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T-34/85 W/Bedspring Armour
Teacher
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007 - 03:45 AM UTC
A quick Preview of a kit first released as a Premium Edition kit last October, now released with photo etched matress spring armour!

T-34/85 With Bedspring Armour



If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
ShermiesRule
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Michigan, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007 - 10:00 AM UTC
I might have missed it but is this kit out now? I know I read an announcement in NEWS about a month ago. Does this preview mean it has been released? I bought Russian tank riders in anticipation of this kit.
MiG-17
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007 - 01:28 PM UTC
This -85 is a re-issue of the T-34/85 UTZ. Note the road wheels. Cheers!

Rob-
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jimbrae
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Provincia de Lugo, Spain / Espaņa
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007 - 01:33 PM UTC

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This -85 is a re-issue of the T-34/85 UTZ. Note the road wheels.



Rob, it ISN'T just a simple re-issue. The turret has been reworked and the wheels are completely new as well...
MiG-17
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007 - 01:45 PM UTC
Jim- Thank you for the info. More then just a re-issue! Super!! I just pre-ordered one. Cheers!

Rob-


Za Rodinu
MiG-17
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007 - 02:04 PM UTC
Jim- I just read the "Bedspring" review by Vinnie. Yes, a very nice kit indeed!! It,s a whole new kit ! Cheers!

Rob-
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007 - 02:57 PM UTC
Apparently they again neglected to include a rear engine cover with the engine grille cover hollowed out, so you can put the etched grille on without too much extra work.

A bit puzzling since they did it on the T-34 Model 1941 kit, where they gave you the option of two parts, hollowed out or not...

Cheers,
Christophe
jimbrae
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007 - 03:04 PM UTC

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Apparently they again neglected to include a rear engine cover with the engine grille cover hollowed out, so you can put the etched grille on without too much extra work



Yep - same story with the T34/85 Mod 1944. I spent at least an hour using a seam scraper and DYMO tape as a guideline to cut out the solid plastic grille. What they have done though is to provide the internal louvres below the grille - a nice touch although you can't actually see it... :-)
shonen_red
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007 - 05:12 PM UTC
Ack! Is it just me or I see two ejector pin marks on the tracks!
Teacher
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007 - 05:30 PM UTC
You see them on nearly all Dragon Magic Tracks. They're injected! They're also dead easy to remove as they're proud of the surface.

Vinnie
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2007 - 08:33 PM UTC
Mmm-Hmm, that's what I'm talking about!

What a terrific looking kit. . .great photo coverage, Vinnie, thanks for the effort!
Pre-orders to follow directly!

~Gunny
Alpenflage
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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - 12:54 AM UTC
My pre-order for this kit went in today

Great in-box review Vinnie, and thanks for posting it !

Now, if Dragon would only do this "premium" thing to their SU-100

Cheers !!

Robert
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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - 03:16 PM UTC
I've just been told (by someone who has both the original and the new kit) that the wheels ARE new and that there are a few minor changes/updates to the turret....
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kevinb120
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Posted: Friday, February 02, 2007 - 02:34 AM UTC
I wonder if the engine cover for the T34/70 that comes sans the grille will work on this kit. I should be getting this kit in a couple days
kevinb120
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 06:15 AM UTC
I've built the older 34/76 kit and used the plastic ventwork. I read all the reviews on this and the premium saying the grilles look too big, but tried them today and they seem to fit dead on. In the CAD drawings on the box they looked ok too. I don't know why all the reviews online brought this up but never tried them, I was going to just skip em without removing them from the fret.

I mean the grille should just cover the openings with the bare minimum excess, the plastic ones are kinda squashed in the holes attempting to emulate this. I think they look great in PE.
BornToDig
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Posted: Monday, July 16, 2007 - 03:31 PM UTC
I'm not a reigning expert on the T-34 by any stretch, but the turret provided in this kit looks to me to be a 1945 model, therefore one should keep the squared-off front fenders and use the alternate hatch provided but listed as not used in the instructions. No?

I'm trying to hunt down photos of the vehicles for which decals have been included to see if they are 1944 or 1945 models. No luck so far.