A history of Airfix HO/OO AFV kits - part 10 - 1968
Only a single new release this year - but arguably two tanks in one! As (surely!) everyone must know the T-34 kit included turrets for /76 and /85 versions. This was another kit I came to after having built the (rather newer) Matchbox version and so I found it something of a disappointment. That was back in 1978 when I thought such things mattered and I have long since managed to forgive the Airfix T-34 it's faults.
Above and below: a pair of pretty bog standard T-34/85s. In my humble opinion this kit is at it's best as an /85 as it looks 'right' and the running gear and fenders look to be from a late (or post) war tank.
The weak point of the earlier turret is the rather spindly gun barrel - it looks more 20mm than 76mm! This however is easily replaced. The model in the photos was built from spares box leftovers and uses the tracks from an Airfix Mk.1 WW1 tank. A desperate measure perhaps but as I'm sure Zhukov was fond of saying "you can never have too many T-34s..."