Soviet SU-100 Tank Destroyer
|Kit # 7208 (SU-100) & 7211 (SU-85M)||Review by Rob Haelterman - heman_148(at)hotmail(dot)com|
Pictures from the Henk of Holland website used with permission
At the start of 2011, Dragon's catalogue counts two T-34-based tank destroyers: the SU-85M and the SU-100. (The long announced SU-85 is still just that: announced.)
Not surprisingly both kits are quite
similar and fit into a single preview.
Sprue A: This sprue is marked "SU-100"
and is identical in both kits, except that the two parts for the SU-100
gun mantlet are omitted in the SU-85M. This is sort of odd, given
the huge number of parts that are not for use and that are not omitted
(see manual here).
On this sprue alone, for instance, you do get the 100mm gun in the
Sprue a: This sprue, which is identical for both kits, is marked "T-34/85" and it shows, as you get a complete upper hull for the T-34 which will go straight into the spare's box. Given that Dragon blanked off two minor parts on the previous sprue, this strikes me as odd. More than half of the parts of this sprue will become additions to that same spare's box, by the way.
Sprue B: Gun shield, gun and hull part specific for the SU-85M and included in that kit only.
Parts J: Roadwheels. Identical at first sight, but actually slightly different with respect to the thread pattern on the rubber of the roadwheels.
Part L: Lower hull. Identical in both kits.
Parts Y: Two twisted metallic tow cables (9cm). Identical in both kits.
Sprue MA: Brass PE. Marked differently in both kits, but I have been unable to tell the difference.
Parts L: DS tracks. Identical in both kits.
The decals provide the following marking options, mostly of the ubiquitous "Unidentified Unit":
Scans of the manual of both kits can be found on the Dragon page of the Henk of Holland website.
Note that Simon Barnes has also previewed the SU-100 kit earlier.
Robert Kru adds these comments about the SU-100 kit, but mostly applicable to the SU-85M kit too:
"The lower hull has a rounded shape around
the final drive, while the upper hull is straight.