all-round vision commander’s cupola which facilitated greater
situational awareness, along with the 3-person turret was a significant
reason for the success of the German Panzers over allied tanks with
thicker armor, bigger guns and greater numbers. I understand the turrets
for both the Panzer III and the Panzer IV were designed and built
by Krupp which I believe explains why the turrets look so similar
and use the same cupola.
aftermarket commander cupola set replaces 1/72-scale cupolas on
early-war Pz III and Pz IV tanks and differs from the kits we usually
see with the injection molded in having the five vision ports open.
The cupolas also have respectable detail inside the cupola (if you
are going to show the inside you better have something to see).
A frustration I have with so many plastic Panzer models is that
the hatches are often molded shut and the vision ports are molded
closed. Making a realistic vehicle in service we must have one,
or both, hatch and visor open or the crew is near blind.
is a more significantly armored cupola than that used on the earlier
Pz III and Pz IV. Like the earlier hatch in the OKB Grigorov cupola
set S72394, this cupola has the split round hatch. I believe the
split hatch is why this is called the “type 1” by OKB
Grigorov. I expect to see some form of latch on the underside of
the hatch but do not see any. A later type has a 1-piece round hatch
that opens on a hinge. The last (Type-3) has a round hatch that
lifts and pivots to the side.
are four sets of three cupola parts for a total of 12 cast resin
parts, enough cupolas for four Panzers. Casting quality and detail
appear very good. Not only is there good detail on the cupola exterior
but the cupola interior has details of the vision blocks and forehead
pads. I noted no bubbles or distorted pieces. There is some thin
flash to clean off.
IV plastic model kits this set would be appropriate for include
the Hasegawa Pz IV Ausf. F and Ausf. G kits, ESCI/Italeri Pz IV
Ausf. G kit, the Hasegawa Pz IV Ausf.F1 and Pz IV Ausf.F2 kits,
Mirage Pz IV Ausf.E kit 72855, and Dragon Pz IV Ausf. D, Ausf. F
and Pz IV Ausf. G kits, the Plastic Soldier Company Pz IV kits,
III model kits this cupola would be suitable for include the Mirage
Pz III Ausf. G kit 72652, UM Pz III kit numbers 270, 271, 272 and
275, the Attack Models SU76i Kommandir kit 72891, Armourfast Pz
III Ausf.G kit 99002, Italeri Pz III Ausf.J kit 7507, Revell Pz
III Ausf.M kit 3119, Revell Pz III Ausf.L kit 3133, S-Model Pz III
Ausf.G kit, Dragon Pz III Ausf.J, ESCI/Italeri Pz III Ausf.M and
Flammpanzer III kits, Plastic Soldier Company Pz III kits, and others.
assessment is that this would be a great addition to help turn a
decent gaming model into a good display model and historical miniature.
I am impressed with detail and molding quality of OKB Grigorov products.
This accessory was purchased by the modeler.
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