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Artillery Museum, St.Petersburg (2016)

During my recent visit to St.Petersburg I went to the Artillery Museum. It is a spectacular collection, especially for a Westerner, unlikely to see a lot of these exhibits elsewhere. It’s a shame that there is no signage in English – you feel you are missing out there. The vehicles in the courtyard could do with signs too – even in Russian! I think I can recognise more Russian\Soviet hardware than the average visitor – even so, there are some pretty obscure things there.


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St.Petersburg (2016)

I have been in St.Petersburg. The weather was hot, the city looked great – a very interesting place. I did all of the tourist things – the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Central Naval Museum, various churches, theatres and Soviet era monuments and statues. I would definitely go back – and elsewhere in Russia – but I hope I know a few more words next time!


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T-34/76 (model 1941 cast turret) build – Part 2:Assembly

I found the instructions a bit lacking in places – parts just magically appeared on the model in an illustration, with no indication as to what they were! Not difficult to figure it out, but equally not difficult to make sure your instructions are in order! Obviously it is missing some smaller parts on the hull – lights, various stowage items – but that will have to come later as I am out of the country for a week.


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T-34/76 (model 1941 cast turret) build – Part 1:Introduction

The vehicle

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“The first version T-34/76 came as a nasty surprise for the overconfident German troops in the fall of 1941, when it was first committed en masse. The Germans had nothing comparable. Not only were they able to cope with the mud and snow with their large tracks, but they came with a perfect combination of thick and highly sloped armor, efficient gun, good speed and autonomy and, above all, extreme sturdiness, reliability, ease of manufacturing and maintenance. A perfect winner for an industrial war and a significant leap in tank design.” [1]

The kit

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Dragon 1/35 kit [3].

References

1. http://www.tanks-encyclopedia.com/ww2/soviet/soviet_T34-76.php
2. http://www.primeportal.net/tanks/dmitry_kiyatkin/t-34_76_1941/index.php?Page=1
3. http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/reviews/vehicles/dragon/dr6418.html


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Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I

No.151 Squadron, RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire, England, February 1941.

Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I build – Part 1:Introduction
Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I build – Part 2:Assembly
Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I build – Part 3:Painting

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