by: Alan McNeilly [ ]
Many modellers like to upgrade and enhance their builds with additional after market sets. Voyager Models are an established AM supplier with comprehensive photo etched set for many kits.
This is a look at the upgrade set PE 35252 a photo etched exterior set for the AFV Club 35154 kit of the Churchill Mk IV Gun Tank.
The set comes packed in a nice professional sturdy cardboard box. On the front is a picture of a Churchill Gun Tank shining brightly, but this photo is not of the actual set, rather a combination of sets. To see what you get you need to look on the reverse of the packaging. The front of the box is marked with the words WWII British Churchill Mk IV Infantry Tank Basic, so read the packing first.
The set contains 5 frets of PE, it does not include the gun barrel nor replacement fender parts as depicted on the front picture so donít get caught out thinking this is the Full Monty. This is a comprehensive Basic set for the Exterior of the Mk IV.
Along with the PE frets you get five A4 pages of instructions so this is a comprehensive set for many of the smaller and finer details on the kit.
Included in the set are replacement mud chutes, fixings for the hatches, spare track brackets, replacement blanket box, sights and antenna mounts, smoke detectors, periscope guards, exhaust vents, light guards, fire extinguisher holders, tool clamps, exhaust covers, hatch handles, mesh for the air intakes, resin tow hooks and a resin pick head, along with some copper coiled cable for the tow hooks.
There are a host of smaller brackets and fittings so all in all a very comprehensive set. The frets have excellent detail, the PE seems to be of a decent thickness, not too thin nor too thick.
So if you like super detailing you vehicles this will be a useful set of basic exterior fittings to add additional detail to the Mk IV Churchill.
A very useful set of additional and replacement fittings for the AFV Club Churchill. Itís good to see AM manufacturers keeping us supplied with up to date sets. I do wonder with all PE through, how much we all use?
This is a material Iím not that comfortable working with, but I can see that within this set there are many items I may well use, although the AFV Club kit is a great kit as it stands, there is always room for improvement. I donít however simply like replacing items that are perfectly OK with bling for the sake of it, so like all PE sets you will most probably choose the items you feel add to the overall look of your build and store any leftovers for other projects.
This will be the first time I've used a Voyager set so it will be interesting to see how easy it is to work with.