Panzershop reference PS35C111HT
This is an in-box review.
|The VT72B is the current ARRV in service with the Czech and Slovak armies. It has also been in service with the GDR army. It is based on the T72 chassis and slightly differs from the Russian BREM.|
This kit is a multimedia kit as Panzershop names it. It comprizes 377 resin parts, 290 photoetched parts, 2 clear orange flashlights, some plastic tubing, a piece of nylon thread, a small decal sheet , the Friul tracks and sprocket set and one antenna base from Modelpoint. Some A4 sheet come with pics of the parts and number to identify them. A CD-ROM is provided as the instructions and reference guide.
The parts are packaged in re-sealable plastic bags and the whole kit being wrapped in plastic bubble foils to perform a good protection. In fact, only one large part was broken when I opened the box. Some parts were separated from the sprue.
The carving and the molding are
of the usual standard with this manufacturer that is very
good. Few flash is present and nearly no air bubble
except really tiny ones.
As usual with resin kits, a time-consuming preparation is required to separate the parts from the molding sprue or what remains of it. Except for some parts, the contact points are well located. And generally, thanks to the molding process , the contact area is quite thin and my first tries confirm this impression.
The kit comes with a
comprehensive interior of which few will remain visible
when both hull halves are glued. However, the less
courageous can build it hatch down to spare some extra
The dark side, if I may say so,
is the instructions. They come on the CD-ROM as a
collection of 72 pics gathered in the 6 instruction steps
and 37 of the complete model before and after painting.
Unlike plastic kits instructions and perhaps due to the
number of parts, Panzershop did not organize the stages
in a step by step method. So you need to print the whole
pics to find out what to do.
This being written, the CD-ROM proves to be a gold mine with numerous reference color pics of the real vehicle in display and in the field too.
As a conclusion, I would highly
recommend this kit but only to experienced modelers
familiar with resin and PE. By the way such a warning is
clearly stated both on the box and in the manufacturer