ARM: DML 1/72 Scale T-34-85 Model 1944

Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor-Pro Series Kit No.
7269; T-34-85 Model 1944; 98 parts (1+19+60+14, 2 DS plastic tracks in
tan, 1 section of twisted steel wire, 1 etched metal grille); price US
$11.95
Advantages: clean, nicely done kit nearly the equal of the 1/35 scale
DML T-34-85
Disadvantages: cast metal wheels will need the lightening holes either
drilled out or deepened
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: For all small-scale Soviet or '34 fans
The T-34-85 was another shock for the Germans when it first entered
combat in early 1944, as it could defeat most of the German tanks then
on the battlefield. The Soviets note that in the first encounter
between the Tiger II and the T-34-85 the T-34s knocked out three with
no losses (they did this from ambush, to be sure, but it was still
something the Germans were not happy to see.)
DML has now produced a small-scale T-34-85 to go with their earlier
Model 1940, Model 1941 and Model 1942 kits. They use the term "Model
1944" for the early production versions with the ZIS-S-53 gun and
two-piece commander's hatch, both of which are faithfully reproduced
on this model.
The model comes with the cast wheels with 12 lightening holes, molded
as is now standard in two-wheel pairs using "slide molding"
techniques. However, this also means the lightening holes are solid,
and will have to be either drilled out or deepened by the modeler to
get the right look to the finished model.
The model comes with the correct cast turret and mantelet, but note
there are two identical mantelets provide with two different numbers
(B3 and B22). The directions call out for B3 to be used; I have no clue
what the difference is between the two, and if what the other mantelet
is for (either it is for a turned metal barrel for a later kit or it
should have been the one found with later Model 1945/46 tanks, but for
the life of me I can't seen any differences.)
As is standard on DML kits, the modeler has an option to use or pass
on the etched metal screen for the engine deck. Some early Model 1942
kits suffered from a poor fit with this screen option, but this kit
seems to have it dead on and it should work well. (Note the screen
cements in with ACC glue from below.)
The transmission access hatch (part A5) is separate, but no interior
is provided. Also the driver's and crew hatches are separate and may
be positioned open or closed.
Each 90 liter fuel tank consists of three parts, and the ends are
"slide molded" with lifting handles in place.
DML provides four marking options, all in 4BO (FS34102) green: 22nd
Guards Armored Brigade, Prague 1945; 4th Guards Tank Brigade,
Belorussia 1944; 4th Guards Tank Brigade, Belorussia 1944 (different
regiment); and an unidentified German unit with a captured tank,
Poland, 1945.
Overall this is a match to the earlier T-34 kits, and should be very
popular.
Thanks to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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