Reviewed by Rob Baumgartner
"Modelling the Jagdpanzer 38(t) “Hetzer” " is available online from Squadron.com
The Jagdpanzer series evolved as a result of the tank killing success of
the earlier Sturmgeschuetz. These vehicles were able to carry a much larger
gun than would normally be the case due to dispensing with a turret in which
to mount them. Their low profile and good frontal armour meant that they
were not easy to knock out.
Allied bombing took a heavy toll of Sturmgeschuetz production. In an effort
to keep numbers of these types at the front, plans were undertaken to design
a lighter version. This would allow production to occur at sites that didn’t
have the facilities to make the larger vehicles. The result was the mounting
of the 7.5 cm Pak 39 L/48 on the Pz.Kpfw.38(t).
This Osprey Modelling manual covers the so-called “Hetzer” and contains 80
pages in the usual soft cover format. The book is divided up into 8
chapters, which guides the prospective builder through the process of
creating an accurate vehicle using various DML kits as a basis.
After a brief description of the materials used, the author takes us to the
“meat” of the book.
Four projects are covered, each with various degrees of difficulty. The
subjects are based around the appropriate Dragon kit with the addition of an
assortment of after market sets to either enhance or create the necessary
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The first project falls into the intermediate skill category and shows
how to model a May 1944 BMM production “early” Hetzer. As with all the
projects, colour photos are presented at various stages of the assembly
process and this gives the reader a clear view of what is involved during
construction. Being of intermediate skill level, the chapter is confined to
the external details of the Hetzer.
All of the expected areas are covered including the hull, tracks, gun,
mantlet, running gear, road wheels and suspension. Regarding the later, the
reader is made aware of the typical “nose down” appearance of the vehicle
due to the weight of the gun. Thoughtfully he explains how to scratch-build
the new leaf springs to replicate this.
The use of etched brass is shown to advantage and is illustrated before the
application of any paint. This allows all the enhanced areas to be clearly
The step-by-step illustrations continue with the author’s method of painting
and weathering the finished assembly.
A May 1945 Skoda production “late” Hetzer is next on the list and due to the
inclusion of a fully detailed interior, it comes under the advanced modeller
category. The author gets the chance to really showcase his skills here by
creating a very nice interior, assisted with a selection of after market
products. Again, plenty of colour images guide the prospective modeller
through the whole process.
The third item is more for the master modeller as it involves a lot of
scratch building to create a 15cm sIG 33/2 (SF) auf Jagdpanzer 38(t). To
achieve his result, the writer uses the New Connection conversion set as a
basis, and the liberal use of plastic card.
As usual there are plenty of tips, including the builder’s technique for
creating weld seams and the logical thought processes needed for the
The final project is a Bergepanzer 38(t) and another New Connection Models
conversion set is utilised. This chapter also shows a simple way to complete
a vignette for displaying your model. Here the author replicated the BMM
factory façade from a photo so as too give his model an authentic setting.
Everything is described in an easy to understand manner and the simple
procedure produces excellent results.
The final chapters discuss where one can find additional information on the
Hetzer as well as the locations of surviving examples, including the post
There is also a list of available kits and accessories.
The book finishes with examples of the colours and schemes used on these
vehicles as well as a brief explanation on each.
The advantages of a book like this is that the modeller can use it as a
“one-stop” source to build their subject without the need to worry about
accumulating a more expensive collection of references.
There are a variety of projects on offer and each caters to a different
A multitude of helpful hints and techniques are displayed and modellers
of all levels should be able to gain something from this publication.
Thanks to Osprey
Publishing for the review copy
Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
(Osprey Modelling 10)
Author: Gary Edmundson
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: July 25, 2004
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841767050
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