Building the soviet T-80

Miniart #35038 1/35 scale

by Patricio Delfosse © Modeler Site

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The T-80 was the last light tank used by the Soviet Union army during World War II. Though it nearly was not assigned to combat units (only 120 samples were manufactured), it is an interesting link in the series of light armored vehicles, this is why I was always interested in building one. The T-80 was based on T-70 chassis , so when Miniart announced the T-70, it was obvious that the T-80 would come soon.



The assembly of this kit as well as most of the rest from Miniart, is a very pleasant exercise. Though it doesn't have the easy fit one expects from Tamiya. I was unable to find any molding problems, a good kit to build without worries aside from a bit of flash on some parts. Be patient when assembling the upper hull since it suffers little distortion and will have to be glued very carefully. The rest of the parts fit very well and nearly needed no putty.

The fenders have to be thinned to represent more the scale, so .I sanded down the edges as the image shows: the part on the left is the original, the right one is the part finished. Notice that there are large ejector pin marks, but they will remain hidden once the whole is assembled.

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