Mini Art 35039 kit review – Soviet T-70 Light TankArticles -
2011 Aug 8
Mini Art 35039 kit review – Soviet T-70 Light Tank
The T-70 was a World War II Soviet light tank used for reconnaissance and infantry support. Designed to fill the production gap left by the T-60 and the T-50 tanks. First T-70‘s had a twin engine, one for each track side. Crew was composed by 2 persons: A drivers and a commander responsable of loading and firing the 45mm L/46 gun. The vehicle weighted about 9 tonnes.
The fact that the Commander was busy loading, firing and searching for targets it made this tank inadeguate for cooperative platoon activities. Later the T-70 were replaced by the T-80 and the T34.
Mini Art 35039 kit provides a Soviet T-70 Light Tank captured by a german crew towing an Artillery cannon and a 52R3535M Limber. You have four kits in one.
Mini Art has certainly made a good reproduction if the T-70 Tank and with help of a photoetched sheet an high level of detail can be acquired. Tracks are very fragile while removing them from sprue, so it needs a lot of attention. I broke a couple of them, but they can be used anyway.
Also road wheels are a bit delicate and need some attention for an optimal alignment.
There are no details for the inside part of the tank. For this reason I opted to place a wood cover, just as seen on some BergerPanther projects. Also consider that the crew does not want the rain to go inside the driving compartment :).
Next build was the limber, as said above this is a kit in the kit. It assembles easly and needs only a bit of attention while cleaning the handrail. Last, but not least, the 7,62cm FK288(r) cannon goes assembled well, just need to decide which version build. Towed or fixed.
The five figures, included with this Mini Art 35039 kit, are very well sculpted with natural postures. And faces are different each other, some minimal filling has to be done between the torso and legs.
Instructions, are complete and detailed but it needs some moments of reflection before proceeding step by step. Generally pieces are quite clean, only a minor part of them needs some extra cleaning and filling.
The diorama has been set over a foam piece about 42x15x4cm and digged in the middle to obtain a depression section of road. The idea was to replicate the down-hill effect of the cover art but positioning the crew off the tank having a rest while whatching a grave of german soldier having his last rest.
Mini Art 35039 is highly recommened , it enables modeller to make a full diorama with just some minimal work!