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parttimegamer04 Oct 2020 7:16 a.m. PST

I've written up two reviews of the new Rubicon Panzer III kits on my blog: link

The first, detailed review is of the Panzerbefehlswagen III (the command tank) and the second is of the Panzer III, which is mostly the same, but points out a couple of differences between the variance in Ausf H.

I hope you find them useful. If I have got anything incorrect on the interpretation of the variants, please tell me. I don't profess to be an expert on the intricacies of panzer manufacturer, but know that there are TMPers who have deep knowledge of the subject, so feel free to point out any inaccuracies. It's how we all learn, right? ;-)

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2020 2:35 a.m. PST

Pure chance I happened on this (as my interests are more Napoleonic but recently into 2eme DB in Paris in 1/72 scale).

You make many good points. Firstly the dry fit everything before gluing. Some of the most detailed kits simply do not fit together without much filing and cutting.

But above all, how I sympathise with your dilemma now that the wheels and tracks are all stuck on. How do you paint the chassis within? The trick of course would have been to mask all attachment points (I use BluTack) on the tank and the various wheels/bogies etc and paint away, before finaly assembling, knowing that there is bare plastic to glue.

For now (I have been there) an old long bristled brush. A watered down acrylic so it flows easily. Slap it between each wheel assembly, push, rotate, spread. It dose work but it is harder. You cannot now spray of course. Everything more superficial would end up with a thick coat and loss of detail.

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Oct 2020 5:32 a.m. PST

I just assemble the lower hull and wheels then base coat. Then you just scrape away the paint on the point of track connection, if possible dont glue the drive sprockets until after the base coat so you can clean the half of the sprocket thats going to need tracks fitting.

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