Reviewed by Brett Green
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The latest in the Model Fan Encyclopaedia series, "T-34 Stalin's War Horse",
is a valuable and relatively rare resource for armour modellers. The focus of
the book is the T-34/76 gun tank, up to the Model 1943, up to winter 1943/44
The first 30 pages provides a brief introduction in both Polish and English
covers the development history, combat use and camouflage. Wartime photos are
used to illustrate this text. A further twelve pages evaluates currently
available plastic models and accessories of the T-34/76.
The best aspects of the book though, in my opinion, are the 22 pages of
three-view plans; and the additional 11 pages of 3D drawings pointing out the
distinguishing features of the main prototype and production versions of the
There are no less than 33 different variants covered, with many subtle
differences in turrets, hulls, hatches, fittings, wheels tracks and more!
Nine vehicles are illustrated in four-view colour illustrations to also
depict the variation in camouflage and markings.
I own a few Russian-language publications that describe many of these
variants, but it is luxurious to have access to such concise yet detailed
coverage of the subject with the added bonus of English text. The format is also
ideal for modellers.
Although at 84 pages the term "encyclopaedia" is a bit of an overstatement,
this book is a succinct and essential work for any modeller with an interest in
the ubiquitous T-34.
Thanks to AJaKS for the review sample.
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