Nashorn, T-34/76 and Panzer III Detail Sets
Voyager Model, 1/35 scale
Reviewed by Luke Pitt
PE128: Nashorn Sdkf.164 Armor plate: (for the Dragon kit)
To be honest, I have not always been a great fan of this sort of set, thinking then to be a little excessive... I think it stems from a fear of large scale soldering and the thought of just mucking it up totally if I tried.
This set however looks to be fairly easy as the bend marks look very straight forward and the side armour is formed in just 2 large plates.
7 frets with 2 pages of easy to follow instructions make up the set. The showpiece in this set is the mesh grills for the side engine louvers. They are without a doubt the finest pieces of mesh I have ever seen in any scale. This set covers all the armour plates and would greatly enhance the Dragon kit.
This set may well be a good “starter set” for large scale “urber detailing”, as it looks fairly easy to put together.
PE35268: T34/76 late production fenders (for the Dragon kit)
This set is made up of 3 frets and covers all of fenders on early T-34’s. With two pages of instructions and 5 assembly sequences, the set is, simplicity itself.
The etch is well done with the bend marks on the fenders being well defined. The rivets are represented by round depressions on the etch and again are very well done. The characteristic “U” shape grab handles are thin and well defined.
There is a lot to like about this set, as it is easy to assemble and would enhance the already excellent Dragon kit as it lends itself to “battle damage“ as only etch can.
PE35267: T34/76 update (for the Dragon kit)
This set covers 8 photo etch frets together with 2 turned brass parts, 6 lengths of wire, 1 length of tow rope and 2 lengths of plastic rod. Two well laid out pages of instructions cover 33 construction sequences and cover most of the detail on the exterior of the vehicle.
The photo etch is very well done, with cleanly defined bend marks in evidence. The rear engine vent cover is made up entirely in etch with some tricky bends being called for here. The engine screens are done in a very fine silver coloured photo etch and is quite simply breath taking in their execution. The side engine vents consists of some 10 parts (both etch and brass rod) each and to be honest would look fantastic when done (and are really the only accurate way this can be achieved) but will be very time consuming to construct (but then again, what etch isn’t!) Also included are the large square fuel cells at the rear of the vehicle and these have clearly defined bend marks and should be fairly easy to put together. The last pieces in this set are the ice spuds and the long oblong storage boxes on the side of the vehicle. These again are well done and easy to construct.
Overall, this is a great set and will add a great deal to the already excellent Dragon kit.
PE35228: WW2 German Panzer III Ausf. L update (for the Tamiya kit)
This set covers 6 photo etch frets together with 4 resin pieces,5 turned brass parts, 3 lengths of wire, 1 length of tow rope and 1 length of plastic rod.
Two well laid out pages of instructions cover 56 construction sequences and cover most of the detail on the exterior of the vehicle. The photo etch, is very well done, with cleanly defined bend marks in evidence.
The spare road wheel brackets are included, as are the smoke dischargers on the rear of the engine deck. The engine screens (both side and rear) are done in a very fine silver coloured photo etch and is (again) quite simply breath taking in their execution.
The resin castings are very well produced with no air bubbles present.
Overall, this is a great set and would add a great deal to the already excellent Tamiya kit.
Text by Luke Pitt