|Photo in my improvised Optex Studio - i.e. the back yard.|
One up front note - I have already noticed that I screwed up in terms of placing the square fuel cans - they should be higher up on the hull. Oh well - next time.
|T-34/76s ready to roll.|
|A tank commander popped out to give instruction.|
|Rear aspect picture of the T-34/76s. On to Kiev!|
Assembly is fairly straightforward, and highly idiot-resistant, even for me. I found the track assembly to be a bit fiddly. Don't get me wrong - it's still pretty easy, but I struggled to get the joints on the two track sections (there are two section - a top and bottom on each side) to match properly. AARGH!
One enormous positive of this box is you get sufficient parts to ensure a T-34/76 or T-34/85 for each vehicle - it's not a "one or the other" choice.
|Just switch the turrets, and you are in the late war period!|
|I painted some improvised tactical markings on the turrets.|
|I love the over sized look of the T-34/85.|
|On to Berlin!|
Painting was very straight-forward - these are, after all, Russian tanks. I had no decals to use, so I did my best to bodge a couple of commie sayings for some of the turrets. I also decided to do one tank as a captured T-34/76. The others are all Russian T-34/76/85s. I did one commander figure with the hatch open on one of the T-34/76s.
|Under new management.|
|I wish I had saved some of the extra skirting from the Panthers...|
|Ready to serve against its former masters...|
Second, the detail on these models is not too crisp in some areas. An example would be the tow cables on the hull - the detail is there, but not as sharp (or easy to paint) as it would be on a Battlefront or Peter Pig 15mm model. This is no big deal for the tanks, but I suspect a significant issue for the infantry models - the tank commander was hard to paint, because very little detail on the model survived the primer.
Third, in terms of size, these models seem to be "true" 15mm models, whereas Battlefront's scale creep has actually created it's own "Battlefront Scale". I don't have any Battlefront T-34 to compare, but I suspect they would not mix perfectly. Not an issue for every gamer - just something to remember. Finally, as above, I suspect it will matter more for the Plastic Soldier Company infantry, assuming they are slighter than the BF (or Peter Pig) sculpts.
A final comparison point - Battlefront box sets are great for including decals. These don't. Not a huge deal for Russians, but I love them for the German tanks, as the tactical numbers, crosses etc. really finish off the model and I SUCK at painting those by hand (for proof, just look at the hack job on the captured T-34 in this post). I should note here that PSC appears to be offering some of their own decals separately, however.
But on the whole, these are minor quibbles. PSC destroys the competition not just on price, but on value. You get five tanks. You get turrets for BOTH variants, so with the quick switch of a turret your drive to the Dnieper becomes a drive to the Oder. Can you imagine GW - or BF for that matter - ever doing something like that with their models? I like the look of these tanks, and I'm sure I'll get better at assembling the tracks.
My assessment - buy these things! I am looking at covering a table in 15mm T-34s from some kind of WW2 tank shoot-a-thon later this year, and I think these will do nicely.
Up next - a box of PSC Panther tanks!