MiniArt T-70 Special Edition

The T-70 was a light tank used by the Red Army during World War II. The T-70 was armed with a 45-mm L/46 gun Model 38 with forty-five rounds carried, and a coaxial 7.62-mm DT machine gun. The tank was operated by a driver and a commander who loaded and fired the gun. Armour thickness on the turret front was 60 mm, turret sides and rear: 35 mm, hull front and sides: 45 mm, roof and bottom: 10 mm. The first batch of T-70s were built with a GAZ-202 automotive engine on each side of the hull, one driving each track. This arrangement was seen to be a serious problem, even before the first tanks were issued. It was quickly redesigned as the T-70M (although it continued to be referred to as just T-70), with the engines in-line on the right side of the tank and a normal transmission and differential. The conical turret was replaced by one more easily welded out of plate armour, and moved to the left side of the hull.  Production ended in October 1943, with 8,226 vehicles completed. The end of the T-70’s production run was built with two 85-hp GAZ-203 engines, a Mark 4 commander’s periscope replacing a vision slit, and other improvements. The T-70 remained in service until 1948.

The kit arrives in a top opening box and the box contains a single plastic bag with all the contents inside except the instructions. The individual link tracks are inside their own bag. The box contains 423 parts. The contents are:

  • Sprue A – the main hull of the tank
  • Sprue B x 14 – the tracks
  • Sprue C – the clear parts
  • Sprue D x 2 – wheels, drive sprockets and small parts
  • Sprue E – the 5 figures
  • PE Fret
  • Decal sheet
  • Instructions

MiniArt are making the most of this kit and this is the 8th boxing of this kit in various forms and the track links have been available as item 35148 for some time. The crew is the now discontinued kit 35122. This boxing is the previous boxing 35113 with the crew and track links.

The instructions are in 8 steps in a 4 page booklet. Everything is clearly laid out and labelled. Colour call outs are for Vallejo, Testors, Tamiya, Humbrol, Mr. Color and Life Color. There’s a colour 1/35 map in the instructions for you to cut out and use with one of the figures. You have a couple of choices of hatches in the build to build either a late or early T-70. The photoetch adds some nice details in places. There are 9 decal options:

  • T-70M late production, Belarus, Feb 1944
  • T-70M early production, “Tambov Kolkhoznik”, 2nd Tank Corps, Dec 1942.  (Winter Whitewash)
  • T-70M late production, Dnepropetrovsk, Autumn 1942
  • T-70M early production, 1st Guards Mech Corps, the Don region, Dec 1942.  (Winter Whitewash)
  • T-70M early production, unidentified, Spring 1943
  • T-70M early production, unidentified, Spring 1943.  (Winter Whitewash)
  • T-70M late production, region of “Ponryi”, 3rd Tank Corps, Jul 1943.
  • T-70M late production,  Kharkov, Winter 1943.  (Winter Whitewash)
  • T-70M late production, named “Gale”,28th Guards Armoured Brigade, 39th Army, Aug 1943

The grey sprues look nicely detailed, but I did notice some flash in a couple of places on the largest sprue. The kit should build up to make a very nice, and easy to build T-70, we’ll find out when we do the build review.

Many thanks to MiniArt for the review sample.

Price should be around $37, depending where you live.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International


Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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