T-54B SOVIET MEDIUM TANK, early production

MiniArt, No.37019, 1/35

Short History:

The T-54 and T-55 tanks are a series of Soviet main battle tanks introduced in the years following the Second World War. The first T-54 prototype was completed at Nizhny Tagil by the end of 1945. Initial production ramp up settled for 1947 at Nizhny Tagil, and 1948 for Kharkov were halted and curtailed as many problems were uncovered; the T-34-85 still accounted for 88 percent of production through the 50’s. The T-54 eventually became the main tank for armoured units of the Soviet Army, armies of the Warsaw Pact countries, and many others. T-54s and T-55s have been involved in many of the world’s armed conflicts since the later part of the 20th century.

What`s in the box:

Another member of T-5.. family is release by MiniArt, and this time they started with the subject that are most armor modellers interested in. I have before me T-54B version of the famous Cold War tank. As many of us know, many Warsaw Pact countries same as former S.S.S.R. allies, has it in their arsenal, so this tanks were in service in many conflict around the world; from Asia, Middle East to South America. As usual, Min iArt offer two versions of this model, with interior and without it.

This kit is coming in standard Mini Art 1/35 armor model box with colorful picture of T54B on the cover. Kit contains over 801 parts; 66 sprues in light gray plastic, PE, Decal sheet and clear sprue. Assembly instructions contains 18pages and 59 steps how to make this model. Its easy to follow and read. English and Ukrainian language are provided for assembly instruction. Painting guide is provided for A. Mig products and it will be easy for modellers to get a clue how to paint some specific parts.

Construction begins with lower hull and torsion bars. They are made to be workable. If you prefer to have “workable” model or to place it on display/diorama, be careful in this step not to glue them. This option of the kit is without interior details, but Mini Art didnt left it completely without any of interior parts. There are some details that you can still have them inside your kit. For some modellers, first look/steps of construction of the kit can be confusing or challenging, but dont give up to early, Mini Art provided it that way, because they know now days modelling requirements.

Two types of road wheels are provided in he box. Tracks are made link-by-link, but they are not made to be workable. Engine is not provided in this kit, but you can get it as separate part also from Mini Art. All the details around the hull are made very nice. Some of the very nice details are tubes between hull and side fuel boxes. Be careful when working with this tiny parts. From some of my previous experiences, this small parts are easy to brake, but the problem can be easily solved with thin wire in right scale.

Turret is also made very nice, with a lot of exterior details same with some interior details. All hatches on the model can be made in open or close position. Main gun barrel is made of plastic, as one plastic part, which is great and welcome. That way, annoying sanding of assembled parts will be skip.

Painting and marking guide is provided for four vehicles. Color guide is provided for A. Mig, Testors, Mr. Color, Humbrol, and Vallejo colors. All markings are provided for Soviet vehicles:

  • The Soviet Army, the second half of the 50s
  • 2nd Guards Taman Motorized Rifle Division Soviet army, 60s
  • Option winter camouflage, intended for use during the conduct of hostilities, 50-60s
  • Color option for the parade of the Guard units, Soviet army,50-60s

Decal sheets is printed very nice and as far as I notice, Mini Art decals are very fine for use.

Very nice kit, that is more then welcome for collection. If you like Soviet/Russian armor or you like to build model from some of the conflicts from 50`, or from some recent conflicts, this model is “must have”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Review kit of this model was provided by : Scale-Model-Kits

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