The quality of the etching is excellent and well up the current state of the art and as you would expect being 1:48 scale there are some quite small parts but these are still very well defined. The parts have the usual relief etching where applicable and engraved bend lines which is quite normal for current etched sets.
The largest parts in the set are the distinctive perforated 38t style fender storage box, the exhaust pipe heat shield, and the two part engine intake grill with sliding close off plate, the remote control MG shield and MG34 mounting bracket and of course full set of schurzen plates with separate mounting brackets with the remainder of the parts being smaller detail items.
The tool clips and brackets for the tools moulded separately in the kit are again provided that does require the moulded on tool clips to be cut off but the etched clips provide a far higher level of detail definition. As well as the tool clips there are the brackets for the spare track links, wooden jack block brackets, grad handles on the engine deck and also internal hatch latches if you wish to show these open.
A nicely detailed set that contains many very fine parts that will add considerable detail definition to the Tamiya kit and there is also the separate fender set #HLX48021 and the separate schurzen plates in set #HLX48020.
See additional images of the parts fitted to the Tamiya Hetzer kit.
Thanks to Jan from Hauler Shop for the review set.
Page created 16 April 2005