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Trumpeter E-100 Ausf-B

Contents
Photo 2 shows there’s not too many bits in the box; the box lid states 40+, but it’s actually 59, one of which is for another kit, that being the Jagdpanzer mantlet on the upper left of sprue A in photo 3. On the same sprue are the one piece side / suspension units and the back plate – nice and simple, but crisply moulded. Two sprue Bs provide the wheels (photo 4 - here you can see those joined up inner wheels), exhaust pipes, and eight tow shackles, six of which might be used. Sprue C (5) has the turret base, the gun split lengthways, headlamp, infrared gear and commander’s hatch lid. Then the three big chunks of plastic: the hull top, with literally everything except the front lamp moulded on, including the side skirts, so none of that cool missing panel stuff possible here (6). The turret, again, has most things moulded on, most noticeably those spare links (7), yet that’s not the most annoying part – but I’ll get to that. The hull bottom (8), a simple enough looking part with appropriate detail should you wish to display the model upside down. Soft rubbery tracks that are nevertheless quite well detailed, and like many other aspects of this kit, very big for braille scale (9). Photo 10 shows the decals, which are frankly rubbish, and I was surprised to see they are exactly the same (scaled down obviously) as provided in the 1/35 scale kit. Rubbish because someone has apparently just typed them up on a word processor using a standard font, so no attempt to make them look authentic beyond them being red and white – except this is a fictional tank so perhaps by 1946 they’d have been printing the turret numbers like that at the factory; or not. Then there’s the usual tiddly crosses, which is OK, just a bit dull.

Details
That’s the sprue shots, now for a more detailed look at parts. Viewing the turret from a different angle (11) now offers a glimpse of its most annoying aspect: the cupola periscopes are just ignored, with no detail, just a series of seven blocks. The fume extractor, the curved guard over the gun mount, the rangefinder and the armour plate interlocks on the turret sides are all, on the other hand, nicely rendered. Somehow, even those spare links sort of grew on me; considering how naff an idea it is, they’re actually well detailed and moulded, and – taking a positive attitude – present an interesting painting challenge, and at least there’s no danger of sticking them on upside down (it’s been done). Also visible here is the tab that represents the handle on the loader’s hatch and the lifting rings in each corner. The engine deck (12) features more tabs for handles and hooks, moulded on tools and moulded on mesh. Again, being positive, the tools are quite well done considering, and there’s no dilemma about whether to paint them separately then stick them on at the end, or attach before painting – the decision has been made for you, so live with it. As for the mesh, I prefer this to the more usual thing of providing the detail of the metal bars underneath, then just ignoring the mesh like it didn’t exist, this way at least we have fake mesh instead of no mesh. Photo 13: more tabs and tools, but a nice armoured cable run and armour plate interlocks, and generally the rendering is again well executed: note the VERY subtle mould seam line running off the top edge of the side skirts down on to the curved front corners – that is the only clean up necessary on this big component. Perhaps the bolt details around the hatches are, if anything, a bit underdone.

The side skirts (14) have more clean moulding with deeply inscribed panel lines and a subtle texture (is that a good thing?). Underneath the hull bottom (15) we see various access plates with recessed screws. Photo 16 shows the only tiny bits in the kit: the hatch lid is detailed on both sides and can happily be positioned open or closed. The infrared target device is in three parts, a little simplified, but enough detail for this scale. The gun barrel is split along its entire length (17) but as the moulding quality looks so good, I suspect all will be well, and the muzzle is already open. Photos 18, 19, show the road wheels with a cleanly defined representation of steel rims and lots of bolts, and as mentioned, inner wheels joined together to avoid any issues around alignment. Photos 20-26 show the crisply moulded three part idlers and the sprockets. Photo 27 is a close up of the suspension arms and springs; although offering no scope for setting the wheels in anything other than a dead straight line, the detail here seems fine considering little of this is visible by the end of the build, and sometimes it’s nice not to have to clean up about sixty parts before even starting on the wheels. Finally we have the back plate (28) with the texture, nice moulded on cover plates, and what I think are two rear lamps.
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About the Author

About Matthew Lenton (firstcircle)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH EAST, UNITED KINGDOM

Earliest model memory is a Super Sabre my grandmother bought for me in around 1972. We cut the pieces off the sprue with an ivory handled butter knife. Have always dabbled in painting and making things, and rediscovered doing that with plastic in 2008. Vowed then to complete the 30 year old stash...


