Regular readers will have noticed that I have not posted anything for a few days. This is because I have been away in London for a work-related conference and dinner. The speakers at my company's annual meeting included Nick Robinson (the BBC's Political Editor), England Cricketer Alistair Cook and selector Geoff Miller, one of the Chilean miners who spent 69 days trapped underground, and a Mr D Beckham - who I understand plays some football.
Anyway, in between all the business stuff, I managed to grab some wargames-related activity - lunch with Alex Kleanthous and dinner with Bob Cordery and his wife. Bob and I did actually manage to play a quick game in between chatting, looking at his toys and trying on silly Russian hats. As I was leaving, Bob (clearly glad I was going) kindly gave me a couple of 'surplus' 20mm T-34s he had.
I have photographed these below and would be glad of any information about their makers. Both are the same size - slightly bigger than my Airfix & Matchbox (1/76) models and shorter than the Esci (1/72) T-34. Hull length is the same as the Fujimi (1/76) T-34.
Firstly there is a T-34m42. Both models are metal and plastic.
The underside of the m42. It shows signs of having been fixed to a display plinth. The tracks are a bit nasty and as can be seen, one of the wheels fell off as I was taking the photo!
Again it looks to have been fixed to a plinth at some point. The tracks are more detailed than the m42.
Added 23/01/11 at 1115 GMT:
Thanks for all your helpful comments about these models. I can now confirm that the m42 is by Deagostini (see http://tanks.deagostini.co.uk/tanks.aspx) and the m40 by Dragon (http://www.dragonmodelsltd.com/catalog/dragon_armor/). Both will eventually find their way into one of the two Megablitz T-34 boxes. I'll not repaint them as such but will add a fair bit of weathering to make them look suitably scruffy.