M1A2, Jagdpanther, Centurion & Sfh-18 Detail Sets
Voyager Model, 1/35 scale
Voyager Models has added a few more updates to their range. I have grouped 4 of their latest photo etch and turned brass accessory sets for this review.
PE35229: Jagdpanther G1 Early Version (for the Dragon kit 6458)
This set updates the early mark of the Jadpanther released by Dragon. This set covers 7 photo etch frets, one length of wire and 2 plastic strips together with 4 turned brass pieces for the tow shackle supports. The instructions cover 50 construction sequences and cover most of the external fittings. The main parts covered are the front mud guards, side plate supports, rear bins (with inner and outer “X” pressings), rear engine screens (that are both fine and exhibit a good 3d effect). Also included are the tool racks, rear mounted fighting compartment bin, barrel cleaning tube update, tool clasps and the exhaust brackets. There are some definite advantages over the kit parts if you choose to use this set. The bend marks are clearly defined and most of the etch set is usable which is kind of rare. I can easily recommend this set as it ticks all the right boxes and is a worth while update.
PE35213: M1A2 Abrams reactive armour module
I have mixed feelings with this set. The box top clearly labels this as the Reactive Armour Module only but I was kind of expecting to see the whole “TUSK” upgrade which would include the remote weapons station (Voyager set PEA093 would work here) The Loaders armored gun shield and the rear slat armour. I really can’t recommend this set as he reactive Armour is kind of useless by itself.
This set is an update for the AFV Club Kit and covers 10 photo etch frets together with 8 resin pieces, 4 lengths of wire, 12 turned brass parts and 1 length of soft copper tow rope. The instructions cover 64 construction sequences and cover most of the external fittings. One of the really good things about the Voyager upgrades is the use of a variety of brass gauges. Thick brass sheet is used were necessary and thin sheet were appropriate. The main parts covered are the side plates, rear exhaust brackets and covers, tow mount, tow rope and their fittings, and the front and rear mud guards. Also included are the tool mounts, jerry can mounts, cable drum mount, leather strap mounts, visor mounts, and the turret grab handles and their mounts. The side mounted Grenade launcher assemblies are included (which include turned brass launch tubes) and the commanders 50cal weapon upgrade together with a cupola upgrade. The last part of this set is a resin upgrade for the canvas mantlet cover. While the cover itself is well cast it doesn’t fit very well and care will be needed when fitting this as the edges are a little uneven. The only remedy here is to “blend” the edges with a two part epoxy. This set is a comprehensive upgrade and is very well done. The only let down is the mantlet cover but other that it is a worthwhile upgrade for the already excellent Afv Club Kit.
PE35207: Sfh-18 105mm Howitzer
This set is an update for the Dragon Kit( 6392) . This set covers 6 photo etch frets together with 4 resin pieces, 1 length of wire ,4 turned brass parts and 1 length of Chain. The two well laid out instructions sheets cover 61 construction sequences and cover most of the detail on the gun trailing arms and limber. The main parts covered are most of the external fittings for the trailing arms, with all the various boxes and grab handles included. The limber details are the entire lower chassis frame assembly, central mounted storage box together with carriage break linkages. The outstanding feature here is the two large perforated plates that are stowed on the limber when traveling or attached to the trailing arm when firing, these are really well done and will add certain finesse to the gun when complete. The main gun upgrade includes all the smaller details that are almost impossible to reproduce in plastic like the firing chart as well as the main site linkages. Basically,the only thing missing is the main barrel gun replacement. The brass it self is first class and the bend marks clearly defined. I must say this set has a number of advantages over the Dragon kit parts. The quality of the brass and its overall presentation is first class and I have no hesitation in recommending this set to anyone who wants to update the already excellent Dragon Kit
Thanks to Voyager Model for the samples
Text by Luke Pitt