T-34/76 Model 1941 Cast Turret
by Cookie Sewell
|Stock Number and Description
||Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Scale Armor Pro
series kit No. 7262; T-34/76 Model 1941 Cast Turret
|Media and Contents:
||97 parts (92 in grey styrene, 2 in tan DS
plastic, 2 twisted steel wire, 1 etched metal)
||Provides the second and more common version
of the Model 1941
||Some grousing about track fit by modelers
||Highly Recommended for all small scale and
Soviet armor fans
Six months after releasing their excellent Model 1941 T-34 with
welded turret, DML has now added to their family of "34" tanks by
adding a model of the most common version, the Model 1941 with cast
turret as produced at Factory No. 183 after moving to Nizhniy Tagil.
I still continue to point out to companies like DML that the Soviets
never called these versions "T-34/76" tanks, as that was a German
description; the Soviets never added any digits until the 85mm tanks
appeared in 1944. In point of fact, many Soviet era documents show
that the tanks were only differentiated by their number of turrets
(as with the T-26) or gun carried (here either L-11 or F-34). The
Soviets dubbed later tanks T-34-85 to show the differences.
This is the second of the DML Model 1941 tanks - T-34 with 76.2mm
F-34 gun) - and does a nice job of adding the cast turret to this
kit via a new sprue. It uses the later, more widely produced hull
with longitudinal grilles, now taken from DML's Model 1942 kit.
Again, one of the most impressive tricks is the use of what DML
calls "slide-molding" in which multi-part molds with moving parts
are used vice the older "sandwich-type" two piece molds. As a
result, they can do larger pieces without either ejection pin marks
or sinkholes, and get depth or undercuts in smaller parts. This
shows up in this kit in two areas: first, the fact that even in this
scale the gun barrel for the F-34 cannon has a hollow muzzle as
molded; and second, the wheels come in 14 ready-to-install
assemblies vice 28 separate wheels and perhaps axle caps. The wheels
are nicely done, with a nice deep grove in between (unlike another
company's 1/72 scale kits with solid road wheels or most HO scale
armor) and detailed on both sides. Purists will want to drill out
the thin flash in the drivers (parts C2) and idlers (parts C1)
though, but that is an easy task if you have a pin vise and small
The modeler has a choice between either a solid styrene radiator
exhaust grille or one with an etched metal grille instead. Whereas
the first versions produced appear to have had some errors in them
and would not fit, the newer ones show the grill is the right size
and shape and only needs its rear edge "rolled" over a drill bit
prior to installation.
The turret also includes a partial interior as well. Most of the
details parts are crisp and well done as well; note since this kit
uses the Model 1942 sprues, it comes with most of the same
accessories that were miniaturized from the old Tamiya Model
The kit provides single-section tracks as before, but DML has now
changed over to use their DS plastic vice the original black vinyl.
This means that standard plastic cement can be used to assemble them
and get them to "sag" on the model. However, some modelers indicate
these tracks may be a bit short; unlike the 1/35 scale kits that
provide an eccentric idler axle that can be used to adjust tension
for shorter tracks, the idler mounts on the 1/72 kit are fixed and
thus care is needed in mounting the track on the model.
The kit comes with finishing options for six tanks: 1st (Polish)
Tank Brigade, 1945; unidentified unit, Winter, 1943; 8th (Estonian)
Infantry Corps, 1943; unidentified unit, 1943; "Parkhomenko", 116th
Tank Brigade, 1942; and "Bars", Manchuria 1945.
In conclusion, this kit continues to build on the excellence of the
previous kit. DML now only needs to make an "STZ" version of the
Model 1941 to complete the basic early model tanks.
Freddie Leung for the review sample.
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