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  1. After almost 50 years of modelling (mostly aircraft, but also ships, cars, railways) at last I decided to build a small collection of AFVs in 1/72. Frankly speaking somewhere deep in the 70s or 80s I have built two or three such models (Centurion, Patton and 155mm M40 IIRC), but the time goes by and new kits appear every year. As a newbie in this ocean of modelling I would like to know your opinion which kits of several WW2 AFVs are the best on the market now. I'm not a rivet-counter, but correct shape and sharp surface detail are more important for me than sheer number of parts, opened hatches and detailed interior. So which kit would you buy to model the : Sturmgeschutz III Ausf. G (ESCI/Hasegawa/Italeri, Revell, Dragon, Trumpeter) T-34-76 (ESCI/Hasegawa/Italeri, Revell, AER/Toga/Parc, Zvezda, Trumpeter, Dragon, Unimodels, Eastern Express) T-26 (SKIF/Unimodels, Mirage, S-model, Pegasus) M4 Sherman - original variant, not M4A and later (Dragon, Italeri, Trumpeter, Heller) M3 Stuart - also "plain" M3, neither M3A nor M5 (Hasegawa/Revell, Alanger, Mirage) Eager to hear your opinion
  2. Dear Fellow Modellers Vickers were succesfull in exporting their 6-ton tanks round the world. The model with two turrets was called the 'trench sweeper'. The Soviets wanted to kick start their tank industry and they started producing these oddities themselves. This is the nice Hobby Boss kit. No I did not add all the track pins! The figures are from miniart but heads from Hornet or Tank. Hope you like it? Andrew
  3. One of my newer models - circa 2014 Kit: HobbyBoss 82499 Scale: 1/35th Scary part: the Indy link track with indy track pins Yikes! (15% tank, 85% track ) Based on the T-26 chassis (a British concept) this was probably the first Soviet SPG This was another long weekender for me and although it looked crude, it went together really well. The kit is fairly bland having no markings supplied so, I took a little license and added the '143' strictly for effect - I think it works? AND, the track Actually Works! Yeah, I know....... Just a little light weathering and ????? Hope you like
  4. Russian T-26 Light Tank MOD 1935 (E35-183) 1:35 ET Model Trumpeters T-26 (1935) Light tank is a very nice little kit even though the suspension is a little awkward as seen in the review HERE. Whilst the kit is quite nicely detailed ET Models have released this two sheet set to replace some of the chunkier items to give a more scale thickness and appearance. Onto top of these there a host of smaller items that both delight, when fitted and frustrate, when making. The set comes in the standard ET packaging of poly bag with card header. The main sheet is taped onto black card, whilst the smaller sheet is contained in a zip lock poly bag, and the instructions of three sides of A4 green paper. These are very clear and well laid out, but they will still require careful reading before starting to assemble the etched parts, as some of the kit parts need to be altered or removed before these can be added. Plastic or brass rod of various diameters will also be required to use as directed. The first parts to be constructed are the large storage box for the right hand track guard and is made up of a single piece lower part which needs to be folded to shape and the lid which also needs the edges folded down to for an lip. To the completed box two support brackets, one at each end are attached as are the rear lid hinges, two hasp and clasps and one of two alternative lifting handles. Each of the pioneer tools receives new brackets and clamps including tiny wing nut bolts for each clamp. The next major assembly is that of the air intake grille on the rear engine deck. This is made up of the base box structure, which is quite a complex folding job, into which twelve individual slats are glued into the slots on either side. The top edges of the box are then folded over to cover the ends of the slats. Four bolt heads are then fitted to each edge and three plastic/brass rods passed through the three holes on each side under the slats. One of the most awkward assemblies within this set is that of the new exhaust. The main body needs to be rolled to shape with only the small overlapping seams being glued or, preferably, soldered. The internal end pieces are then fitted and the three support struts/straps attached to their specific locations. Whilst it may be awkward the effect should be a much better looking exhaust particularly as the etched part has a nice knurled like texture more indicative of the real item. Another awkward assembly is that for the two replacement track guards, where each end needs to be rolled to the shape matching that of the folded sides. Once achieved however, the completed guards are a great improvement over the kit parts in that they provide a much better scale thickness. Once the guards have been rolled and folded to shape they are fitted out with a compliment of strengtheners, support struts and fitting straps. To the left rear section of the engine decking there is another air intake and this is completely replaced with etched items, including new grilles and intake housing. Next to the slatted intake a new jack support and clamp fitting is provided, but the instructions give details of how to make a new shaped bottle jack to fit. With all the main assemblies built up they can be fitted to the model leaving just the new drivers hatches, turret hatch hinges, turret rear hatch hinges, fighting light lens covers and driving light housing hinges to be fitted to complete the build. Conclusion This is another superb set that, considering the size of the model is pretty comprehensive. Covering almost all the tank these parts will give a much improved detail and scale appearance to the completed model. There are some specialist folding and rolling tools that would make the work on the parts much easier, but I’m sure there are modellers that can find ingenious ways to do the same work if they’re not too keen of the extra expense. Highly recommended. Review Sample courtesy of
