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1/35 Hunting Hetzer
DrChopp
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Victoria, Australia
Joined: August 16, 2016
KitMaker: 94 posts
Armorama: 86 posts
Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 09:12 AM UTC

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Nice! Was it this kit, or the earlier release?



It was the Testors/Italeri kit released in about 1980.

vr

Tim



Oh nice, Revell still sell that kit!

I've had a decent weekend of work, and am nearly ready for paint!









I'm pretty pleased with the dented effect on the muffler, just done with a round file.

The shurzen are just barely hanging on from some small rods drilled into the side, but when glued into place should sit flush against the hull.

The wheels have been super-glued into place so can be easily snapped off for paint, but will hold strong enough to get the tracks done. I've kept the hull in 2 separate parts to make the track assembly easier:



I've added a small power conduit to the notek light and assembled it to look like it has been knocked slightly to the left as can be seen in many pictures:



The jackblock supplied with the kit seems to have the metal straps indented, with the wood swollen up over them. I have seen this in some pictures caused perhaps by moisture getting into the block but it looks very wrong to me. I used the PE upgrades and some balsa to make a new one:





I've left a few of the small details off for painting:



I've also put the tool box together, opting for the PE option and I wanted it to be partially open and Tamiya doesn't give that option:





Thanks for looking, hopefully with have some paint on it soon!

~ Steve
timcc2008
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United States
Joined: May 12, 2010
KitMaker: 116 posts
Armorama: 112 posts
Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 02:10 AM UTC

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Nice! Was it this kit, or the earlier release?



It was the Testors/Italeri kit released in about 1980.

vr

Tim
DrChopp
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Victoria, Australia
Joined: August 16, 2016
KitMaker: 94 posts
Armorama: 86 posts
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 10:10 PM UTC

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Been wanting to do a Hetzer myself for sometime so I will be watching with interest.




I'm really liking this kit, even without the aftermarket. I think I need to change my attitude towards Tamiya kits.


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The Hetzer was the very first armor kit that I built and painted with a brush by hand. Looking forward to your build!

vr

Tim



Nice! Was it this kit, or the earlier release?


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fifty three years old and yet to build a Hetzer! Looking forward to yours!

Gaz



Gaz, you gotta grab this kit if you're thinking of throwing one together

I've been a bit under the weather lately, so have been slowly progressing. Got the rear hull plate together and detailed:



I also gave the rubber of the road wheels a bit of wear - I'm thinking of this being set on the eastern front, with the Germans on the defensive:



One of the things I was surprised with were the hinges on this kit. The Hetzer has quite a few, and while I had the option of PE, I found the molded on hinges were more in scale, and very crisp:





Thanks for looking

~ Steve
GazzaS
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Queensland, Australia
Joined: April 23, 2015
KitMaker: 3,914 posts
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 01:50 PM UTC
fifty three years old and yet to build a Hetzer! Looking forward to yours!

Gaz
timcc2008
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United States
Joined: May 12, 2010
KitMaker: 116 posts
Armorama: 112 posts
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 02:04 AM UTC
The Hetzer was the very first armor kit that I built and painted with a brush by hand. Looking forward to your build!

vr

Tim
Namabiiru
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Rhode Island, United States
Joined: March 05, 2014
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 11:27 PM UTC
Been wanting to do a Hetzer myself for sometime so I will be watching with interest.

DrChopp
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Victoria, Australia
Joined: August 16, 2016
KitMaker: 94 posts
Armorama: 86 posts
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 09:32 PM UTC
Hello all,

I've taken a short break from armour to have a go at a 1/48 helicopter...after that experience, I need to get stuck into some German armor.

I did a bit of research and from what I understand, the Hetzer is one of the rare kits that Tamiya have got the most detailed and accurate offering. So a while ago I picked one up, and a whole mess of aftermarket -





I really love tank hunters, and I really love German armour so this should be a lot of fun. The idea here is to do the Hetzer in a hull-down ambush position, possibly either in a wooded area using natural terrain as cover, or maybe in an urban area using rubble. I'm not sure where I'll go with it, so we'll see what happens!

~ Steve