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Armor and ground forces of the Allied forces during World War II.
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Anyone Built the Rye Field T-34/85 No. 174?
cabasner
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Nevada, United States
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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:29 PM UTC
Hi All,

Been awhile since I've posted anything really new here. I just got the new Rye Field T-34/85 Model 1945 No. 174 Factory tank model today, and wondering if anyone here has built this yet. My experience with Rye Field models has been really positive, so I took kind of a shot in the dark by getting this tank without a whole lot of reviews having been posted. It looks good in the box, but wondering if anyone has any hands on experience with this guy yet.
airborne1
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 01:15 PM UTC
Hi Curt,

Have just ordered the T-34/85 No. 174 and if its anything like the detail that is in the M4a3 E8 with interior it will be a great build out of the Box.

The exceptional detail in the Sherman is Fantastic in quality.

As soon as it arrives it's going in the new Forum as a build blog out of the box.

Michael
Oddball69
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United States
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Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 01:30 PM UTC
Hello I have it 99% done very nice kit. After building their Syrian 122 I knew it would be. I canít figure out how to upload pics but I could email them
Oddball69
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Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 01:32 PM UTC
Only fiddly parts is commander cuppola exterior vision ports and no detail in the cupola other than that sweet kit
cabasner
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 05:50 AM UTC
Thanks, Michael and Rick! I'll look forward to your build log, Michael, as I won't be getting to my T-34 for awhile yet. I also got the photo etch set for it. I'm curious if you've ever built a Tasca/Asuka Sherman, which is, to this point, the only Sherman I have built, and how that compares to the Rye Field. At least at the time, the Tasca Sherman was supposed to have been THE Sherman model kits to have, and by my experience, I would have to agree...spectacular fit and finish. If Rye Field beats that, wow!

Rick, my e-mail is [email protected], if you get some time to send some pictures...many thanks!
Oddball69
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 08:22 AM UTC
Pics sent my friend
cabasner
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 09:12 AM UTC

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Pics sent my friend



Thank you sir! Pictures are fabulous, great job on the T-34! I really appreciate you sending the photos, as I've not seen any pictures of this tank model built. It looks great, and you you did a VERY nice job building it! Thank you SO MUCH!
sam_dwyer
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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 11:56 AM UTC
Hi all

Just finished the kit - cant recommend it highly enough. I used RFM's etch set, replaced the barrel with a Def Models barrel, and the tracks with MasterClub tracks.









cabasner
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 12:20 PM UTC
Thanks, Sam, now I've got an embarrassment of riches with your pictures and Rich's. It looks really nice...now I'm even more excited to begin the build! I just have too many airplanes in progress, and I'd like to finish my Rye Field M1A1 full interior build, which is about 60% done, before I begin another tank. But this T-34 sure is enticing!!!! I also have a set of metal tracks, the Fruil version, all completed and ready to go. I was going to use them on the Italeri T-34/85 that I got before I knew about the Rye Field kit, but the way the kit supplied plastic tracks look in Rich's pictures, I may hold off and use the kit tracks.
Generic
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Vilniaus, Lithuania
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Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 11:50 PM UTC
Maybe this could help a bit.

Step 5:
- Check hole marks, bottom part shows correct positions;
- Use J10 instead of J9, later steps also show J10 part and it's a proper one for that era tank.

Step 7:
- C41 C40 (switch parts) and use C39 instead of C38 (or build from wire).

Step 9:
- D22 is the J52 part and additional bolts from sprue D are too small, so additional scratch built will be needed.

And if you want to add more details, you could also scratch build plate to bump the track pins back:


The part should be around 8x6.5mm and about 1mm thick at the thickest point.