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Old 11-09-2009, 05:38 AM
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AFV Club T-34/76 [Full Interior]

I received this kit as a gift from a very long time mate of mine and was just blown away by it. The details are very good and as you may have read the kit's turret, hull or engine bay would make a great kit on it's own .
Anyone else built this kit yet?
I've built about 80% and will try to get some pics up asap. One other thing is that I will try and get these tracks [http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.co...afv35173.html] to go with the tank.

Steve Cooper [just me, no one else ].
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Why would the clowns not let people into the tent? What's the point of the show if they don't? .
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:24 PM
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about time someone built this.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:59 PM
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about time someone built this.
Dan
I hear you mate .
There is a build/review over on ArmorDrama but apart from that I didn't see much else out there [not that I've done a very good sweep of the net ].

Anyway Dan thank's for looking in mate,
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:10 PM
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Ok here are some poor pics of the engine bay area. I don't know all that much about the T34's actual details and am building it OOTB, having said that I don't think it should be running the air cleaner on top of the engine while it has the two air cleaner cans on the bulkhead between the motor and transmission. AFV supplied two intake manifolds that mate up to the "cans" but there is/was no reference in the instructions and I didn't figure it out until it was way to late
I'm painting the hull so that you can only see through the deck with the hatch off. this will give us a view into the transmission and some small amount of the engine seen in between the radiators.

As always thanks for looking any any comments will be regarded as encouragement, regards Steve.
[BTW there is some clean up needed before base painting ]










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Old 11-09-2009, 09:35 PM
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Some pics of the view around the engine deck, with and without the top on.
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:03 AM
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Thanks for sharing with us the photos !
It seems it`s a little neglected kit for the reviewers.
It is the clear styrene hull version or the not clear ?
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:23 AM
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Ok ... the engine bay area... I don't think it should be running the air cleaner on top of the engine while it has the two air cleaner cans on the bulkhead ...
Welcome to the world of T-34s...

The AFV Club kit is based on the same CAD work as the 1/48 scale HobbyBoss and 1/16 scale Trumpeter kits. As such, it has all their faults, including a certain schizophrenic tendency to be BOTH a T-34-76 and a T-34-85.

The air cleaners are a case in point. The single air cleaner on top of the engine is what was used on all T-34-76 built at KhPZ and STZ, all T-34s built at UVZ/UTZ in Nizhnii Tagil (Zavod No.183) before late 1942 and all T-34s built at Krasnoe Sormovo until mid-1943. All T-34-85s and later-production T-34-76 used the twin Tsyklon air cleaners in the transmission compartment. There are many small differences in stowage inside the tank, but the air cleaners jump out and smack you between the eyes if you know about them.

This kit can be built with either of them, but should not be built with both. I have it, have fondled it, and am still trying to make my mind up about it.

The clear hull is odd, and I will probably paint it. Because it has to be clear, it is very smooth, and has none of the texture associated with armour. This isn't so noticable on the hull, but the turret is also clear, and turrets from Sormovo were cast, so these should have texture if you intend to paint them..

The engineering is also puzzling: the interior is nice, but I would have liked either or both of the front plate or the roof plate for the fighting compartment removable for display. The plates for the motor and transmission compartments comes as individual parts, so why not?

I like the roadwheels, although I'm dubious about separate tires. They better release some different types of tires, non-perforated for example, and the interim types, otherwise I don't see the point. I like what I see of the interior, too, and now I only have to build it.

It's nice to have an alternative to DML. I have their other T-34 kits on order.

Cheers
Scott Fraser

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Old 11-10-2009, 08:34 AM
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Very nice, Steve! Glad you're back!
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Very nice, Steve! Glad you're back!
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Thanks mate. Glad to be back .
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:32 PM
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Hey Coops, that's one nice looking interior, lots of potential for a wreck. Looking forward to seeing the painting stage. How did this come together, any problems other than the air cleaners, anything we should watch out for?

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