West Wind Productions
|Mixes best with:||Several of the ranges out there...|
|Long Review:||The subject of this review is the T-34/85. The hull is made of a cream-coloured resin, and captures the look of armour-plate perfectly. There are remarkably few bubbles on the visible upper surfaces, although there are quite a lot underneath. A big plus is that the undersurface mould-plug has already been machined off, which means it requires minimal work to clean up prior to assembly. The track-assemblies and turret, as well as a number of little bits like the MGs and mantlet, are cast in white metal. The commanders' hatch is presented in two parts, and the loaders' hatch is also a seperate item. A metal half-figure commander is also supplied, as are some spare track links, the hull MG and the toolbox for the left track-guard.
|Commentary:||Very nice. I do wish, however, that the track-guards had not been cast as part of the tracks, but rather part of the hull, as the gap between these two now requires a considerable amount of filler, as the body-area did not fill with resin completely. I'm also not that impressed with the locating lugs used, as they don't really match up well, and the drive-housings on the track-units also help to mis-align the track units. The other small problem is that the main gun's barrel is centered. The real vehicle's barrel was off-set to the right of the mantlet.
On a more positive note- the various openable hatches are a huge plus point. The vehicle's proportions also look very good, with the turret shape being quite well-captured. The choice of wheels also means that the vehicle can be used for WW2 as well as many of the post-war conflicts in which this vehicle participated.
Not bad, but not the best on the market. I was more impressed with the Sherman.
|Sources:||Purchased to complement my figure collection.|
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