- Level 4
- 260 pieces
- 27.3 cm
- £26.99 (£22.23 with Amazon Prime)
This kit is extremely detailed for the price, with a full 260 pieces. However, not all of these parts will be used thanks to this tank’s customisability – this kit allows you to choose between building a German, Belgian, or Dutch tank.
The instructions are in colour, a refreshing change from Tamiya’s IKEA style instruction sheets. Additionally, Revell has provided detailed advice on painting all the parts. Unfortunately we were unable to follow this advice as we don’t own the colours they called for.
There were some small finicky parts, but they weren’t unmanageable.
As I’ve mentioned, the instructions are incredibly detailed. However, they suffer from poor layout that makes them cluttered and hard to read.
The part numbers and sprew letters aren’t in the same bubble, and the amount of lines makes it hard to read.
Some parts, notably those that created the lower hull, and the flares in steps 46-47, didn’t fit together as well as more expensive kits.
The cables, and tracks are made of rubber, and were very difficult to attach using Tamiya’s extra thin cement. I would recommend trying superglue instead.
The sprews are also disorganized, and parts aren’t in numerical order. I can appreciate that this was done to save space, but it makes it inconvenient to go hunting for some parts. Additionally, at least 2 parts are listed as being on incorrect sprews. For example, step 54 calls for J187 – however, piece 187 is on sprew C.
One of our pieces was damaged on the sprew, but fortunately it wasn’t visible on the final product.
Some parts were hard to remove from the sprew as the connections were thick.
Lastly, the gun barrel didn’t swivel to the back and thus didn’t fit the gunlock which diminishes the tank’s versatility.
For the price and level of detail, I would recommend this kit for people seeking more of a challenge. However, the instruction and sprew design is impractical and searching for correct parts quickly becomes monotonous.