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by Olav Hauke
Edited by Marc Mercier
I was inspired to build this kind of E100 by an article of a 1/35 E-100 in the Steelmaster No.64 (German-release). Because of this, similarities in the design and painting are not coincidental.
Some adjustments/corrections were made to the hull to improve the overall appearance. The covers for the track-tension-adjuster at the rear plate were removed and turned 180°. The fan gratings included the kit were replaced by better ones from the Revell Tiger II. The poor original fan meshes were also replaced. The outstanding fan meshes you can see at the pictures came from Voyager (I absolutely like them).
The pivot points of the drivers and radio-operators hatches are placed wrong. It would not be possible to open both hatches at the same time without a collision. I decided to replace them by Revell-parts also. During the assembly I realized, that the combat area fan could not be placed in the same position as on the Tiger II, because it would block the turret's movements. Therefore I changed the position of this fan to the one that's seen on the Jagdtiger, this appeared plausible to me.
of the rear plate was enlarged according to original photos. At the
sides the “details” were grinded away. Afterwards the
fixtures for the side skirts were scratch build in the right positions
(according to Panzer-Tracts). To save time I did this only for three
skirts that should be missing on the finished model.
the largest failure (if there's such a thing on a PAPER tank) in this
kit are the side skirts. These had to be modified in length, so that
the distances between the screws and the gaps are the same for all
skirts. To achieve this, it was necessary to cut the skirts in suitable
pieces and correct the length with some plastic card. Afterwards they
were glued together again. The rear skirts were modified and some
inner details were added to all skirts in the visible areas.
suspension was built almost 'out of the box'. Only the idler wheel
was fitted closer to the front and more downwards. That was necessary,
because of the extended rear armour-plate and this looks more like
the Panzer-Tracts-drawings. Therefore the DS-tracks were shortened
at an invisible position.
The turret is scratch build according to the Maus-II-drawings from Panzer-Tracts. The ball race, the hatch-area and the fan-area were cut from the original turret of the E-100 kit and integrated into the Maus-II-turret. The cover of the target optics was also used at the new turret.
mantle is made of brass tubes, many different plastic sheets and putty,
while the gun barrels are aluminium parts from RB-model (12,8cm Pak44
L/55 and 7,5cm KwK37 L/24).
Preview sample purchased by the author.