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GASO.LINE's T34/76: Putting It Together


T34/76 with russian tank riders
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MF48508
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€32.61 EUR


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14 March 2008page first published

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Assembly is straightforward. On the left side, the logs obviously fit in only one possible position, and superglue seals them in place. The headlight fits perfectly into the hole just in front of them. (I glued it in place, too.)

Logs and spotlight in place

On the right side, you first need to pull up and off the plastic stowage back on the front fender. This exposes two holes in the hull:

Stowage bag removed

The tank treads piece has a tab that fits into the back hole, though you'll probably want to superglue it to the hull as well.

The front hole is where the tiny antenna mount plugs in. The aerial is then glued into the mount. However, in my case, I first had to grab a pin vise and drill out the mount (the hole was apparently plugged with paint).

My next step was to apply the decals. I briefly dipped the sheet in water, waited until the adhesive loosened, then slipped the decals on to the turret. (I didn't try to line them up "perfectly," since they represent hand-lettered markings.)

Treads, antenna, and decal

Finally, I added the tank riders. The assembly guide pictures show two possible locations for the figures. I again used superglue. The pointing figure obviously goes on the right side, and the helmeted figure looks good in the middle of the engine deck.

Tank riders

The reclining figure is more problematic - the angle of his boot makes it difficult to fit him anywhere on the back engine deck. So I finally decided he was terribly brave, and put him on the front!

Brave tank rider!

While placing the tank riders, my clumsy fingers managed to snag the aerial and the antenna mount snapped in half. I've glued it back together again, but those with clumsy fingers may want to consider substituting a plastic bristle for the stiff aerial provided.

Assembled model with riders