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Hetzer & 75mm Stu.Kan.Auf Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Photo-Etched Details

Voyager Model, 1/35 scale



Catalogue Number and Description: Voyager Model item no. VPE35176 - Hetzer
Voyager Model item no. VPE35185 - Stu.Kan.Auf Pz.Kpfw.38(t)
Contents and Media: Photo-etched frets and multi-media accessories
Scale: 1/35
Price: Available from specialist hobby retailers worldwide including Mission Models
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Amazing detail; noticeable improvement on scale appearance of some kit parts; poseable and even workable details.
Recommendation: Recommended to experienced modellers

Voyager Model Accessories are available online from Mission Models


Voyager has recently released two additional photo-etched detail sets for 1/35 scale German armour kits.

The first is VPE35176 for Tamiya's new mid-production Hetzer.

The largest parts in this set are the skirt armour sections. Each of the main armour plates is scale thickness, and hung individually by two photo-etched folded mounts.


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Additional details include replacement front and rear fenders, engine grill, replacement (and in-scale) machine gun shield, tool mounts and toolbox (the non-perforated variety), hinge and latches for the crew hatches, and many smaller details.

All of these parts are supplied on three photo-etched sheets plus the separate nuts and bolts on their own tiny frets. Brass rod and wire are also provided.

The set is rounded out with four tow cable ends on resin, plus a length of twisted copper wire for the cables themsleves. Very nice.

Next up is VPE35185 for Dragon's recent 1/35 scale Stu.Kan.Auf Pz.Kpfw.38(t). This is a comprehensive set that completely replaces the armoured superstructure with photo-etched metal parts. Ammunition bins and track guards also get the photo-etched treatment. This should lend a much more authentic scale appearance to all of these prominent parts

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Additional details include exhaust grilles, rear mudguards, radio rack, tool mounts and many other tiny parts.

A resin tow shackle and cable ends are also supplied, plus a length of copper wire for the tow cable itself. There are also the most incredible tiny bras (not photo-etched) scale-sized bolts supplied in a separate bag.

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
Images Copyright 2007 by Voyager Models
Page Created 18 November, 2007
Page Last Updated 17 November, 2007