Captured T-34(76) (1940) tank
|Kit # 251||
Preview by Rob Haelterman - heman_148(at)hotmail.com
This kit contains:
don't need new glasses: UM has provided resin parts to turn this T-34
into a "Beute". This is probably to cut costs (resin parts
are cheaper than injection plastic when produced in small numbers.);
the parts are nicely cast, so for a modeler with some experience these
should not pose a problem. It also means that you get a complete Red
Army T-34 Model 1940 as well. So, if you can get this kit for the
same price as a regular T-34 and don't need the decals, you might
as well buy this one.
for the lower hull is basically the same in most (all?) T-34 based
kits from UM, although there are minor differences.
for the upper hull and turret is marked UM328-E. As kit 328 corresponds
to a T-34/85 w/Zis-S-53 cannon, this does not make too much sense,
as the sprue definitely contains an early, flat turret and not the
Note that the driver's and turret hatch can be opened.
two sprues for the tracks and road-wheels (marked UM336-A) and two
for the rubber tyres and tow cables. While the latter have the advantage
of making it easier to represent a vehicle with burnt-out wheels,
I have some misgivings about the concept. Even more so as, reputedly,
the rubber will eat into the plastic of the kit.
The regular small, but thick, PE set, included in almost all T-34 (based) kits from UM:
The engine mesh is supposed to be placed on top of the engine deck, which I don't think will look too good.
get one paint scheme. The manual speaks of an unknown unit, but I
am pretty sure the tank on the box is the vehicle of 4.(Pz.)Kp./s/Ski.Btl.1
shown in Panzer Tracts 19-2 page 95.
Tony Mackinder adds:
represents a model 1940, but it does not have the early tracks that
are portrayed in the artwork.