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Late T-35 Tank
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Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 - 10:03 PM UTC
Darren Baker takes a look at the latest T-35 offering from Hobby Boss in 1/35th scale.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 03:42 AM UTC
the unofficial title was "landbattleship"
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Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 06:08 AM UTC

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This particular offering is a little confusing for me as it has a number of features I know of for the T-35, but I cannot find any evidence to support one in this configuration.




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This offering however I cannot find any photographic evidence for, I have found variations but no match.



Darren, what are you talking about here? I thought this kit was suitable to model the last three or four T-35s. I will say I did not go over the minutiae of the tool stowage, however.

I'm also confused about:


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I even liked the aerial assembly around the turret as it added eye catching detail.



I didn't think kit 83844 had the frame antenna. Kit 83843 had it on sprue M1 but I don't see it in your photos. Are you thinking of the earlier kit?

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Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 12:02 PM UTC
Sorry Kurt
To be clear I could not find any pictorial evidence of a T-35 having been fielded in this exact configuration as the model is indicated to be built. Yes you could do some versions as fielded, but you would need the aerial assembly for that from what I can see. So what i was trying to say is that all of the versions previously released would seem to cover the vehicles that were built.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 08:23 AM UTC
Well, here's what I've found . . .

Kit 83843 is fine for modeling the first three or four M1939 vehicles. These vehicles all had side skirts with trapezoidal access hatches, a turret base with vertical end faces, and a two-piece rectangular driver's hatch. Only one of these had the frame aerial. Some number of these had the disk idler instead of the spoked type, but neither Hobby Boss kit has these but I didn't consider this omission to be a deal breaker.

Kit 83844 is fine for the last three or four tanks that featured side skirts with rectangular access hatches, a turret base with sloped end faces, and a one-piece oval driver's hatch. None of these had a frame aerial and I think all might have had disk idlers. This kit has both types of late side skirts but don't use the trapezoidal hatch versions. You can use these with kit 83842 to represent the odd cylindrical hatch tank refitted with this skirt type.

These two kits have nearly all the same sprues, the difference being:

83843 has M1 (frame antenna, vertical turret base ends) and S (night fighting light lenses)

83844 has N (rectangular hatch side skirts, oval driver's hatch, sloped turret base ends)

At least that's what I got from my research, which admittedly did not get into the intricacies of tool stowage and ignored the disk idler omission. What was the combination of features on the 83844 kit that seemed improper, Darren?

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Posted: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 12:36 PM UTC
Thank you for the additional information Kurt. I did not find the information you have presented and so based my opinion on what I did manage to find out.
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Posted: Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 08:38 AM UTC
Thanks for good information. This is my challenging subject.