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Assembling the T-34

Assembling the T-34

Below: Carefully cut the hull top from the sprue using clippers...   Below: ...and the hull bottom.   Below: Use a craft knife to gently scrape away any excess plastic.
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 Tip: When referring to left or right-hand side in regards to a Flames Of War miniature, the orientation is determined as if looking at the vehicle from the rear.
 Below: Run a line of plastic cement around the top of the hull bottom piece.    Below: The hull top piece has raised lines to help ensure correct placement.    Below: Press the hull top and bottom pieces together. Note the two locator slots for the left-hand track...
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 Below: ...and the single locator slot for the right-hand track.    Below: The tracks have corresponding tabs, so you can't put the tracks on the wrong sides.    Below: Glue both tracks in place using plastic cement.
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 Below: Clip off the top and bottom pieces for both turrets.    Below: The 85mm turret will probably be left with nubs of excess plastic feed from the sprue.    Below: Carefully trim these away with your craft knife.
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 Below: Don't worry if the edges of the turret top pieces are a little messy; real T-34s had a prominent weld bead along this line.    Below: Apply plastic glue around the top edge of the 85mm turret bottom piece...    Below: ...and press the pieces together. Again, don't worry if this join is a little messy.
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 Below: And repeat for the 76mm turret.    Below: Select the appropriate mudguards...    Below: The rounded mudguards were common on 76mm models and 85mm variants up to late 1944.
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 Below: Glue the mudguards in place, taking care to ensure they are straight.    Below: Carefully clip off the exhaust pieces.    Below: Apply a small amount of plastic cement to each locating hole...
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 Below: ...and press the exhausts into place; you may want to use tweezers for this.    Below: Clip off the bow MG. The stubbier piece next to it is for the flamethrower variant.    Below: Apply a small amount of plastic cement to the locating hole...
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 Below: ...and press the MG into place.    Below: Clip off the 76mm gun mantlet...    Below: ...and glue it into place on the front of the 76mm turret.
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 Below: The 76mm gun is the smallest gun on the sprue.    Below: Slide it into the hole in the mantlet, with a little plastic cement.    Below: Repeat for the 85mm mantlet.
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 Below: This piece has a small locator plug on the back to make it harder to glue it on upside down.    Below: The 85mm gun is the second-largest on the sprue.    Below: Slide it into the hole in the mantlet, with a little plastic cement.
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 Below: Clip three fuel drums off the sprue.    Below: The standard arrangement was one drum on the left-hand side (facing the front) and two on the right-hand side.   Below: Because plastic cement takes a while to cure, you can take your time and make sure the drums are lined up straight.
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Attaching the turret   
Below: Finally, glue the turret peg into the hole in the bottom of your turret  Below: It fits into the hole in the tank's turret ring (don't glue this!) allowing the turret to rotate to shoot at targets in any direction.
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Alternatively, you may prefer to glue rare earth magnets into the recess in the hull and to the bottom of the turret. Magnets are a quick and secure way of fixing your turrets to the hulls, but they are a small added expense, which is why the turret peg is provided, leaving the choice up to you.

Rare Earth Magnets (XX105) are available through the online store here...

These 1mm x 5mm magnets fit perfectly into the round spaces in the hull and turret.

Rare Earth Magnets (XX105)
 
 Below: Plastic cement only works for plastic-to-plastic joins. For the magnets, you will need to use cyanoacrylate Super Glue.    Below: Make sure they polarity of the magnets is correct...   Below: ...or the turrets will pop off. Give the glue enough time to cure properly.
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 Below: Decide whether to model open or closed hatches, and whether you want a commander's cupola on your 76mm turret.    Below: Later production T-34/76 variants had a cupola; all T-34/85 variants did. Glue the hatches and/or cupolas in place.   Below: Since both turrets have an open hatch, choose a commander from the sprue.
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Last Updated On Sunday, November 19, 2017 by Luke at Battlefront