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Friday, February 27, 2015

Bolt Action - Review: Rubicon Models T-34/76

Recently, Nemesis Andy was given the opportunity to review Rubicon’s 28mm scale T-34/76 plastic tank model.  Anyone that is familiar with Rubicon’s tank kits is well aware of the wealth of modeling versatility that comes in each kit and the T-34/76 kit is no exception.  Once you get the sprues out of the box you can’t help but notice all the cool little extras added to enable you to personalize your T-34.  From different turret options, to both steel and rubber track wheels.

  The extras mentioned in the box let you construct a T-34 from a variety of regions of the Soviet Union and different stages of the War.  From early war, right up till the end of World War 2.  The kit is easy to build with few fiddly pieces and is good for beginning modelers and wargamers.  The instructions are well laid out and easy to follow and the folks at Rubicon went the extra mile and identified the different options available in the kit, like the turrets, muzzles and rear hatches for those of us who are a little less knowledgeable about the history of the T-34 but would still like to get a period accurate tank.  This saves me from embarrassing reproaches from neckbeards on how the rear hatch of my T-34 is from the wrong era of the war from the Stalingrad factory chisel muzzle.  The tracks are worth mentioning as they come in one piece which make them a dream to assemble.  They also can be built with either the early war steel wheel option or the later war rubber wheels.

  I found Rubicon’s T-34 to be a great kit.  But if you are a stickler for lots of detail it is worth mentioning that the detail of the tracks might disappoint.  They did seem to lack the finer link detail of other kits and I have included a photo to illustrate the point.  The Rubicon T-34 tracks are on the right compared to a different companies T-34 tracks on the left.  Now for me, this isn’t a problem as I model primarily for war gaming but it is worth mentioning.

  The model is designed with the war gamer in mind and once built, I found it to be very sturdy and capable of withstanding the abuse table-top miniatures are routinely exposed to.  Gaming can be rough on my models and I prefer a model that can stand up to the abuse.  That is not to say that the model is lacking in detail.  It is a very well detailed tank but the detail pieces are not fragile like a display models would be.

  All in all I was very pleased with this model kit and would highly recommend it for any Bolt Action player.  Not only is it a beautiful and durable war gaming model but it also has a very reasonable price. It was a joy to build and paint and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

  Have any experience with these new Rubicon kits? Tell us about it on the forum!

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