First of all though, let's talk Finnish T-35/85s. In fact there were only ever 7 T-34/85s captured by the Finns in good enough condition to re-use against their former owners. And as the war lumbered to it's inevitable conclusion these tanks played less and less of a part in the Finn's brave defence of their country, eccentially because the Soviet 85mm ammunition became a scarce commodity.
|A Finnish soldier inspects this abandoned Soviet T-34/85 - can it be salvaged?|
Salvaging was the Finn's only means of acquiring this kind of heavy armour.
Photo source: SA-kuva archive.
You can read more about this - and other - WW2 Finnish tanks at the following two web sites:
• JAEGER PLATOON: FINNISH ARMY 1918 - 1945 WEBSITE
• ANDREASLARKA.NET: DEDICATED TO WW2 FINNISH ARMOUR
Anyhoo, let's talk T-34 bling...
WHY? ARE YOU MAD?
Let's start by saying I am doing this because I like doing stuff that other people say is a bit stupid! The fact is that the combined cost of the various upgrades seen here would probably buy me one and a half Dragon T-34/85 kits!
Let's look at the upgrades in a bit more detail...
• HAULER T-34 MESH GRILLS
Probably the cheapest and 'sensible' upgrade would be this set of etched brass mesh grills. These are actually intended for the Armourfast T-34 kits and there are enough to do two tanks in the set.
• EUREKA XXL T-34/85 TOWING CABLES AND HOOKS
Not very expensive (£2.75), but very nice. I have made my own cables and hooks before but they weren't as nice as these.
• CZECH MASTER'S T-34/85 M45 GUN, MANTLET & SHELLS
One of the really poor parts of the Pegasus T-34/85 kit is the horrible plastic 85mm gun. So, I bought this beautiful CM turned aluminium gun. It comes with a nice resin mantlet and even a couple of 85mm shells!
• CZECH MASTER T-34/85 EXHAUSTS & PERISCOPES
...Er, OK this is getting a bit silly now! This set includes some lovely little resin exhaust pipes and periscopes! At least give me some credit for actually finding these!!! :)
• MAKE IT REAL WW2 SOVIET STENCILIT
Now this is a bit hard core! This tiny brass stencil is a set of Soviet WW2 tank numbers and insignia! Now, I don't really need these for my Finnish tank, but come on - who wouldn't want to hand stencil on 1/72 scale tank numbers...No? ....Nobody? ...Just me then!
Next up: Hull and turret prep.