Zvezda's 1/35 scale Panzer III Ausf. F is available
online from Squadron.com
Some of Dragon's earliest releases in 1/35 scale
were Panzer III variants. These were great kits when they were
released and they still stand the test of time today in terms of
accuracy and general detail.
Zvezda has re-packaged several ex-Dragon kits in
recent years. This time they have added a few new parts plus decals
for three vehicles and transformed their kit into a Panzer III Ausf
This variant has not been available straight from
the box until now.
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The kit sprues are effectively identical to the
earlier Dragon Panzer III kits. This means that the detail is good,
and that you will find plenty of spare parts when the model is
finished! The plastic does seem a little harder than the soft
material we are used to seeing in Dragon kits, but the moulds are
starting to betray their age with some ragged flash and a few
sinkmarks here and there.
The main difference between this kit and its Dragon
counterparts is the inclusion of full-length flexible vinyl tracks.
I was a little alarmed at first glance, as they looked like Italeri-style
tracks with their silver finish, but closer examination showed that
these tracks are somewhat thinner and more finely detailed. For
those modellers who do not like individual track links, your prayers
have been answered!
For those who prefer individual links, there are
plenty of after-market options currently available.
Zvezda's 1/35 scale Panzer III Ausf. F is a welcome
release of an important early-war Panzer.
Squadron.com for the review sample.
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Created 26 January, 2003
27 January, 2004
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