Hobby Boss- Soviet D-38 Tank
The Soviet BT tank series were cavalry tanks produced in large numbers between 1932 and 1941. Lightly armoured, they were fast and reasonably well-armed at the time. The D-38 was an adaptation of the BT-2 fast tank, equipped with a welded turret and an M1927 76.2mm howitzer, and was developed to offer fire support to tank units. A prototype was built in 1931 and tested thoroughly, but in the end production was stopped and succeeded by the famous T-34 medium tank, which would replace all of the Soviet fast, infantry, and medium tanks in service.
What's In The Box
The box includes eight tan sprues, two light gray sprues for the individual track links, an upper and lower hull, turret top, a clear sprue with headlight lenses, a small PE fret, and decals with numbers.The instructions are spread out over twelve steps with a sprue map and there is only one included scheme in Russian Green.
Sprue A features hull side skirts, some suspension arms, and slide-molded barrels for the Howitzer gun or the BT-2 barrel.
Sprue B consists of the fenders, final drive covers, driver's hatch, and some spare parts.
Sprue C, of which there are two, has more suspension parts, springs, headlights, front idler wheels, and louvers along with other assorted parts.
The pair of E sprues consist of the rest of the road wheels...
Sprue F consists of the gun mantlet and assembly, and the turret base and periscope.
The upper and lower hull parts have some nice detail to them...
The same goes for the turret...
Seeing as how this is a BT series tank, the tracks are optional and can be modeled off or on. There are 48 links per side if you choose to do them, and they are one piece that click together apparently. There are two sprues of track links.
The clear headlight lenses look quite nice, and the included PE enhances the detail of the hull and fuel tank. The included decals are meant to add markings options, but there are no markings indicated on the included scheme details.
This looks like a quick and easy build- not overly detailed, but seems to fit considering the rough designs of these early-war Soviet tanks. There are noticeable sink marks on some of the larger parts, but they will be well hidden on the interior faces. However, if you're the type to want to remove them, they are easily accessed. There isn't loads of information out there on this particular variant, but it could be because it wasn't widely used. Either way, it should build up into an excellent representation of this early war Red Army tank.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders, pending Full Build.
Thanks goes out to Model Rectifier Corporation for this review kit.
Reviewed by Michael Reeves
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