The Russian T-34 (both 76 and 85 types) series of tanks over the course of the war used a variety of different wheel types. This was a function of the Russian efforts to minimize production costs. The original road wheels were an early dish solid metal model. It was surrounded by a perforated rubber rim. Later the rubber rim was not perforated.
In order to save material the Russian modified the wheels by punching weight savings holes. An unofficial term used for this iteration was a "half spider wheel" where there were 12 holes separated by 6 spokes
Another variation that entered production at about the same time as the half-spider was one that could be called a full spider wheel, It had twelve full spokes instead of 6. It also featured a solid rubber rim.
There was a variation were the wheel was all metal. Not unlike late war German tanks.
Finally there was a starfish type road wheel but that was seen mainly on late/post war T-34/85's.
To complicate matters even more it was not unusual to see a combination of different wheel types used on the same vehicle.
Please see the following reference for more details on T-34 road wheels: http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/t3485bg_2.html#W h e e l s a n d T r a c k s - I d e n t i f y i n g F e a t u r e s
OK. So why is this important to the construction of an in-game T-34/76 1943. Simple, The Tamiya kit comes with a combination of the half-spider rubber rim road wheel and the full spider non rubber road wheel. The in-game T-34/76 uses the early rubber rimed full metal wheels. In order to resolve this problem I have acquired the Tamiya SU-85 model kit (In addition to the Tamiya T-34/76 1943) which has the correct road wheels. Next blog will talk about the T-34/76 kit.