The flexible tracks are the only limiting factor for the suspension, but it
is my guess that we won't be waiting for long before a selection of workable
individual track links will be available from a number of sources. If you are
using the flexible tracks, the top run can be tacked to the roadwheels in order
to simulate "droop".
The model is quite accurate compared to plans in the Kagero book, Panzer IIc
and Luchs. The timing for this recent book is perfect, and it will be an ideal
reference for Tasca's kit.
Some of the hull parts were warped, but they are easily bent back into shape.
The track also has some holes that need to be filled. I used superglue for this
A nice touch in the instructions is that they show the location of headlight
wiring. I added mine using lead wire, but stretched sprue would be equally
The spare track sections are beautifully detailed, and can be displayed in a
rack on the front of the vehicle.
Two different styles of hatches are supplied for the turret
Installation of the jack mounting brackets is a little fiddly, but the result
is very nice.
The rear deck screens included on the photo-etched fret is also very
impressive, as are the jerry can racks. The gun barrels are hollowed out at the
ends - more thoughtful details from Tasca,
This model has taken me around 9 hours in total to build to this stage, and
is very nicely detailed without the assistance of expensive after-market
Things are certainly looking up for fans of small Panzers with the recent
release of Tristar's Panzer Ia and now Tasca's terrific Luchs. This model is
labelled "Late Version", so we will presumably soon see the early version with
the spaced armour on the lower front hull and the "toast rack" idler section
Purchased from Hobbylink Japan courtesy of the reviewer's
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