Review Mirage Hobby 1/35 OT-134
The T-26 was used as the basis of a series of flamethrower tanks. First was the OT-26, based on the twin-turreted Model 1931. This was followed by the OT-130 and OT-133, based on the Model 1933, and finally by the OT-134, the only version to keep its 45mm gun. These flamethrower tanks were very vulnerable in combat, for they had to get within very close range of their target while carrying a heavy load of fuel for the flamethrower protected only by the thin armour of the T-26. During 1940 the Kompressor Factory in Moscow developed a new flamethrower that was small enough to be mounted in the tank hull instead in the turret. This was mounted in the hull of the T-26S to produce the OT-134. The 45mm gun was retained in a turret which resembled that of the T-50. A small number of OT-134s were produced in 1941, in time to take part in the disasters that overwhelmed the Red Army after the German invasion.
The kit is in an end opening box. All the parts are mounted on 3 large and 2 small sprues which are sealed inside a single bag along with rubber band tracks. Attached to the front of the instructions is a resealable bag containing a small decal sheet. The instructions are printed in black and white on both sides of a single piece of paper.
The box contains:
- 244 plastic parts on 5 sprues
- 1 decal sheet
- instructions sheet
This is a re-boxing of Mirage-Hobby’s earlier kit from 1998. However, this is still the only 1/35 OT-134 on the market. The odd thing is I can’t see any painting instructions other than the 2 images of the decal options on the back of the box. The decal options are for a Russian vehicle and a captured vehicle in German service. No paint instructions are not too big a problem though as the vehicle will be all over Russian green in their service. The back of the box shows the vehicle in green paint with a winter whitewash for German service. The Germans did sometimes re-paint captured vehicles though.
The sprue attachment points are not too bad, a little large in places, but nothing that will be a problem. The ejector pin marks are either out of the way or on the sprue and not a concern. The level of detail on the parts of the kit is good with subtle recessed panel lines and raised detail where appropriate. Some of the smaller parts seem a little large though.
The instructions are clear and are shown in black and white diagrams. The kit is built in 13 steps displayed over 3 half sized pages. The actions for each step are described below:
- A very easy start, the main gun is mounted in a holder.
- The parts from step 1 are mounted into the separate turret front.
- Two small parts added to the main gun housing.
- Turret assembled – a total of 11 parts.
- Bogies and running gear assembled. Note that the front left and right rear bogies are a pair and the front right and rear left bogies are a pair.
- Lower hull assembled. Note some plastic has to be removed from the hull sides here.
- Return rollers and drive gear added to the lower hull.
- Exhaust assembled – 2 parts.
- Flamethrower assembled – 2 parts.
- The separate front of the upper hull has parts added.
- Upper hull, running gear, hull rear and some smaller parts are added.
- Fenders added and tolls etc added to them. Engine air intake added to the rear hull.
- Turret ad tracks added along with some small parts.
Overall this is a very nicely detailed kit of an unusual subject. The details on the plastic parts look good and there’s plenty of small parts to add fine detail. Some smaller details will need some work, such as hollow out the exhaust and use the rubber band tracks. There’s no interior detail and as expected there are no hatches that can be mounted in the open position. Basically, it’s apparent that the basic kit was released almost 20 years ago, but it’s still a good kit and will make a good build. The price Mirage Hobby is selling this for makes it a good deal too!
I found this kit available at Mirage Hobby for $12.00 plus shipping which is a really good price.
Many thanks to Mirage Hobby for the review sample.