38cm Pz.Kpfw. III/IV
|Catalogue Number and Description:||WWII Productions Set no.48006 - 38cm Pz.Kpfw. III/IV Resin replacement tracks|
|Contents and Media:||Individual resin track links|
|Price:||$36.00 AUD available via email from WWII Productions|
|Advantages:||Well cast, highly detailed, easy to clean up and assemble|
The Panzer III/IV 38 cm track is by far the most fiddly of the WWII Productions 48th scale tracks I have assembled to date, required some more clean-up and more care when preparing and assembling, however the result is every bit as pleasing as any of the previous sets I have made.
It is important to note that this
is also the smallest track set from WWII Productions I have seen
thus far, and despite this fact they incorporate every bit as much
of detail as their larger and simpler brethren. Besides, clean-up
couldn’t be easier.
In yet another brilliant technique lifted from the highly intelligent reflections of the spectacularly talented Terry Ashley I have taken to cleaning up the thin membrane surrounding delicately cast resin parts using a toothbrush. This method exposed the fact that the resin used to cast WWII Productions products is extremely sturdy and not at all brittle, as you would find in some of the lower quality resin detail sets some people make.
Each link only takes a couple of strokes of the toothbrush in most cases, and there are several occasions where there is no clean-up required at all.
Once again the assembly is executed using the trademark “clickable” method employed by WWII Productions and once clean-up is complete assembly moves at a pace. Granted not as quickly as the larger sets I have previously assembled, but still very quickly nonetheless.
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The level of detail is every bit as
good as the Panther and the Tiger tracks I have reviewed here
before, and when parts need to be hollow they are hollow, and where
there need to be lumps and bumps there are.
Every bit the equal once assembled of its predecessors, this set will allow for some handling, and painting before placement on the model, and they will not fall apart. I wouldn’t let my daughter use them as a necklace mind you, but they will withstand reasonable wear and tear. In fact, once assembled I store the tracks in the same way the real things are kept, in small roll-ups.
Overall I would personally rate this set as highly as I would any other WWII Productions release to date (And by now you will be getting the impression that I am particularly enamoured with their releases), and while the clean-up of the membrane that is required on most of the links slows things down somewhat, I would stop before I noted this as a failing or a disadvantage of the set. It is what I would call a minor and unavoidable inconvenience, but it certainly doesn’t detract from them. I would unreservedly give these the highest recommendation.
Thanks to WWII Productions for the review sample.
WWII productions may be contacted at:
PO Box 100 Waratah
Text and Images by Jay Laverty
Page Created 29 November, 2006
Page Last Updated 28 November, 2006