by: Hilbert Zuijdendorp [ ]
The T-34/122 is an Egyptian conversion of the well known T-34/85 tank. For this conversion Egypt used the very powerful D-30 howitzer which has been used by several countries. The turret has made the biggest makeover of the tank. By welding steel plates on to the existing turret, the turret was widened and the height was increased to store the bigger gun. The T-34/122 was also called the T-122.
The kit by Accurate Armour is well packed in a sturdy cardboard box approximately 16.5 cm in length, 12.5 cm wide and 6.5cm deep. On top of the box there is a picture of the finished model along with the kit number and description along with the address on the side of the box
There are not many parts in the box. A reason could be that the turret part isnít broken down into multiple parts. There are 57 green grayish parts to complete the model. A small PE fret is also included in this conversion to replace some lower hull parts from the Dragon kit. As stated before there are not many parts included, but they are molded without any visible air bubbles. The turret is the largest part and there is some flash on it that has to be removed with a sharp knife. The other parts are consisting of the barrel with its muzzle brake, fuel tanks and some other parts.
The barrel part is slightly bend but some hot water will do the trick. The muzzle brake is also molded in resin instead of white metal as stated in the manual. But for its complexity this part is molded extremely well and just some flash on the inside has to be removed. But for those who want a very detailed aluminum barrel, I would advise the RB model D-30 barrel. The casting blocks are quit small. So removing them shouldnít be a real problem.
There are also parts provided for the fuel tanks. Those in the Dragon kit are from another type. Other parts included are the hatches and hooks. The rest of the parts are for the 122 mm gun.
The manual contains 2 A4 sheets printed in colour. But just one of them is the actual manual. On the front the model is presented in its completed form. The next page tells the builder about the hazards of resin. There are several warnings present/repeated here, a list of tools you need and an explanation on how to handle the kit parts. On page 3 there is the actual manual to build this kit. These are not illustrations, but actual photographs of the model in its building stages. Pages 4, 5 and 6 are just like page 3. On page 7 there is explanation of the photographs. Page 8 is a list of the parts included in the kit.
This original conversion from Accurate Armour is also one that would do well on the shelf. Details are nicely done and because its low amount of parts, it would be an easy kit for a modeler who hasnít tried a resin conversion. The is some flash visible on parts but nothing that cannot easily be removed with a sharp knife. Accurate Armour did provide a barrel with muzzle brake. But it would be advisable to use the RB Model D-30 gun instead. This would definitely be a nice addition to an already beautiful kit.