Tamiya's all-new 1/48
Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
Tamiya's 1/48 scale Hetzer
finished using Hauler photo-etched parts
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||Kit No. MM32511 - Jagdpanzer 38(t)
Hetzer Mittlere Produktion
|Contents and Media:
||Tan coloured injection moulded
plastic; one die-cast, pre-primed part for main hull; four polythene
caps; markings for four vehicles.
available online from Squadron.com
||Great fit and easy build; crisp
detail; cast lower hull adds add strength to assembly; excellent link and length tracks
detail; no figures; some simplified detail (e.g. final drive housing,
Reviewed and Built by
Tamiya's 1/48 scale
Hetzer is available online from Squadron.com
Tamiya's brand new 1/48 scale mid-production
Hetzer features good detail, superb fit, link and length plastic tracks, and separate hatches to
permit the installation of crew figures.
In common with Tamiya's earlier 1/48 scale armour
releases, the lower hull is supplied as a single, solid metal casting. This
certainly lends weight to the overall model, but with the fixed
suspension and the link and length tracks, the model would look
exactly the same weight with or without the cast hull. The front and
rear of the metal hull are covered by plastic pieces - certainly of
benefit as this will enable consistent surface texturing.
Tracks are supplied as link and length in solid
plastic. The track sprue incorporates a clever assembly jig for the top
run, which ensures the correct curve is achieved for the drive sprocket.
When this section of track is glued in place, it acts as a guide for the
remaining track sections.
All tools are separately moulded in this release.
They are quite well detailed even in this small scale
Inevitably, in this scale, some of the parts will
appear slightly overscale or simplified, but they remain quite
acceptable in my opinion. If you want to lift the level of detail and
finesse, there are already several photo-etch detail sets available
(including the Hauler set that I used on mine).
There is almost nothing to say about construction
I was originally only going to use the
superstructure as a showcase for the Hauler photo-etched parts, but
after gluing a few kit parts together it was clear that construction
would take no time at all, especially with the very simple running gear
of only four road wheels and one return roller per side.
Fit of all parts was uniformly excellent. No
filler was required anywhere. The tracks were especially noteworthy.
They were an absolute pleasure to assemble, and lined up exactly to the
last link. The only area that I tweaked was to smooth the curve of the
tracks in one place on each side. I slightly bent the first link of the
bottom track run upwards on the port side, and the rear link of the
bottom run upwards on the starboard side.
I estimate that basic construction took around 5
Without wanting to sound repetitive, Tamiya's
1/48 scale Hetzer is a beautiful kit that is easy to build yet matches
the detail of many 1/35 scale models.
The whole series so far seems to be the
antithesis of the 1000+ super kits being released in 1/35 scale today.
You can build these 1/48 scale Tamiya armour kits in less than a day. It
will not take much more than that to paint them.
I can only hope that we see a few more crew
figure and diorama accessory releases in the coming months.
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