What the heck is an E-50? Before
last week, I had no idea. Ken Overby says that this model
was inspired by the 1/35th Cromwell model in Tony
Greenland's Panzer Modeling Master Class book.
I've not seen that book, and since this is a fictitous
vehicle, there really is no way to evaluate it based on
historical accuracy. I found one small profile drawing on
the net, and it appears that this model matches it very
well, as far as shape, wheel spacing, etc. Although, in
that drawing, it appears that the rear idler wheel is
also sprocketed. The tank is basically a very late model
Tiger II hull topped by a Panther II turret (schmalturm
w/8.8cm gun). Like the other CPL Overby's kits I have
seen, this one is expertly mastered and cast, with the
only air bubbles I've found in the tips of the extended
wheel hubs, which will be quite easy to fill. The turret
has been revised since my earlier Panther F and Panther
II reviews, and now is the correct height. All future
kits with this turret will include the revised piece.
Thank you very much to CPL Ken Overby for providing the review kit.