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M2 Half-Track Detail Set

Voyager Model, 1/35 scale

 

Reviewed by Jay Laverty

Catalogue Number and Description: Voyager Model item no. PE35117 - WWII US M2 Half Track to fit Dragon kits
Contents and Media: Photo-etched frets and multi-media accessories
Scale: 1/35
Price: Available from specialist hobby retailers worldwide including Mission Models
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Amazing detail; noticeable improvement on scale appearance of some kit parts; poseable and even workable details.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Recommended to experienced modellers



Voyager Model Accessories are available online from Mission Models
 

FirstLook

Opening the neatly presented packaging reveals a Pandoraís Box of aftermarket accessories that makes up this set for the Dragon M2 Halftrack. Not only are there a lot of photo-etched frets in here (a total of 6 separate frets) there is also a healthy amount of resin as well as an acetate sheet with instrument detail on it.

 



The instructions also warrant a mention at this stage as they are really well done, clearly illustrated, and even multi-coloured. In fact, it is a perusal of the instructions at this early stage that shows just how involved and detailed this set really is. Every bit as complex and well engineered as any Aber set I have seen, Voyager are obviously a company that takes this photo-etched game very seriously.

The metal itself is very finely etched, and includes infinitely tiny components such as the fastener heads in crisp, clear detail. Replicated fabric texture on the straps, brilliant tread plate detail, and extra fine chain link make for some very impressive parts indeed, and rank this as one of the best and most extensive etched sets I have ever seen. Outside of 350th naval stuff that isÖ

The resin is also very neatly done, and covers the mines, Jerry cans, and ammunition boxes. The intricately detailed clear acetate rounds out the parts, with a couple of springs and two lengths of plasticard thrown in for good measure.

This is one excellent photo-etched detail set, and canít imagine there being much else that one could possibly do to the kit that isnít covered with this set. Perhaps add one of the multitude of tyres sets that are available for the model, but aside from that, everything is covered in this set.

I would say that, despite the fact that this set comes in at around £19.00 in the UK (on the White Ensign Models website), it is good value for money. This set exudes quality from the packaging, straight through to the acetate film and judging from the pictures of the built one it will vastly improve the overall appearance of the already impressive Dragon M2.
Voyager Models accessories are available in the USA from Mission Models.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Voyager Model for the samples

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