3 PE parts on one fret, decals for two
vehicles plus 2 double sided A4 instruction sheets with history,
parts plan, build diagrams and paint/decal drawings. |
USD$9.96 online from Squadron
||Highly detailed, cleanly
moulded, detailed link and length tracks and nicely printed
||Might be hard to eliminate
seams from tyres.|
1/72 scale OT-34/76 is available
online from Squadron.com
This is another in the series of T-34s by UM but this time it's a
With 194 plastic parts, even with link and length tracks, you can
see it must be very detailed and it is. Now people who know more
about T-34s than I do tell me that UMs range have a few small
inaccuracies, but I'm willing to let them go by because these models
are so nicely moulded and detailed. The flame throwing device
replaces the hull MG in this instance and the turret still carries
the 76 mm anti tank gun and coaxial MG.
All the injection moulded plastic is in a dark green and the soft
rubbery plastic is black. UM are inclined to over-engineer their
kits in my opinion and if the modeller is not careful this can lead
to miss-alignment of parts especially while assembling the chassis.
However, the nine build diagrams are reasonably clear although the
placement of some parts is a bit vague due to there not being any
locating pins so be careful. I noticed, in the parts plan, they tell
you not to use one of the four external fuel tanks but then in the
rest of the instructions they only use two.
PE parts only number three, an engine screen, a saw blade to go
on the hull side and small surround for the hull MG/flame thrower
nozzle. That shouldn't scare off too many people.
I've mentioned before, while reviewing these kits, that I don't like
the rubber tyres for the road wheels. Having separate tyres is, in
it's self, okay, it makes them easier to paint but why make them in
the soft stuff? That just makes it hard to eliminate the inevitable
seam around each one. Fortunately, with the 38[t] range they've
stopped doing it.
The decals are nicely printed, look very thin with good register and
cover two vehicles, one in winter white wash and the other in the
standard Russian Armour Green.
These UM kits are very welcome by us Braille Scalers and I generally
believe they will build into nice little models however their
moulding is not quite as good as Revell, the yard stick, and they
are a little over-engineered but at leased they give us link and
length tracks which is what the modellers want.
Squadron for the review sample.
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