Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Armor Pro Kit
No. 7268; T-34/76 Model 1942 German Army
Media and Contents:
180 parts (140 in grey styrene, 33 etched
brass, 2 DS track runs in tan, 1 twisted metal wire)
retail price estimated at US $13-14
Modified and improved version of earlier
kit; provisions made to make several different types of either Soviet or
German modified tanks
DS tracks cut long for sag and will require
care in fitting
Highly Recommended for all small scale
Soviet and German armor fans
I am not sure why this tends to be a popular subject for model
companies, but it seems that releasing kits of "captured" enemy
tanks in German service has become sort of de rigueur. DML
has now released this 1/72 gem with a wide variety of options to
cover nearly any German service captured T-34 Model 1942 with the
"hex nut" turret.
One thing DML caught and fixed - and which I missed – on the first
release of the T-34 Model 1942 (Kit No. 7266) is the fact that the
PT-4 periscope goes on the LEFT side of the turret roof and not the
RIGHT side; when only one was provided, it went to the commander and
not the loader. (Note that the Model 1942, like the Model 1941
before it, only had a four man crew; the fifth man, a dedicated
gunner, did not arrive until the T-34-85 series of tanks.) As a
result, a separate new turret roof is included for the basic Model
Another new option with this kit is a choice of four different types
of wheels. The kit comes with the standard "steel tired" cast road
wheels (8 each, "slide molded" as complete pairs), as well as the
earlier rubber-tired "disk" wheels (8 each) and either "six-spoke"
(2) or "twelve-spoke" (6) cast wheels with rubber tires. This is
provided due to the fact that early on in the Soviet production run
of the Model 1942 with all steel wheels it was found to be an
incredibly noisy and rough-riding vehicle, and so rubber tires were
inserted on at least the front road wheel arms and if possible the
rear one as well. By the time the Germans began capturing these
tanks in numbers, the wheels tended to be mixed, and the Germans
also had to "mix and match" captured material to keep the tanks
running. Photos will help select the proper wheel arrangement for a
specific vehicle, but if not, as long as you use rubber tired wheels
on the first and last road wheel stations you aren't going to be
A complete sprue of Soviet external details is included, and as
noted in the review of kit no. 7266 roughly parallels those found in
the old Tamiya "Model 1943" kit: rear external fuel tanks,
tarpaulins, crates, logs and shovels. The German sprue offers up "Notek"
lights, German style OVM tools and add-on stowage bins plus a set of
etched brass side skirts.
There are two different turret roof arrangements: one uses the
Soviet style "Mickey Mouse" hatches and the other uses the Pzkw.
III/IV style cupola with a modified loader's hatch. The cupola comes
in three to five parts (solid closed hatch or ring with open
hatches, upper and lower vision block assemblies) as well as a
modified turret roof to mount it on. Since it appears DML will also
do a Model 1941 captured tank (at least from the sprues) you will
note the hatch cover for one of those tanks on the sprue of German
parts. The turret interior does provide the basic components of the
F-34 gun, and the barrel is "slide molded" with a hollow bore.
The rest of the kit is the basic Model 1942 kit with an extra set of
etched brass detail parts, to include not only the rear air exhaust
grille but also the intake grilles for the top and sides of the
engine deck. Smaller details in brass cover more of the German
modifications to the tank.
Decals are "targeted" and provide for four captured tanks, two
without the German cupola and two with it: 2nd SS Panzer Division
"Das Reich," Operation Citadel, Kursk 1943 (no cupola and skirts);
2nd Kompanie, unknown division, Eastern Front 1943 (no cupola); 11th
Panzer Regiment, 6th Panzer Division, Russia 1943 (with cupola); and
unidentified unit (probably Soviet), Eastern Front 1945.
In summary, this is a good kit that provides a wide variety of
options to the modeler.