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PlaStix posted a topic in Ready for Inspection - ArmourThe three tanks below were built for the 'From Russia with Love' GB. As there are a lot of photos of each I will post them in three separate posts in this thread. All three tanks on the diorama: Russian Tank T-34/76 Model 1941 (Cast turret) This first tank here is Tamiya's 1/48 T-34/76 Model 1941 with the cast turret. When first encountered on the battlefield the T-34s were described by German Tank General Von Kleist as 'the finest tank in the world'. It was, at the time, far better than contemporary German tanks. It was as a result of these tanks that the Germans developed the Panther and Tiger tanks and it was only as the war went on that the T-34 variants lost their superiority. The T-34 was fitted with 76.2mm gun which was also pretty impressive at the time. Another thing to note was the fact that the cast turret had several handrails which could be used by Russian soldiers who were transported on these tanks - this was one of the first tanks to be used in this way. The T-34 and its variants went on to be one of the most produced tanks of all time and a few are still in use today in some countries. As with most of Tamiya's 1/48 armour it was a real pleasure to build. Kit: Tamiya 1/48 T-34/76 Model 1941 (Cast turret) Extras: Stretched sprue aerial (although I hadn't fitted it when I took the photos below) Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush WIP for the whole project: Here Diorama photos: Here Yak-3 RFI: Here SU122 and KV-1 below
Built this kit for the From Russia with Love group build. Since the kit's barrel is about 3 mm too short I replaced it with a metal one from Aber. Also the engine grilles are moulded solid so I replaced those with Eduard photo-etch. The tank was painted with a base colour of Vallejo Model Air 4B0 Russian Green. The chipping of the winter camouflage was done with Mig's heavy chipping fluid which did lead to some heavy chipping especially on the left hand side of the turret which was not really my intention but it was my first time using it so the next time should go better with a bit more restraint. The base is a piece of teak covered in clay which was then covered with brown Vallejo Thick Mud. The snow is Krycell fine from Precision Ice and Snow, the snow effects on the upper surfaces is a result of multiple applications of their snow wash. Overall I really enjoyed this build, learned some new things and made some mistakes but since this is only the 6th build that I have finished I'm quite happy with the result . WIP: here