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T-34/85

Empire City Decals 1/35 Stalin's Diplomat: T-34 Tank Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2008 Manufacturer Empire City Decals
Subject Stalin's Diplomat: T-34 Tank Scale 1/35
Set Number 3501 Pros Markings for 15 different T-34s
Cons   Skill Level Novice
MSRP (USD) $14.00    

First Look

Empire City Decals has released their first sheet aimed at the 1/35 scale armor market and it covers the ever-popular T-34 tank. The sheet provides markings for 15 different late World War II through Cold War T-35/85 tanks, some Russian, many from other parts of the world. The sheet covers the following subjects:

T-34/85 T-34/85
  • T-34/85, Red 01, 119 Tank Regt, Soviet Army, Winter 1944, Armenian script
  • T-34/85, Yellow 211, 2 Tank Div, Finnish Army, Summer 1944
  • T-34/85, Soviet Army, May 1945
  • T-34/85, White 122, Somali Army, 1978
  • T-34/85, 44 Armored Bde, Syrian Army, 1967
  • T-34/85, 202 Armored Regt, North Vietnamese Army, 1971
  • T-34/85, White 1213, 3 Armored Bde, Polish Army, May 1945
  • T-34/85, Greek Cypriot National Guard, Cyprus, 1974
  • T-34/85, 1 Armored Bde, Czech Army, Winter 1945
  • T-34/85, Egyptian Army, Suez, 1956
  • T-34/85, Angolan Marxist Army, 1980s
  • T-34/85, White 212, Somali Army, 1980s
  • T-34/85, Beirut, 1982
  • T-34/85, Yellow 2-220, Soviet Army, Autumn 1944
  • T-34/85, Yellow 321, 56 Guards Tank Bde, Occupied Germany, 1946

These decals are printed sharp, clear, and in perfect register. The variety of subjects and paint schemes will make any T-34 fan want to build several subjects from this sheet.

These will provide some interesting subjects for the 1/35 DML or Tamiya T-34/85 kits, though you'll need to dig out the references to replicate some of the design differences that some of the subjects will exhibit from their Czech, or remanufactured detail differences.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Empire City Decals, visit their website at http://www.empirecitydecals.com.

My sincere thanks to Empire City Decals for this review sample!

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