Tristar 1/35 Panzer 38(t) Full Interior Set Kit First Look
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||April 2011||Manufacturer||Tristar|
|Subject||Panzer 38(t) Full Interior Set||Scale||1/35|
|Kit Number||35032||Primary Media||Styrene/Photo-Etch|
|Pros||Great after-market set for 38(t)'s||Cons||Some PE parts are microscopic and will prove impossible to use|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$28.00|
This kit comes in a shrink-wrapped tray and lid type box. The box art shows the interior of a Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) as a ghost-like line drawing. Next to this is the color box arts of 3 different 38(t) variant kits that Tristar markets:
Inside the box are 3 light tan trees of parts in 2 sealed cello bags. There is a large brass PE fret in another sealed cello. The instructions complete the kit’s contents.
The instructions are a single sheet that is folded in the center to create 4 pages in 6 ¾” x 10 ¾” page format.
Page 1 begins with a repeat of the box art. This is followed by all Chinese text that I think is perhaps some kind of history? Below that is PLEASE READ BEFORE ASSEMBLY instructions in English and Chinese, followed by repeats of the 3 addresses already on the box side panels (already mentioned above).
The top of page 2 has the parts tree illustrations. This is followed by international assembly symbol explanations and the first assembly step.
Pages 3 and 4 give the balance of a total of 7 assembly steps. At the bottom of page 4 three colors are suggested: chrome silver, gun metal and dark brown. These are called out in Tamiya and Mr. Color brands of paints. What is noticeably missing in this list is WHITE, the main color inside German tanks usually.
Tree letter H holds the transmission, crew seats and other compartment details (80 parts)
Trees letter I and J are co-joined together. Letter I tree holds ammo storage units etc. (17 parts). Letter J tree holds engine parts, battery, radiator etc. (37 parts)
The large brass PE fret completes the kit’s contents. It is in a sealed cello with a stiff sheet of white cardboard to protect it from bending. (77 parts) The majority of these parts are a good size, but a few are microscopic and probably will prove to be impossible to assemble. Tristar should have just gone ahead and molded this detail into the plastic parts.
There are no crew figures or decals in this kit.
I bought this kit at a store that had drastically reduced the prices of all their Tristar AFV kits. I bought 2 different kits for 50% or more. Nice to get a bargain once in a while.
This set will augment any of the 38(t) variants that Tristar markets as well as the subject by other brands in 1/35th scale. I don’t recommend this kit to novice AFV modelers as it is quite complex. Modelers with experience with PE and extensive assembly should have few problems though.