Tristar's 1/35 scale Panzer I Ausf. A is a beautifully detailed kit straight
from the box (see
Brett Green's Construction Feature), but this new Hong Kong company has also
released an amazing interior detail set for their premiere tank release.
Tristar's 1/35 scale Panzer Ia Interior Set is presented exclusively in
resin. More than 60 parts are packed into the stout box. All the parts in my
sample were perfectly cast, although the rear deck had warped slightly.
Every aspect of the vehicle interior is covered, including the drivers
compartment and transmission, detailed floor and sidewalls for the main fighting
compartment, machine guns, sight and other turret details, a full engine
compartment and replacement decks with open hatches for the forward upper hull
and engine deck.
Detail is breathtaking. I will let the photos of the model tell the whole
story of just how good this set is.
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The resin parts in the interior set do not unnecessarily duplicate plastic
kit parts. The only parts that appear in resin and plastic are the rear engine
deck and front upper plate, both of which are enhanced with open hatch positions
and interior detail.
Construction was fairly straightforward. After removal from their casting
blocks, all the parts fitted well without further modification.
I also used the Lion Roar photo-etched set. This supplies extensive exterior
detailing which compliments the Tristar resin interior very nicely.
The Lion Roar photo etched set included two of the small attachment points
for the front fenders, but four are required. I therefore used the kit plastic
In all, I used around 60-70% of the photo-etched sheet and virtually all of
the resin parts. The only resin part not used was the covering vent for the rear
radiator, as my resin version was damaged. The kit part was nice anyway, so I
cut it out of the styrene engine deck.
Tristar's 1/35 scale resin interior for their Panzer Ia is a spectacular and
comprehensive detail set. Much of this detail will still be visible on the
finished tanks as every hatch, including fuel fillers, may be depicted open.
The Lion Roar etched set added some nice touches to the exterior too.
Thanks to C.K. Pat from Tristar Model (International) for the
Panzer Ia interior review sample
Tristar products are distributed in Australia and New Zealand
Check their website for Retailers or Trade enquiries.
Model by Steven Palffy
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Page Created 04 June, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003
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