Since a couple
of months Armourfast has become a stand-alone company (whereas previously
it used to be under the umbrella of Hät). I don't know if there
is a link to that change, but the latest edition of the Armourfast
T-34/76 kit has been substantially reworked and is now dimensionally
far more accurate than it used to be (although still with some issues,
as we will see below). Detail has been improved at the same time.
Not surprisingly, the kit is very similar to the Armourfast T-34/85, reviewed earlier, to which I would like to refer the reader for more pictures.
The green plastic in this kit is quite soft; something in between the usual styrene and vinyl, which is slightly annoying when sanding or scoring. The plastic reacts very well to MEK however, but paint adherence is low.
The hull is a two piece affair, to
which the, MG mount, rear engine deck, exhausts, fuel drums and driver's
hatch have to be added. (The hull is solid underneath the latter,
by the way.) These fuel drums actually took me more time to assemble
than the remainder of the kit, as they are split lengthwise; the resulting
seam at the ends is quite difficult to fill without damaging the parts.
Apart from this, I also believe that few T-34/76 with the early single-hatch
turret had any of these barrels, while the kit would have you add
two. As I understand the first external fuel tanks were angular boxes
added to the rear plate; the cylindrical fuel tanks only appearing
with the T-34/76 versions that were equipped with the hexagonal turret.
A retrofit would be plausible however.
The sponsons are open underneath, but
you will not see much once the tracks are installed, partially because
they are installed far too close to the sponsons if you follow the
kit lay-out. I chose to build the kit OOB, but installing the tracks
a bit further away (vertically that is) from the hull won't be difficult.
The tracks are not quite foolproof, so be sure you get the idler in
front and the drive sprocket at the rear.
These tracks are very simple representations of what was found on the real tank. Actually, I can live with the simplifications made by Armourfast to cater for the wargaming community, but the simplicity of these tracks is, in my eyes, one step too far. Giving them just that little bit more detail wouldn't make assembly any more difficult, the finished kit any less sturdy, but would result in a model that comes close to the simplest of display models.
The turret comes in three main parts, with a three part gun assembly and a hatch. The hatch can be mounted open, but the turret is completely empty, and it's a big hatch...
I am far from a specialist when it
comes to the convoluted history of the T-34, but I know the following
are (some) features that help to identify a production model
I am not sure if all these features
are consistent, but it would make it look like a T-34/76 Model 1941
from Zavod 112's Spring 1942 production batch.
I took the time to measure the kits
against plans in  and  (which differ quite a lot between them)
and found that the hull is slightly oversize, being close to 1/68.
I also noted that the turret body is slightly offset with respect to the turret ring, so that it is slightly asymmetrically placed atop the hull, which I don't think was the case on the real vehicle.
After assembly, which takes about 10
minutes (including cleaning up the parts, but excluding fixing the
seam on the fuel tanks), you still have some sort of toolbox left
for your spare's box.
PS: note that you get two identical kits in one box, as is customary with Armourfast kits.
Below are pictures of the kit, after construction and with a coat of grey primer.
Below is a picture of the earlier release. I believe it speaks for itself.
 T-34 Mythical Weapon, R. Michulec & M. Zientarzewski. Armagedon & Airconnection, 2006
 T-34 Stalin's War-Horse, P. Skulski, Ajaks
Sample kindly procided by Armourfast.
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