Opening the box I see the instructions, 3-4
sets of sprue, the tracks and decals.
Let's start with the instructions....
As with the M10 Ersatz, they are
very simplified, but unlike the Ersatz this was not a bad reflection
on the kit.
(I'll explain as I reach these points.)
First, let's look at the turret. For those of you that have a keen
memory, you will recognize that this comes directly from their King
Tiger (P) - Kit 7231. No Changes.
So it suffers from the same defects as when it first came out:
1. The "molded on" MG Ring on the cupola.....
2. and the huge spikes that hold the spare tracks. These of course
should be removed for doing this tank variant, mostly because the
spare tracks don't match the running gear.
The suspension is also well known to us. This was taken directly from
the Elefant kits (and its variants).
This is Sprue "E" from those kits.
The tracks are supposed to be DS (Dragon Styrene), but since they
were first used for the Elefant and variants, there seems to be something
that looks like a dirty mixing of the black rubber and the DS material.
The outside details are kinda soft,
and the inside is where the channel for the material injection is
attached, so during the mold separation some of the guide teeth are
They even did a curious thing here.
Here are the outer and inner sides for viewing.
I would have preferred the "hard" tracks that Dragon offers with the
Now let's look at the hull. This being "new"
molding, the details are very crisp, and finely detailed. I was actually
quite pleased with this (with a few exceptions, which you will see
as I get to them).
The details of the engine grills are very nice, although incorrect.
I guess this is just their (Dragon's) interpretation.
Now, I was disappointed in the molded on cables and tools. This is
because the model was first produced as a "prebuilt/diecast". I wouldn't
have been so disappointed if they were a little thicker.
Now at first I was confused by these two "huge" holes in the right
Then I realised it was for the only tool not molded on: the shovel.
Now here is my biggest disappointment when it comes to molded on details:
But back to the positive...
The armor lap joints are well defined, and with a little extra effort,
they can be rendered quite nicely. However, they neglected to carry
this through to the lower hull.
Now one thing that I don't understand is why they don't inspect the
molds every now and then. Then they could catch problems like this.
It seems that one half of the mold is so worn out that the plastic
comes out like a big "blob" surrounding the part.
This is supposed to be the hull mounted MG.
I will look through my stash of kits to see if I still have an MG
(nice and clean) on a sprue, and edit this review with a pic of how
the part should look.
All in all, I am not too disappointed in this kit, but it should not
be under the "Armor Pro" Banner.
The saving grace of the kit is that it uses "good" parts from other
kits, to make this one, but even these parts can use a little attention.
When I build mine, I'll use the "Hard Track".