Thursday 19 November 2020

1/72 scale (20mm) T-34/85 Variants: OT-34/85 Flamethrower & PT-3 Mine Roller

 

 

Technical Data Card: T-34/85 PT-3 Mineroller

T-34/85 with PT-3 Mine Roller Technical Data Card

 

 

When the Germans first encountered the T-34 on the battlefield in 1941, they were shocked by the superiority of the Soviet tank design.  The T-34’s sloped armour maximized the protection of the tank’s thick armour; the wide tracks allowed the tank to maneuver easily in the snow and mud; and the tank’s gun was efficient against German armour.  Moreover, the T-34 was reliable, sturdy and easy to maintain.  The T-34 became the most mass produced tank during the war, with some 84,070 T-34s and T-34 variants built.

 

 

 

Technical Data Card: OT-34/85 Flamethrower

OT-34/85 Technical Data Card

 

 

I am the first to admit that my skills at building models still needs a lot of work; I tend to lack the patience when it comes to assembling complex kits.  I purchased a couple of Eastern Express T-34 Variant model kits.  I ran into some challenges as I was assembling the first model kit (this has nothing to do with the Eastern Express; rather, it is a reflect of my skills as a model builder).  In the end, I decided to do a bit of ‘kit-bashing’ by added components from the Eastern Express model kits to a pair of Italeri ‘Fast Assembly’ T-34/85 tanks.

 

 

1/72 T-34/85 with PT-3 Mine Roller

T-34/85 with PT-3 Mine Roller: front

 

1/72 T-34/85 with PT-3 Mine Roller

T-34/85 with PT-3 Mine Roller: side 1

 

1/72 T-34/85 with PT-3 Mine Roller

T-34/85 with PT-3 Mine Roller: side 2

 

 

1/72 OT-34/85 Flamethrower

OT-34/85 Flamethrower Variant: front

 

1/72 OT-34/85 Flamethrower

OT-34/85 Flamethrower Variant: side 1

 

1/72 OT-34/85 Flamethrower

OT-34/85 Flamethrower Variant: side 2

 

 

Eastern Express is a Russian based model company, that produces a wide range of plastic models in the 1/35, the 1/72 and the 1/144 scales.  The components I used to build the T-34/85 Variants shown in this post are the PT-3 mine roller and ATO-42 flamethrower.

 

 

 

Eastern Express 1/72 scale


Eastern Express 1/72 scale

 

 


The images below could be found in the Russian Armour I: Medium & Heavy Tanks section (in the T-34/85 gallery) of Citizen Soldiers: A 1/72 scale World War 2 Model Site.

 

 

 

Ot34/85 Flamethrower & T-34/85 PT-3 Mine Roller


Ot34/85 Flamethrower & T-34/85 PT-3 Mine Roller


Ot34/85 Flamethrower & T-34/85 PT-3 Mine Roller

 

 

 

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