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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Quick Review: T-34/85M (AARBX03)

AARBX03 T-34/85M!
The venerable T-34's last major upgrade, the T-34/85M, was used by the Egyptians and many other Soviet Bloc nations.  The changes were not a new production run, but a refurbishing program to existing models prolonging  the life of the vehicle.  The T-34/85M had a new radio, road wheels the same as the T-54, night driving equipment added, plus improved fuel and drivetrain components.  Much like the Soviet improving their T-34 model, Battlefront has done so as well.  This latest and greatest box set (AARBX03) really shows some improvement over the old versions back from the day.
You get 3 T34/85M in the box.

The parts are really clean. Almost no flash just a couple of nuggets on the machineguns.

Hey I got magnets as well!

Wow look at all these parts for T-34s its the catch all sprue. It has so many parts on here its a little difficult to get snips in between to remove them from the sprue. 

Standard commander load out.

Super clean hull! very nice.

Oops problem.  I had gun mount resin chipping.

I really like the new tracks.

These guys went together quick

The new sprue of T-34 parts provides extra track and fuel tanks to customize your vehicles.  YEAH!

Simple Egyptian sand color.

Just a bone undercoat with a wash.  This is a good thing  because the Egyptians need a ton of these guys.

Look at these Easy Army stats, 40 tanks for 780 points yikes!

The Bad:   Not a much bad you can say about the model other than some slight chipping in the barrel mount.  Battlefront has really come a long way with tank production.  On a army note, you are going to go broke fielding these guys with them costing under 20 points a vehicle.

The Good:  I can't say enough about how much I like the new plastic and resin combo models battlefront is doing.  I really enjoyed putting these guys together, its a sweet model.  Go out get yourself 40 of them!

Eric Lauterbach can be heard with Luke and Jon on the WWPD podcast discussing the finer points of women's Olympic speed skating outfits. 

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