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Panzer I Ausf. A Interior


Built and Reviewed by Steve Palffy


images by Brett Green


S u m m a r y

Stock Number and Description Tristar TSR001 - Panzer IA Detail Interior Set
(Photo-etched brass parts are from Lion Roar detail set)
Media and Contents: Around 60 parts; all resin drivers compartment, turret interior, weapons and complete engine.
Scale: 1/35
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Makes and already great model fabulous; excellent detail; very high standard of casting
Disadvantages: Some minor warpage on deck part (easily corrected)
Recommendation: Highly Recommended


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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 parts.

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.

Highly Recommended.

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 by Modelmania.
Check their website for Retailers or Trade enquiries.

Model by Steven Palffy
Review Text and Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 04 June, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003

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