Hetzer/PzKpfw38(t) Sprockets and Idlers
Attack Models set RE 72353, Set 3, Driving & Idler Wheels Hetzer,
OKB Grigorov Set S72311, Sprockets for Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) and early Hetzer
OKB Grigorov Set S72312, Sprockets for Hetzer
by Stephen Brezinski
Edited by Rob Haelterman
These aftermarket cast resin parts can improve on the smallscale plastic Panzerjäger 38 and/or Panzer 38(t) tank, Grille self-propelled artillery, and the Marder III kits such as the old ESCI kits, and the Attack Models and UM model kits. These parts are listed as 1/72 scale, and though I have not measured them, they reasonably match the size of the kit parts.
Attack Models set RE 72353, is Set #3 of six sets of replacement driving and idler wheels for the Hetzer offered by Attack Models. The set consists of two pair of sprocket wheels and two pairs of 8-hole idler wheels, enough for one vehicle, in a small ziplock bag. The wheels are cast in pairs ready to mount on the model rather than as inner and outer wheel parts. Detail looks good, better than that on ESCI kits and the plastic Attack kits. The Attack resin sprockets appear to be missing the teeth where the track would wrap around. For comparison we have a sprue of wheels from a 1/72 UM Hetzer kit.
What is different about these Attack Models sprocket wheels is that they appear to have spokes rather than round holes like many Hetzer wheels. This set RE 72353 appears to be the same style as the OKB sprockets set S72312 at left in the photo. The two pairs of idler wheels included in Attack’s set S72312 are the type with eight large holes.
These sprockets are designated for the Jagdpanzer 38(t) and are the type common on the Swiss G-13 variant, rather than the Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) which had narrower track. I have witnessed mixed idler and sprocket types on the same vehicle.
Model sets purchased by reviewer.