WWII German Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf. F1
Kit # E72-007
|Preview by Rob Haelterman - heman_148(at)hotmail(dot)com|
When I opened the envelope containing this set (and its sister set) I was awestruck at the quantity and crispness of the details that are present on the three photo-etch sprues (two of which are shared with E72-014). "One step beyond" went through my mind and perhaps the name of the ska band that made that phrase world-famous might be quite appropriate here as well.
This set is meant for Dragon's Panzer IV Ausf. F1 (kit 7321). A very fine kit in its own right which comes with its own minute amount of PE.
So what do we get ?
- Complete fenders, with frame and
cover plate. The front and rear flaps are separate and can be made
workable, as can the cowling shutters. The Dragon fenders are very
nice already and even come with detail on the bottom side, so the
main advantage with these PE parts lie in their slightly finer detail,
workable parts and the ease with which you can simulate battle damage.
The Dragon shutters are a single piece, while in this set they are
individual parts. I am admittedly intimidated by this set, to a
point where I am actually afraid to get my clumsy hands on it, so
I guess I will deliberately go for a fair amount of battle damage,
which this set will easily allow me to do. Whether I will be able
to get the hinges folded is another matter.
The set comes with a very extensive and clear A4 instruction sheet.
I have the impression that some parts are not mentioned on the manual. There are parts for what looks like an MG34 (which would again be a 2D replica of a round-barreled gun), an ammo belt, two sizes of C-hooks, etc.
In all, a mixed bag: this set represents the cutting edge in PE detail, but it would take a really talented modeler to put all the parts to good use; other parts are within reach of mediocre modelers like myself while some would be too flat to be a good representation. Whom the cap fits,...
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Article Last Updated: 05 June 2010