Stug. IIIG & King Tiger Photo-Etched Details
Voyager Model, 1/35 scale
Voyager has recently released two photo-etched detail sets for 1/48 scale Tamiya armour kits.
The first is VPE 48029 for Tamiya's early version Sturmgeschutz Ausf.G.
The focus of this set is the improvised style side skirts for the lower hull and superstructure. Each of the main armour plates is hung individually by a mounting rod, and these rods are held in place with scale split pins!
Additional details include spare track holder for the rear superstructure, deflector guard for the exhausts, replacement (and in-scale) machine gun shield, smoke discharger mounts, grilles for the rear hull vents and many smaller details.
All of these parts are supplied on three photo-etched sheets plus the delicately rendered machine gun ring mount on its own tiny fret. A narrow plastic rod is also provided for modellers feeling brave enough to create the working split pin mount for the side skirts.
Next up is VPE 48027, a detail set for Tamiya's 1/48 scale Porsche King Tiger. The highlight of this release is the track guards. These are supplied separately for each section in very thin photo-etched metal.
Additional details include exhaust heat shields, rear mudguards, a replacement machine gun mount, mesh engine deck grilles and many other tiny parts.
Please note that, although photo-etched zimmerit is depicted on the front cover, this is not included in the set.
You will need patience and experience working with photo-etched parts for both of these sets, but with care and time, you will have a stunning replica on the table.
Recommended to experienced modellers.
Thanks to Voyager Model for the samples
Text by Brett Green