T-34/85 in 1/32nd...
...the first in a new scale series from Bronco Models
Now in production for February 2019 is a first release in a new series of models, this time in 1/32 scale. It is one of the older model scales that has since been overshadowed by 1/35. Though not a lot in it, when you open the box the parts clearly indicate this is slightly larger than 1/35 models.
The kit is moulded in a dark green plastic, while the link-and-length style tracks are done in a black plastic. Add just a small etch brass fret with the engine deck grille. This has simple tabs and fits very easily in place. The texture on the cast turret is nicely done, though I am slightly surprised that the hatches on the turret, including the commander's cupola, are moulded shut. The kit itself is quite a straightforward build, not as complex with small detail parts that we usually expect in a Bronco kit. One or two of the locating holes for the fittings I found needed just a touch of 'opening out' to get a good fit, but by no means all of them. No internal detail and only one simple set of markings. So relatively simple, and ideal to go with 54mm scale figures, rather than 1/35.
As their notes tell us -
The T-34 (from Russian танк for tanks) was a Soviet medium tank, built from 1940 to 1958 and used by the Red Army mainly in the German-Soviet War. He is considered the most famous Soviet tank of war. The simple design of the T-34 enabled high mass production. He was with more than 50,000 copies of the most-built tanks of World War II and with a total of over 80,000 one of the most -built tanks ever. The T-34 was in 1941 all German tanks clearly superior. At a disadvantage were some significant tactical deficiencies in the design, such as the absence of a fifth crew member in the person of the gunner or initially the lack of radios. From 1942/43, the Germans were able to lead with the Kampfwertgesteigerten Panzer IV, the Panther and the Tiger in turn to combat power superior tanks in the field, after which the Soviets from 1944 upgraded the tank to T-34/85 with stronger cannon. By his enormous superiority, he contributed significantly to the victory of the Red Army. After the Second World War, the T-34 was exported to many countries and used in several other wars, especially in the Korean War and the Middle East.
Thanks to Bronco Models for the news, and for the pictures of the box art and computer images.