of the content of the kit can be found here.
Pictures from Henk
of Holland website, used with permission
was straightforward. It helps that the complete suspension can be
built (and painted) as a separate part and added only at the end of
As the diorama I had in mind for this kit required the suspension
to be articulated, I cut off some suspension arms and repositioned
them. Unlike the UM kit, the
Revell kit doesn't come with separate parts for the swing arms.
I don't know if this modification is the reason, but I ended up a
few track links short. I have heard rumors that this is a typical
problem of this kit, but unless I build it again in the stock configuration,
I can't be sure. Fortunately I had some spare sprues with track links
lying around (bought years ago from Revell's Department X). This also
allowed me to use a larger number of individual links to replace the
sections that Revell provides. (For those who want to know the details,
I added 12 individual track links and omitted two 4-link sections.)
Note that the T-34 track has a main link and a connecting link, which
together span quite a distance, making it very difficult to get an
even number to match when completing the complete track length.
I should also have paid more attention to the drive sprocket (which
is to the rear in this tank). In contrast with most tanks (that have
drive sprockets with teeth that engage the track), the T-34 engages
the track teeth that go into openings in the sprocket. I ended up
removing a bit of material on the inside of the sprockets to make
the teeth fit. I also appeared to have used way too much glue to make
the tracks stick to the roadwheels and it shows on the finished model
(but hopefully won't, once the kit has found its final resting place
in the planned diorama).
For those who are interested, the roadwheels in this kit are the full
spider wheels typical of Zavod 183.
kit doesn't alow for an open driver's hatch. Worse, the driver's visors
are closed (even though on the boxtop one is slightly open), so the
driver in this kit is basically driving blind. Fortunately, I previously
built an UniModel (UM) T-34/85,
and, not being happy with the way it turned out, I salvaged the separate
driver's visors from that kit and grafted them onto the Revell kit.
of the time spent on this kit's hull went into assembling the external
fuel tanks and trying to get all seams smooth. Revell's idea of having
two half cylinders and two lids per tank seems a good idea, but, in
the end, caused me a headache. I believe UM's
way to split the parts is more practical.
tanks at the rear came from Leva
set 72C18 and are a typical feature of late war T-34s. I believe
they should be handed, but the Leva set gives you two identical oil
tanks. I also believe I should have added piping to connect them to
the engine compartment, but caught that detail too late.
cable is from Eureka
XXL, with towing eyes from the Revell kit, as I broke the ones
from Eureka. The Eurake set is labeled as for the T-34/76, but it
would have to do.
detail that is seen on the boxtop but not on the plastic parts is
the hinge on the inner, vertical side of the front fender flaps, which
I simply scribed into existence. I also drilled out the exhausts.
For the turret, I used the Leva
set 72C18 for the early "flattened" turret, without
bulge for the turret traverse mechanism and with the double hatch.
The Revell turret isn't bad in shape and represents the late "step-jointed
flattened" turret with from Zavod 183 with late, large single
hatch, but is extremely smooth. The small bulge on the left side for
the turret traverse mechanism should also have been a bit more pronounced
(like it is on the boxtop), in my opinion.
The Leva turret has a very nice, rough texture to it.
The cupola came from the same UM
T-34/85 as mentioned earlier, as I found this area of the Leva
set rather poor in detail. This cupola is the earlier type with double
hatch as well.
I have been told that the cupola of the T-34/85 could rotate. That
is why mine isn't perfectly aligned, right ?
are lacking from the Leva turret set, but can be taken from the Revell
was replaced with an RB
Model metal one (72B13), as Revell's barrel isn't quite round
in cross section, while Leva's offering is even worse.
I'm a bit surprised that the gun collar in Revell's kit doesn't have
the side extensions, which I would have expected on a late turret,
but as the Leva set represents an earlier turret and as the mantlet
is rather poor, I replaced it with the Revell part.
I built my kit in fictitious markings, but for those who are interested,
these are the markings offered by the Revell kit
offers the following comments:
all of the 1/72 models of the T-34/85, except for the ones recently
from Zvezda, are based on very dated knowledge, before anyone had
figured out what turret details come from what factory, what wheels
go with which factory, etc. (Even now, the research is not complete
but things are much better.) So these old kits should all be presumed
to have "inaccurate" decals. They just did not know better
back in the 1990's and mid 2000's.
Anyway, vehicle 242 can be seen in this
The fenders, as you can see in the picture, should be curved. Unless
I am mistaken, the cupola hatch should be the earlier, two-piece
version instead of the one-piece version as depicted on the kit.
(I would not even go into details like vision slits, electrical
traverse and so forth because I do not have the Revell kit to compare.
A bit more information can be found here.)
Essentially, the kit represents a later version of the T-34/85 than
the actual vehicle. Even in terms of the decals themselves, there
is a marking missing on the rear of the turret.
Also, the Revell decal says "S" instead of "Б"
on top of the 242 number, whic is a big big big mistake. Note that
the boxtop has the correct marking.
If you like 242 markings, you need a different kit (maybe Dragon?)
and also need to buy Colibri
Vehicle 32 looks like a fantasy re-imagining of vehicle 36 seen
Not even worth the while to deal with these decals.
For the diorama,
I used a set of Juweela individual
bricks to build the wall, a set of Germania
nuns and Garage Exclusive Models
tombstones and cross.
T-34/85 in the Great Patriotic War, Part One, Brett Green.
Bloody Peace-Maker Vol III, Ajaks.
Mythical Weapon, R. Michulec, M. Zientarzewski, Armagedon & Airconnection
T-34-85 in WWII: A Closer Look, R. Peterson
sample purchased by the author.
Revell kits can be