scale Nashorn is available online from Squadron.com
This is the other shoe to follow the retooled version of the original DML
Nashorn/Hummel chassis kit, and it is the later production version of the
Nashorn which originally came out in 1993 as Kit No. 6004.
As with the Hornisse (DML No. 6165) DML has completely retooled the original
kit, replacing much of it with new or vastly corrected parts and details. They
also have produced enough kits to "mix-and-match" sprues to provide later, more
accurate parts. The two single-link track sprues are for the Pzkw. III/Pzkw. IV
kits released over the years, and the main running gear comes from the
Jagdpanzer IV kit. Two sprues of correct Gw. III/IV hull drive wheels and idlers
complete the running gear.
The lower hull is still one piece, but whereas before the upper hull was a
single molding this kit comes with FIVE parts – fenders, glacis, center mount
for the gun, and rear lower hull floor. Other details are similarly changed from
the original kit, and the parts are also finer in detail and size. Even the
external U-shaped tie-downs are included in nearly scale thickness styrene. But
as this is not a "10th Anniversary Special Kit" it lacks the brass 8.8 cm round
of the Hornisse.
The Nashorn has a new "L" and "M" sprue which did not come with the Hornisse.
The "L" sprue provides the late-model lower hull rear plate with the "C" loops
for the spare road wheels. The "M" sprue comes with 29 new parts, most of which
cover the "quick-release" barrel lock (including the mount fixed to the new
forward barrel/muzzle brake sections) and other detail differences from the
Hornisse. It also includes new sights for the gun.
There remain some dicey bits to assembly, most notably the tracks and the
fenders. The tracks are a very tight fit under the front fenders, and this is
one of those models where you will have to assemble the lower hull completely
prior to working on the upper hull. It is not very easy to get the tracks
installed once the fenders are in place, as they fit closely and do not leave
any room to slide the upper track run into place. Even the use of a set of
Fruilmodel tracks will be a gamble due to the close fit. .
Markings are included for two vehicles, one from sch. Heerespanzerjaeger
Abteilung 525 in Italy in March 1944 and one from Abteilung 519 in Russia,
winter 1943-44. The former is in the multicolor camouflage schemes popular with
modelers, whereas the other is apparently a gray vehicle with whitewash applied
to it. The full color instruction sheet shows them to good advantage.
Overall, this is a good compliment to the Hornisse and should be popular with
German fans. It is quite an improvement over that first Nashorn kit. (For the
naysayers and nitpickers, please note that 10 years on and after retooling its
Panzer IV kits another large Oriental company has not produced one yet, and DML
has done THREE.)
Thanks once again to Freddie Leung for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2003 by Cookie
Page Created 23 February, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003
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