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BobbieTheDamned04 Feb 2011 11:16 a.m. PST

Hello again TMP,

Thought I'd continue to review the new Zvezda 1:100 plastic tanks as they're being released.

First up this time is the Panzer III G. This is a lovely model, very fine detail as with all the other vehicles in this set. With the highest part count of the current Zvezda 1:100 models (9 parts plus the 'flag' for the game its made for). This allows for a lot of detail, even the machine guns are moulded as part of the tank and are very thin, but due to the plastic's slight flexibility these aren't to delicate. Some of the detail is a little flat, such as the vision ports and hatches on the side of the turret, I think it'll look ok with a good wash and dry brush though.

Detailing is all correct for the G model, as you'd expect from a big professional company. I also own a pair of Battlefront Panzer III G and the models look ok next to each other. I'd say they'd be fine to be used in the same army just avoid them being parked side by side: size wise they're a close match, however the detail on the Battlefront model looks quite thick compared to the very thin detail on the Zvezda models.

Sizing for the Panzer III:


Actual Scale Model
Length 5.38m 54mm 54mm
Width 2.90m 29mm 29mm
Height 2.44m 25mm 25mm

For further reading on other models of this tank in this scale I suggest this article or Wargames@Nordalia:
link

Now on to the T-34 obr 1940, I'm not as familiar with Russian tanks but comparing this to the George Bradford drawing and various photos this seems a nice accurate model. The shape of the turret looks spot on, something that other manufactures haven't quite got in my opinion. This is a much more simple kit than the Panzer III, with only 5 parts (again plus the flag), yet the detail is still nice and crisp. There is a small amount of stowage on this model but not a lot. Due to the fact the upper hull comes as one piece the rear exhausts are a little simplified and the hull MG is missing. However this is hardly uncommon with 1:100 scale tanks.

Sizing for the T-34:


Actual Scale Model
Length 5.92m 59mm 59mm
Width 3.00m 30mm 29mm
Height 2.45m 25mm 24mm

Once again Wargames@Nordalia is the place to check out other T34 models:
link

As for what's coming from Zvezda in the near future I've seen the following advertised:

'Spring' 2011
BT-5 (hoping the turrets are easily interchangeable with the T26 as it'll be a quick way to get the earlier tanks).
Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf. B (interesting choice of variant, should be quite simple to convert to a C for all the mid war gamers)

'Summer' 2011
BM-13 Katyusha
Zis-5 Truck
KV-I
Pz.Kpfw. 38(t)
Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. D
German 3 Tonne Cargo Truck (referring I'd assume to an Opel LKW)

Hope this has been helpful to someone,

Rob.

Garand04 Feb 2011 12:42 p.m. PST

Whoa! A Pz 38(t) in plastic??? Guess I'll be jumping into Early War with both feet now! Retail price on these are a little high in the US (I think Greatmodels is listing them at a retail of $6.25, with typical prices closer to the $4 USD mark). Still a really good deal unless you have an OG discount card…

Damon.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2011 5:50 a.m. PST

Great Models currently lists the following prices for the Zvezda models.
The 120mm M30, Pz III, T-26 and the T34/76 at $4.75 USD and the Pz II at $3.95.

At those prices very competitive even with Command Decision line with discount. And given the state of some of the vehciles in that line a better deal. Add in the new releases from the Plastic Soldier Company and looks like we are in for a good run.

John the OFM05 Feb 2011 7:58 a.m. PST

Squadron Shop is always a great place for discounted Zvezda kits.

EagleSixFive05 Feb 2011 8:37 a.m. PST

Forged in Battle are doing a 38t soon, 4 for 18 quid

BobbieTheDamned05 Feb 2011 3:46 p.m. PST

I'm glad they're going to do one, though I'd rather they did some other nations vehicles actually!

I've already got a couple of Skytrex Pz28(t) so I'm in no rush for more. Though given that the Zvezda ones will be less than 3 pounds each I'll probably get a couple.

I'm just waiting for Zvevda to anounce they're making a tiger, I'd imagine for much less than a fiver, then people will really get interested.

poiter5005 Feb 2011 5:59 p.m. PST

I hope the SdKfz 251 really is a B model as most of the existing 15mm ones available are Cs or Ds which didn't see service until 1941/2 meaning that none of them suit EW.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2011 5:32 a.m. PST

I would be much more interested in the Forged in Battle vehicles if they did not come cast with a base on.

Garand06 Feb 2011 4:08 p.m. PST

Squadron does not show the Zvezda kits at this time. Squadron does not always get stuff in a timely manner. The Italeri Puma has been out for a few months, and Squadron still doesn't have it even listed as a future release (I suspect there must be an importer issue, since Canada has the kit…)

Damon.

archstanton7307 Feb 2011 3:03 a.m. PST

Looks like Battlefront could be losing out soon!!

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2011 5:14 a.m. PST

Garand;

Great Models has them in stock here in the US

link

PilGrim10 Apr 2011 3:46 p.m. PST

BT5 & 251 now available

Yithian14 Apr 2011 8:23 a.m. PST

Here are some photos of the BT5 and 251.

link

My 251s are on the way from models2u… Unfortunately as nice as the BT5s look they're not much use to me as FoW has no rules for them, that I can find!

Yithian18 Apr 2011 1:36 a.m. PST

I got my 251s on Friday and painted them up over the weekend. I'm very happy with them. It's nice to have proper wheels and stuff rather than blobs of resin on the underside. I'll see if I can get some comparison photos alongside some BF ones tonight.

I also note that there are now photos of the Katyusha here: link

I think 4 of those will nicely supplement the BF ones I have already and at a fraction of the price.

(Stolen Name)18 Apr 2011 2:28 p.m. PST

I would like to get 4 of these too – they look like they may be easier to put together too?
Will look forward to your piccies of the 251

Yithian19 Apr 2011 2:16 a.m. PST

Here are the photos (sorry for the quality, the light at our club is pretty bad):

link

The Soviet captured Sdkfz 251 is the Zvezda one. The German one is a BF one.

There is very little difference in width and height and the tracks and wheels are in much the same positions. However the BF one looks a lot longer. I think that's because the shape at the rear is quite different. They are after all different models of halftrack.

(Stolen Name)19 Apr 2011 2:52 p.m. PST

Thanks Yithian the Zvezda one looks really good. I think I will get 10 of them for my EW German army

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