  5. Etched set for Russian T-26 Light Tank MOD 1931 for HobbyBoss 1:35 ET Models E35-167 The T-26 tank was a Soviet light infantry tank used during many conflicts of the 1930s as well as during World War II. It was a development of the British Vickers 6-Ton tank and is widely considered one of the most successful tank designs of the 1930s. It was produced in greater numbers than any other tank of the period, with more than 11,000 manufactured. During the 1930s, the USSR developed a record number of 53 variants of the T-26, including different combat vehicles based on its chassis (flame-throwing tanks, combat engineer vehicles, remotely controlled tanks, self-propelled guns, artillery tractors, armoured carriers). Twenty-three of these were series-produced, others were experimental models. The Hobbyboss T-26 Mod1931 is a great little kit, having recently built one I couldn’t really see a need for any etch, other than that which came with the kit. But ET Models obviously don’t feel the same way as they have released this two sheet set just for this version. The larger of the two sheets is bigger than the model itself. Most of the sheet is taken up with the replacement fenders, which will need particular care when folding and bending into the correct shape. The myriad of straps and support brackets are also included. As with the other ET sets, there are a number of hinges and the like that will need the modeller to supply the correct gauge styrene or brass rod. The main storage box on the right hand side of the tank is completely replaced with a new brass item and comes complete with new hinges, catches, brackets, handles and locking clasp. Each of the tool tie downs are replaced with new brass items and this will require the removal of the kit details first. For these ET have even included the smallest details such as the wing nuts for releasing the tool clamps. On the rear deck of the tank, just aft of the turrets is a large air intake. Once again the kit part is completely replaced with a brass assembly consisting of the main surround into which the individual shutter parts are attached. Now this does make for a better look as the completed assembly is of a more scale thickness. Staying aft, there is another intake on the left hand side, just forward of the exhaust silencer, this will also need some careful bending to get the curve right and is also fitted with two grilles, The silencer is also another fun part to get right as the modeller will have to roll the flat brass part to the correct diameter before adding the end pieces and the three clamp supports. Whilst working on the engine deck, there are several grab handles and lifting handles fitted along with a couple of inspection ports. The main turret plate is fitted with extensions to either side and again the kit parts are replaced with brass bent to shape and attached to their respective positions. The drivers hatch plates are also replaced with brass and detailed with hinges, catches and internal latches, whilst the turret hatches only have external details fitted. If the model being built includes the 37mm gun in the right turret then there is a new shield provided. Conclusion Having said at the beginning of this review that I didn’t think the model required this much etch, I can see now that the scale thickness of most parts would be much improved with this set. It is surprising how much detail ET Models have included as apart from the hull and turrets there isn’t a part that hasn’t been changed or replaced. I will definitely be getting another T-26 kit to be able to compare the difference between one model with no etch and on with a complete etch makeover. Highly Recommended. Available soon from White Ensign Models in the UK Review Sample courtesy of
  6. Another Russian tank from the 30's, based on the British 6 ton Vickers light tank. As with the T-24 the base may not be used with this tank. A lovely little kit to build, with the exception of the flippin' tracks, (each individual link is fitted to the next with two tiny pins.), nearly ended up cross-eyed by the end.
  7. Soviet T-26 light tank Hobbyboss 1:35 History The T-26 tank was a Soviet light infantry tank used during many conflicts of the 1930s as well as during World War II. It was a development of the British Vickers 6-Ton tank and is widely considered one of the most successful tank designs of the 1930s. It was produced in greater numbers than any other tank of the period, with more than 11,000 manufactured. During the 1930s, the USSR developed a record number of 53 variants of the T-26, including different combat vehicles based on its chassis (flame-throwing tanks, combat engineer vehicles, remotely controlled tanks, self-propelled guns, artillery tractors, armoured carriers). Twenty-three of these were series-produced, others were experimental models. The T-26 together with the BT was the main tank of the Red Army's armoured forces during the interwar period. Though nearly obsolete by the beginning of World War II, the T-26 was the most important tank of the Spanish Civil War and played a significant role during the Battle of Lake Khasan in 1938 as well as in the Winter War in 1939–40. The T-26 was the most numerous type of tank in the Red Army's armoured force during the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. The T-26 participated in combats with the Germans and their allies during the Battle of Moscow in winter 1941/1942, the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of the Caucasus in 1942–1943; some tank units of the Leningrad Front used their T-26s until 1944. On the eve of World War II, T-26s served mainly in separate light tank brigades (each brigade had 256–267 T-26s) and in separate tank battalions of rifle divisions (one company of T-26s consisted of 10-15 tanks). This was the type of tank units that participated in the Soviet invasion of Poland in September 1939 and in the Winter War of December 1939-March 1940. The Winter War proved that the T-26 was obsolete and