The Soviet Union's T-34 was produced in greater numbers than any other tank in World War II. With many T-34 kits on the market, AFV Club has raised the bar with a full interior for its T-34/76. The kit includes a live suspension, turned-brass barrel, posable turret hatch, full hull, and turret interior. Not provided are the internal fuel tanks, wiring, and fuel lines.
Building the suspension, I super glued the spring ends to the top and bottom pieces so the shaft would float. The road wheels are made up of a separate "rubber" rim. I painted the interior with Tamiya flat white (XF-2) and the interior side walls and oil tanks Testors Italian brown. Where visible on the interior walls, the ejector-pin marks were removed and painted with Testors Metalizer burnt metal. No internal fuel tanks were provided, so you'll have to scratchbuild them. I joined the one-piece tracks with "Goop" adhesive and painted with Tamiya metallic gray (XF-56).
Building the fighting compartment presented no issues other than the lack of electrical wiring. After looking at photos of crewmen loading the tank with ammo, I settled on painting the 76mm high-explosive round with SnJ brass for the case and Floquil weathered black for the warhead. The air tanks and line were painted medium blue, and the fuel line Tamiya yellow. I weathered the interior with a wash and Tamiya weathering pastels.
I've heard the buzz on the Internet about the engine having both early- and late-style air cleaners. These same people missed the cutaway drawing in Steve Zaloga and Peter Sarson's book T-34 Medium Tank 1941-45 (Osprey) showing a T-34/76 with the same setup. It's possible the museum example that AFV Club used may have had an early-style air cleaner engine installed in an updated hull. We are all learning more about the T-34 as more information comes out of Russia.
The good news is the kit has the parts to assemble the later-type air cleaners. Substitute intake manifold parts A52, A53 for A54, and you are set. If you want to model the earlier air cleaner, use rear bulkhead part number C39 as a template and omit the holes for the later-style air cleaner.
You'll have to modify the exhaust pipes as well. After all the drivetrain components are installed, the lower rear hull plate has a gap that the final drive does not cover. I filled the gap with Squadron white putty.
Building the turret was straightforward, although a large seam on the back of the turret needed filling. I substituted turret hatch cover support Part E14 (open position) for Part E15 (closed) and painted the interior Tamiya white. The main armament is Tamiya J.A. green XF-13.
I painted the model overall with Tamiya J.A. green, using Tamiya weathering pastels for a light amount of weathering. Markings are provided for four vehicles; I chose those of a Polish tank division. My reference for this build was T-34: Mythical Weapon, by Robert Michulec and Miroslaw Zientar-zewski.
I spent 50 hours building this kit and can only recommend it to experienced modelers. For those who are looking to model a T-34 clear view or in its natural "brewed up" state, this is the kit for you.
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