Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Zvezda 1/100 T-44

      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

parts sprues

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.

     Highly recommended. 

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I planning to buy a couple at a later date. I got too many things on the work bench now.