The metal barrel is the correct length which is about 2mm shorter than the oversized Tamiya kit barrel and the resin mantlet is provided so you don't have to modify the kit mantlet to take the new barrel. The resin mantlet is cleanly cast with only very light sanding needed around the edges to smooth out and fits into the Tamiya mantlet support (part B12) the same as the kit mantlet without any problems. The fit of the metal barrel into the resin mantlet is as you expect spot on for a simple update.
The Tamiya kit barrel has the separate end cap that results in a prominent join seam and the cap is actually a little wider than the barrel while the metal barrel has the muzzle cap the same diameter as the barrel with the small seam line where the end cap joins the barrel which is as it should be.
A simple but effective update for the Tamiya kit that that corrects the oversized kit barrel and it should also be noted that the previously released Finemolds Hetzer replacement barrel is also oversized as it simply replicates the Tamiya barrel.
Thanks to Winston from Wings n Treads for
the LionMarc Model Designs barrel set and
also for providing the Tamiya Hetzer kit used in this review.
Wings n Treads carry the full range of Tamiya 1:48 kits and LionMarc Model Designs update sets as well as other kits and accessories.
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