Unimodel 1/72 T-34/76 Model 1943 Kit First Look
|Date of Review||October 2005||Manufacturer||Unimodel|
|Subject||T-34/76 Model 1943||Scale||1/72|
|Kit Number||0326||Primary Media||Styrene & Photo-Etch|
|Pros||Nicely detailed tank kit||Cons|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$10.98|
The T-34/76 Model 1943 entered production in 1943 as a major improvement over existing front-line armor. This new tank featured a new hull with heavier armor, a new turret to house the 76mm F-34 main gun, and internal stowage for 100 rounds of ammunition. In addition, the tank was also equipped with two 7.62mm machine guns.
Powered by a 12 cylinder diesel engine, the T-34/76 Model 1943 could move its 30.9 tons up to 55 kph. It would be the principal weapon to drive the Germans back into Germany. The combination of firepower, mobility, and simplicity made the T-34 arguably the greatest tank of World War II.
The kit is molded in green styrene and presented on five parts trees, plus two additional rubber trees cast in black containing the rubber road wheels. A small fret of photo-etched parts is also included which contains an engine deck grille, a wood saw, and the mantlet for the hull machine gun.
The first tree contains the upper hull, front fenders, turret hatches and a number of parts not used in this kit. The second tree contains the turret sides and top as well as the main gun barrel. The third and fourth (identical) trees contain road wheels and track sections, as well as grab irons for the turret. The final tree contains the lower hull and hull sides.
The track sections are an interesting touch since they are more realistic than rubber band tracks and easier to manipulate/assemble than true track links (especially in this scale). The results appear to be quite nice.
The rubber road wheels are an interesting touch that will save lots of time painting the wheels. Since there are ten rubber wheels on each side of the hull, this would be convenient!
Looking over the instructions, the details of this kit are quite impressive and the T-34/76 should build into a nice scale replica.
Markings are included to represent six different T-34/76s:
- T-34/76, Red 06, 1st Baltic Front, Winter 1944
- T-34/76, White 2112, 2nd Ukrainian Front, Spring 1944
- T-34/76, White 7, 4th Guards Mechanized Corps, Belorussian Front, Summer 1944
- T-34/76, White 24, 22nd Tank Brigade, 6th Tank Corps, Fall 1943
- T-34/76, White 101, 4th Guards Mechanized Corps, 3rd Ukrainian Front, Fall 1944
- T-34/76, White 01, 1st Baltic Front, Winter 1944
This is a nice-looking kit that is reasonably priced and not a difficult build. You can see for yourself at your local hobby establishment or you can find this kit online at Squadron Mail Order.
My sincere thanks to Squadron Mail Order for this review sample!