It has been ages since I did any kit reviews and I'm way behind. I had a little while to spend so I grabbed a few of the kits that have been waiting patiently in The Vault and put them together. First up is the Russian T-44, the descendant of the famous T-34 series and the direct predecessor to the ubiquitous T-54/55 series, the T-44 was little known in the west until fairly recently. It began as a potential replacement for the T-34 but the Soviet High Command did not want to suspend production on the main assembly line to introduce this new model so "only" about 2000 were made in secondary factories.
This kit is up to the usual standards for a Zvezda snap-together kit. It is crisply molded in hard green plastic and assembles easily. Fit and finish are remarkable for a snap together model ( I glued mine just to be on the safe side).
This kit was kindly provided for review by Michigan Toy Soldier Shop and is available to purchase either in their store or through their website
box and contents
the little details; access panels and torsion bars
the tracks are simple but the road-wheels are well detailed
parts fit is superb
another look at the detailed road wheels
upper hull with gas tanks
three sub assemblies, lower hull. upper hull and turret
together they nicely capture the look of the original
you can almost see the T-54 in there trying to come out
A great model of a little-known tank. If you are looking for a Soviet tank to use in a "what if" scenario or want to play 1946 this fits the bill perfectly.