Eduard T-34/76 Model 1940 1/35-scale
photo-etched brass (35723)
by Frank V. De Sisto
Price: $22.95 USD.
Since DML released their kits of early T-34s, I have been waiting to
see how Eduard would tackle these them. I had hoped for a balance between
well-executed fine detail and ease of use. I was not disappointed. The
set contains two frets of plated etched brass, as well as three pages
of color-coded instructions.
Beginning with the obvious area of the engine deck, Eduard provides not
only the frames and screens for the air intake, but the lateral flaps
and their mounting plates seen below the screens as well. Small latches
for the deck section are also included as a part for the tail-lamp lens.
The fenders receive new mounting loops, clamps and straps for the tow
cables, jack, stowage box, shovel and track-mounted ice cleats. These
last items are also given as etched parts to replace the kit’s plastic
items. There are 32 of them.
The front of the hull also receives new head-lamp mounts and fender braces,
while the fuel containers on the hull sides get new, multi-part mounting
straps and clasps. The turret gets details for the main hatch, to include
internal and external latches and handles, along with the hinged cap that
covers the small periscope. The turret’s interior gets a new recoil
guard and spent shell catcher for the gun, as well as internal details
for the vision port blocks.
Altogether, this is an excellent and easy to use enhancement for what
is an outstanding kit to begin with.
Product images are used by permission of Eduard. Eduard products are
available at retail and mail order shops and directly from the manufacturer
at: www.eduard.cz. Visit their web
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