History for the Modeler
The Turan was an indigenous Hungarian 20-ton “heavy” tank
though by 1942 it would best fit a medium tank category. The Hungarians
initially produced the Turan I armed with a 40-mm high velocity gun.
When the 40-mm gun was found inadequate against Soviet tanks the Turan
II was developed with a new larger turret mounting a 75-mm medium
velocity gun. The suspension was derived from the Czech T-35 (PzKpfw
Is In The Box
box art shows an accurate painting of a Turan II tank. The first
thing I notice is the immense number of rivets used for production,
rather than welding that most all major powers were using at this
time. This box art will be important for assembly and as a painting
have a large turret armed with a 75-mm main gun, a coaxial machine
gun on the right (our left) of the 75-mm gun, and a raised cupola-like
part in the center with a commander’s hatch. There are side
doors similar to that on the Panzer IV turret. Hooks hang off the
turret and hull side for side skirts, similar to that of the German
Pz IV tank Schurzen. There are spare track links mounted on the
the hull is what looks to me like a wooden jack base on each front
mudguard; behind these are two headlights. On the rear sides I see
handtools. There is a hull machine gun in a bulbous mount on the
tank’s left. The hull has one hatch over the driver’s
station on the right side (our left).
tank is painted in a striking 3-color, soft-edge, camouflage scheme
that will definitely be a challenge for many small scale modelers.
The Turan box art shows Hungarian national markings on the hull
sides and engine deck and some vehicle and unit markings on the
right of the box art is a photo of the kit’s water slide,
decal markings for a choice of three or more Turan tanks. Each marking
is numbered (but there is no marking guide in the kit instructions).
The decals look great and I am very thankful that Hunor has included
I did not count all the parts but there are approximately 60 light-amber
colored, cast resin parts and about 40 etched metal parts, though
all the etched parts may not be used with this model.
Here we have a scan of the Hunor Products Turan II kit lower hull
and superstructure at far left, and the Cromwell Models Combat Ready
1/76-scale Turan I kit hull at center-right for comparison. At far
right is the Hunor Products Turan II turret with 75-mm gun; above
this is the dark yellow colored Cromwell Models Turan I turret.
Hunor Products casting and detail appears very good. The hull looks
rather bare compared to the Cromwell Model as Hunor casts many of
their small parts like hand tools, periscopes and jacks separately.
far right we can compare some differences between the Turan I turret
from Cromwell Models and the Turan II turret. The Turan 1 mounted
a smaller gun and had a smaller turret. Hunor has a depression where
the commander hatch should be; in order to mount a figure we will
have to drill the hole deeper.
odd thing I notice is that the 1/72-scale Hunor Products Turan hull
is the same length and width as the supposedly smaller 1/76-scale
Cromwell Models Turan hull. The roadwheels and bogie assemblies
for the two kits are about the same size as well. One of these kits
has to be the wrong scale! The real Turan is about 5.55 meters long
and 2.44 m wide or 77-mm and 34-mm in 1/72 scale, while the kits
are about 76-mm long and about 30-mm wide. Based on these measurements
I would judge that Hunor's and the Cromwell’s Turan tanks
are both about 1/72-scale, not 1/76.
The lower hull and suspension of the Turan tank are shared with
that of Huron Product’s Zrinyi
assault gun kits.
Products has an interesting and unique way of casting their tank
tracks: as one continuous band with the pour block on the inner
edges. Detail and accuracy appear very good. I think that to assemble
these we may need to mount them on the attached roadwheels and return
rollers and then glue on the sprockets wheels.
bottom left are seven periscopes that insert into holes in the turret
and hull roofs. At far right is what looks to be the 40-mm gun for
the Turan 1 tank that may be nice with the Cromwell Models kit?
find it interesting that the front sprocket wheels and rear idler
wheels are the same; they both have teeth to engage the track. Of
course this means the sprocket wheel could be the rear wheel.
bottom right next to the return rollers is a headlight, and a jack
block (block of wood that goes under the jack) which is stored on
the forward mudguards.
These are the same kit instructions and photo-etch metal parts
that come with Hunor Product’s Zrinyi
kit. The instructions are barely adequate for an experienced modeler
in my opinion. The etched metal parts are numbered but I found no
numbers on the resin kit parts. It is unclear about several dashed
rectangles for the turret.
this is a very nice kit of a unique vehicle and I greatly appreciate
Hunor producing several models of it, if it had great assembly directions
I would appreciate it even more. Study your reference photos really
well and look at some fine large scale Turan models to help with