Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf.C/B (VK36.01)
Revosys, 1/35 scale
Reviewed by Andrew Judson
F i r s t L o o k
It is always nice when a new player hits the market in the modelling industry, and even more so when their debut release is a subject pretty much previously untouched.
The VK36.01 was a very early development that led to the eventual production of the Tiger I tank. Looking at its design, one can see the similarities.
For the turret, I am led to believe that two actual lower hulls for this tank were found, but no turrets were attached, so no one really knows what may have eventually been attached to these.
The kit comes packed in a nice sized box, with some attractive artwork - a good start.
Clear parts are included for lenses, scopes and vision blocks.
The detail of the parts look very nice, with clean mouldings, requiring minimal clean-up.
The tracks are well done too, with an assembly jig to assist.
They will be workable when complete.
The turret may be built in a number of configuration with a choice of armament.
The photo-etched fret inclludes grilles, an optional star antenna and smaller detail parts.
There is an interior that consists of the driver’s and radio operator’s areas, the lower fighting compartment with ammo stowage, and a full turret interior. There is no engine included.
The modest decal sheet includes three hypothetical options.
Construction begins with the lower running gear and the interior, some quite straightforward, while care will be needed in other areas. This goes for the first ten stages. From there you are then working on the lower hulls upper deck and guards, and placing the tracks on. This goes to stage 15.
From stage 16 to the end, you are working on the turret’s interior and exterior which is quite a detailed exercise.
C o n c l u s i o n
In summary, I think that subject matter is both interesting and excellent, the quality is very nice, and it will be interesting to see what they come out with next. This is a great debut release from Revosys.
I would recommend this to all who are keen on German WWII subjects, and for those after something a little different. Well done, I say!
I don’t think this will be a quick build, but the result should be a stunning kit.
Thanks to Revosys for the sample https://www.facebook.com/REVOSYSHOBBY/
Text by Andrew Judson