Comments

This isn't a Paper Panzer, Trumpeter delibrately changed the shape of the turret in this kit to make it closer to that on King Tiger, which the Germans never planned to do
OCT 13, 2017 - 02:46 AM
Tim... Internetiquette supertip: Never comment without reading the article. The turret was designed by Mike Rinaldi, Trumpeter copied his kitbashed / scratched turreted E-100 model. Seriously, please read at least the first page of the feature which explains it, otherwise you're just asking for Mike himself to come back on here (possibly with a big exasperated sigh as he has) to explain it "one more time..." By the way, what did you (and Patrick) think of the feature apart from that?
OCT 13, 2017 - 03:18 AM
Matthew, While "Paper Panzers" are not in the slightest an area of my interest, your feature article rather captured my interest and especially your build and finishing explanations and accompanying images. Although an overall simple vehicle as far as its "lines" are concerned your finishing of it was superb and brings this otherwise "plain shaped" subject to life. I must particularly comment on the marvellous paint job you achieved on the vehicles' figure. The size of this model is also quite impressive especially when you compare it to a 1/72 Abrams that measures out at 110 X 52 mm. The article appears quite concise and informative and I for one appreciate the effort that you must have put in to complete it. Seems to me like it might possess a winning combination of points to win notice in a model show or competition. Cheers, Jan
OCT 13, 2017 - 04:16 AM
Whatever you do, don't mention "Paper Panzers" - I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it... So I used the terms '46 and PPs, partly I wasn't sure if Panzer'46 or Panzerwaffe46 was copyright, but now I think not. Anyway, I get the distinction Mike made above, although I guess this model is a mix of both. Jan, thanks for the compliments, particularly on the figure, who doesn't look too bad when viewed at real size, despite the fact that I think I accidentally removed most of one his ears while cleaning up the mould line on the polythene Caesar head; slightly ironic as one of the things I didn't like about the original CMK head was that the head was tiny, but the ears a bit too prominent - FA Cup syndrome. Thanks too to Mike R for the positive feedback.
OCT 13, 2017 - 05:35 AM
You've got your facts and intentions confused. Paper Panzers is an actual term referring to proposed armor concepts/designs on the drawing board during the war. It's been in use for years, long before video games reinvented it's definition. They are a collective finite groups of designs. We see them in the modern era as redrawn by Hilary Doyle in the well known Panzer Tracts books. Panzer 46 (and Luft 46) is a term(s) used to describe the what-if fantasy collective of the hypothetical ideas and vehicle concepts -- loosely based on what happened regarding vehicle design and production during the war. (There are also Allied designs, as such too). That's what this model is, it's fictional what-if, loosely based on a Paper Panzer, but by definition NOT one of them. Panzer 46 is more appropriate term for this group of vehicles. Politics have nothing to do with this terminology, that's not what any of this is about.[/quote] +1
OCT 13, 2017 - 10:13 AM
Thanks for sharing Matt. Hey, I see that you've used blue tack -- I remember reading something about using toothpaste as mask Seriously, I commend the effort you put on this very detailed build feature, especially the finished product. Good to see as well that the photos are now sorted in ascending order. Having read the exchanges on terminologies got me curious as to the origins of the term "paper panzers". Anyways I guess that may be best for separate thread. Cheers, Tat
OCT 13, 2017 - 11:23 AM
Thanks Tat. I have used toothpaste before, but this camouflage is quite big and simple so blue tack seemed easier, although it did cause the breakage of one of the hooks on the engine deck, ringed in photo 69, which had to be replaced with wire and repainted. As Mike said, Paper Panzers goes back at least to the two Panzer Tracts books on the subject that used that term as part of the title, published in 2002, I think. I don't know if there is a record of it being used much before that.
OCT 13, 2017 - 08:48 PM
"Paper Panzer." "Panzer 46." Politics? (Yyyyaaaawwwwnn.) Matthew, wonderful feature building this little-big Paper Panzer 46. I like what you wrote, "... something started to happen as the parts came off the sprue, and it was that thing that we all look for when building models: enjoyment." Your build with the weathering really does the kit justice. Thanks for taking up the challenge.
OCT 16, 2017 - 06:59 AM
Awesome build; great feature. Thank you
OCT 30, 2017 - 10:56 PM
Of course I know Michael built the model that Trumpeter based the turret for this kit on, you were still calling it a Paper Panzer when it's a invented design that was never even on paper/blueprints.
OCT 31, 2017 - 07:11 AM
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