in 1/72 scale with
PT-3 Mine Roller
with PT-3 Mine Roller
images and text by Brett Green
Eastern Express's 1/72 scale T-34/76 with PT-3 Mine Roller is available
online from Squadron
Chris Wauchop has a long queue of commission modelling
jobs, including quite a few small scale armour kits. For his latest job,
he decided to work on Eastern Express's 1/72 scale T-34/76 medium Soviet
tank. This release also includes a PT-3 Mine Roller.
The Eastern Express T-34/76 is fairly typical of other
offerings from this Russian manufacturer. The kit detail is good straight
from the box, and surface texture is excellent. The quality of the plastic
is variable from sprue to sprue, but generally the model does not present
any major construction challenges.
The model was built with a few enhancements.
The 76mm main gun barrel was replaced with a turned
aluminium item from AMRO (stock number 72 703). This was a very nice piece
Handrails were replaced with fine brass wire. Brass wire
was also used for the aerial. Brass tube was employed to replace the
hull-mounted machine gun barrel. Although it is somewhat overscale, it
looks better than the kit part. Handles for the external fuel drums were
added using thin brass strip. The plastic exhaust pipes were hollowed out
with the tip of a new hobby blade.
According to the box art and reference diagrams in the
instructions, the PT-3 Mine Roller was missing some detail. The two
attachment points for the stabilizer cable were added using strips of
plastic card. Several lightening holes were drilled through these parts.
The stabilizer cable itself was sourced from Revell's 1/72 scale S-Boot,
which offers plenty of spare string after the model has been finished!
Detail on the bottom of the front of the roller mount, including
interlinking loops, were added using brass wire.
The link and length tracks were the only complication to
construction. It turned out that each side was about 1/5 track links too
short. Chris used the spare track links, and also had to relocate the
idler wheels and drive sprockets to ensure proper fit.
Chris commented that painting was done on full automatic
pilot! Camouflage colours were applied with the Testor Aztek A470
Two colours were used to achieve a patchy, worn
appearance. The two colours were Tamiya JA Green and Tamiya Khaki.
Dust is a light overspray of Tamiya Dark Yellow. The
wooden handles for the tools were also painted Tamiya Dark Yellow.
Tamiya Semi-Gloss Black was thinned with water and used as
a wash around raised detail.
Edges of the vehicle were highlighted with a lead pencil.
Lead pencil was also used to "colour in" the metal spade heads and saw
The kit decals did not seem to relate to the specific
subject, so Chris sourced generic number decals from Academy's 1/72 scale
Messerschmitt Me 163 kit.
Despite buffing the plastic surface to a gloss finish
prior to application, the decals suffered from silvering. Chris touched up
these problem areas with spots of green paint before a final coat of Gunze
Apart from some mild frustration with the fit of the
tracks, Chris found this kit to be a fairly quick to build and very nicely
As can be seen by the comparison photo next to an American
Quarter Dollar, this T-34 is really quite tiny!
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Model by Chris Wauchop
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