Union Made – Finished

Build Information

  • Manufacturer – Tamiya
  • Scale – 1:35
  • Vehicle – T-34/76 1943 Production
  • Markings – a fictional tank of the 2nd Battalion, 181st Tank Brigade
  • Paints – Vallejo, AK-Interactive, Tamiya, AMMO of Mig
  • Aftermarket – Eduard PE

Quick Review

When I bought this kit, I didn’t know that it was made in 1975.  When it arrived, I immediately opened the box and looked at the sprues in their bags.  I was a little surprised by the condition of the plastic.  It wasn’t bad by any means, it just didn’t have the look that I was used to when seeing Tamiya kits.  The pieces were on dark green sprues and just didn’t have the really fine detail that today’s Tamiya kits have.  That’s not knocking the quality of the kit – they didn’t have the molding technology 40 years ago that they do today.

But it went together just like I expected.  There were some minor seams in the normal places (turret and hull halves) but otherwise, it was a charm to put together.  Even the two-piece barrel looked like turned brass when it was finished with some careful sanding.

The aftermarket Eduard PE set is what you expect from Eduard, two finely detailed frets with replacement fenders, grilles, straps, handles, and everything else you could probably think of.

The only downside, as with many Tamiya kits, are the vinyl one-piece tracks.  They are too tight, they don’t sag like they should, and they pull the road wheels too close together.  But if you’re looking for a good representation of a mid-war T-34/76 at a really reasonable price, this is the kit to get.

Photos

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