its design reserve was totally depleted. Finnish anti-tank guns easily penetrated the T-26's thin anti-bullet armour, and tank units equipped with the T-26 suffered significant losses during the breakthrough of the Mannerheim Line, in which the flame-throwing tanks based on the T-26 chassis played a significant role. On June 1, 1941 the Red Army had 10,268 T-26 light tanks of all models, including armoured combat vehicles based on the T-26 chassis. T-26s composed a majority of the fighting vehicles in Soviet mechanised corps of border military districts. For instance, the Western Special Military District had 1,136 T-26 tanks on June 22, 1941 (52% of all tanks in the district). The T-26 (mod. 1938/39, especially) could withstand German tanks (except the Panzer III and Panzer IV) participating in Operation Barbarossa in June 1941. The majority of the Red Army's T-26s were lost in the first months of the German-Soviet War, mainly to enemy artillery and air strikes. Many tanks broke down for technical reasons and lack of spare parts. Nevertheless, the remaining T-26s participated in combats with the Germans and their allies during the Battle of Moscow in winter 1941/1942, the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of the Caucasus in 1942–1943. Some tank units of the Leningrad Front used their T-26 tanks until 1944. The defeat of the Japanese Kwantung Army in Manchuria in August 1945 was the last military operation in which Soviet T-26s were used. The Model The kit comes in Trumpeters standard top opening, and quite attractive box, with an artistic representation of the tank in action during the Spanish Civil War. Inside there are fourteen sprues of green coloured styrene, twenty four brown sprues of track pins, a bag of track links, a small clear sprue and a small photo etch sheet. The parts are really well moulded with no flash and only a few moulding pips needing removal. Although not to everyones taste, the track links, whilst pretty small, are beautifully moulded, but note, there are 240 of them, which can be a bit daunting. As with most tank builds this one starts with the drive sprockets, idlers and road wheels. The sprockets appear rather complex items, each being constructed from an outer rim, hub cap six internal spigots, a poly cap and the inner rim. The idler wheels aren’t as bad, being made up of inner and outer rims and an internal poly cap. The single piece road wheels are just joined together to make up pairs of wheels. The rest of the road wheel suspension is then assembled. Each axle has two pairs of wheels sandwiched between inner and outer castings and pinned. Two axle assemblies are then fixed between a pair of leaf spring suspension arms followed by the fitting of the main torsion arm. Having made up four of these multiple units they can then be fitted to the lower hull along with the eight double wheeled return rollers and their suspension fixings. To the front and rear of the lower hull the sprocket and idler wheel axel housings are fitted, before the wheels themselves can be attached. Still on the lower hull, the front and rear deck plates are attached, along with the shackle mounts and shackles. The centre section of the upper hull is made up of four outer plates and the top plate. This assembly, once built up is added to the lower hull. On the rear decking a large air filter and grille is attached. Then it’s onto building the tracks. Seeing how awkward the individual links can be, Trumpeter provided a plastic building plank to connect the links together and hold them in place in preparation for the track pins to be fitted. Once the tracks are complete it should be possible to add them after the rest of the build has been completed, which will aid painting. Back to the main build, an angled part is fitted to one side of the drivers position, to which the two parts of the drivers hatch are attached. To the rear, the seven part exhaust pipe and brackets are added, whilst the engine cover grille is fitted to the engine deck. The fenders and track guards need holes drilling out before fitting. To the track guards the support brackets are attached along with the air horn to the left hand side of the upper hull. On each track guard several pioneer tools, jack and jack handle are fitted, again with PE straps. Two spare road wheels are fitted to the rear decking with a PE strap and the three piece headlamp, cover and clear lense are fitted to the front decking. The turret is built up of two side halves, top mantle surround and rear. Several holes need to be opened up for the turret mounted aerial. The gun mantle and its elevating internal parts are assembled and attached to the mantle surround. To the top of the turret the main hatches are fitted, as are three eye pieces, air vent and periscope. Finally the gun support, lower armoured protection, main gun, co-axial machine gun and main aerial are attached. The completed turret is then fitted to the tank hull, completing the build. Etch The small etch sheet included in the kit contains straps for some of the tools and spare wheels, grille for the engine intake, angle for the starboard track guard, straps for both track guards, and a couple of hooks and eyes. [size=4Decals[/size] The decal sheet provides two options for tanks that served in the Spanish Civil War. One in all over green with three slogans on the turret, right hand upper hull and front left upper hull. The second is more colourful, being green overall, but with a right turret roof with black republican cross, Spanish colours on turret bustle, mantle and the Spanish flag on the hull sides. Conclusion I really like Russian tanks from the 1930’s and early 40’s and this one really fits the bill. The construction is quite complex for such a kit, but it certainly gives value for money for such a small tank and will give hours of fun. The fact that the decal options are for the tanks used in the Spanish Civil War makes it even more interesting. Recommended Review sample courtesy of
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