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Griffon Model Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf. G Interior

This detail set for the DML #6290 Panzer 38(t) Ausf. G consists of five pe frets with the C fret for the ammo boxes being included twice, a film for the speedometers, two 5cm lengths of plastic rods of 1mm and 0,5mm diameter, two lengths of 0,3mm copper wire (5cm and 10cm) and one length of 0,2mm copper wire (5cm)!

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The amount of details is impressive! Almost every part of the two seats for driver and RO are replaced with pe, the gearshift can be build moveable (!), the floor has a nice pattern and is provided with all securing fillets, the box for the spare MG barrel can either be built with the pe provided or if the original kit part is wanted to be used this can be detailed with clasps, the shutters on the firewall, the fusebox on the RHS sidewall, gas mask holder, the interior for the glacis plate, a new cover for the transmission shaft, additional details for the MG main body, almost the complete main gun cradle and as a special highlight the radios together with the holding frame are included!

The radio front panels are two layer sandwiched for better depth and can be even more detailed with the two frequency selection knobs - the knobs only have four respectively five parts (!) - a small instruction about the cabling helps to give the radios a further realistic touch!

The ammo boxes are really easy to assemble and are best soldered together! In total there are 21 boxes to assemble for the 37mm main armament ammunition and thanks to the Griffon design allowing straightforward assembly this task to not be that mind numbing as one may fear.

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Conclusion:

This comprehensive interior set really IS an interior set leaving only minor parts respectively basic remains of the original parts from the kit! This set is very highly recommended for any Pz. 38(t) fan who wants to depict their model with lifted turret in a field workshop setting free all the wonderful details Griffon covers with this detail set!

To complete the interior Griffon offers a separate set for the Praga-Wilson gearbox which will also be reviewed here shortly!

Thanks to Griffon for the review sample!

 

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Griffon Model WW2 Praga-Wilson Gearbox & Steering levers for Panzer 38(t)

This set for the DML Panzer 38(t) covers the Gearbox & Steering Levers included in the kit. It consists of one PE fret measuring 66mmx64mm, a length of 0,3mm copper wire (50mm), a length of 0,5mm plastic rod (100mm), a length of 1mm copper tube (31mm) and a resin part.

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This set is very comprehensive and once assembled the original DML gearbox is is lifted to another league of details! The PE thickness is optimal; thin enough for easy bends combined with stability!

Although at first sight some parts do look delicate and difficult to handle, the assembly of this set is straightforward for any advanced modeller! The only precarious step would be to evaluate the correct length of the two rods which are connected to the steering levers on one side and the brake drums in the chassis on the other. However, with enough care this assembly will go on easily and without further problems! Careful study of the instructions to distinguish which part has to be glued where is mandatory though!

The metal covers for the gearbox itself are best annealed before being bent and glued in place!

A full build of a DML Panzer 38(t) with Griffon's updates will follow here on Tanks and Things!

Conclusion:

This set upgrades the kit's original item and will resemble an actual gearbox with all details the original one has! The only points to consider are trimming the original kit's gearbox and the above addressed steering rods!

Highly recommended!

Thanks to Griffon Model for the review sample!

 

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Verlinden Productions WWII German Tools

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The new etched sets from Verlinden Productions are 'connection less" meaning one does not need to cut them from the fret.  On the upper right, you can see the blue-green film which holds the items in place.  The lower right is an extreme close-up showing the Krupp Werk brand to the wrenches.

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The upper photos offer two views of the film being removed.  The lower right is another detail image of a wrench while the lower left shows one of the tool boxes (with lid) soldered.  It still needs some clean up but the lid is functional.

It is a nice and easy to use set which is quite affordable!  It is highly recommended although no mention is made of the hinge pins for the tool boxes which one must make from wire.

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Griffon Panzer 38(t) Exterior

Griffon offers this highly detailed set to improve the exterior of the DML Panzer 38(t) Ausf. G! Included are five frets of PE, a length of 0,3mm copper wire (10cm), a length of 0,2mm copper wire (5cm), a length of 0,5mm plastic rod (5cm) and the main barrel of the Panzer 38(t)!

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GRIFFON MODELS 75mm GMC Gun Shield

The 75mm GMC (Gun Motor Carriage) was developed based on the M3 Halftrack and the need for a mobile Anti Tank platform. The 75mmGMC served in North Africa and Italy before being phased out and replaced with dedicated Anti Tank weapons such as the M10. More than 800 made it into service with the rest being refitted to the original M3 troop carrier roles. But history you can find at the same places I found this, let's talk PE!

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Standard packaging for Armor PE from Griffon, sturdy cardboard protects the PE from folds and mishandling.

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Fret A shows the Armor plate and framework. Initial look does not show much folding other than the frame. This is a small build in comparison to other offerings in PE Halftrack so please follow me in the build and fold and glue and maybe even some soldering, watch the fingers!

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Fret E (there are no other Frets, these frets no doubt are included in the Griffon Royal Edition)

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The original part that the Griffon PE is replacing. Nice slide molded Gun shield from Dragon, and in one piece . Very thin and nicely detailed. The PE will have to build up special to beat the detail that is coming out of the box from Dragon.

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Griffon's frets are well made but not hard to separate the parts from the fret. Slight pressure on the tab with a sharp hobby knife and it's pops. I have dealt with others that nearly called for a dremal to cut it away from the fret. Not the case with this Griffon product.

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This is right hand side frame to build the shield on. I annealed with heat first to test how the Griffon PE takes the heat and to make sure the folds will be pliable. Turned out I did not need the Hold and Fold as the angles were too complicated for this and the smooth mouth pliers worked fine here. Use a small metal file to file down any leftover tabs from separating the part from the fret.


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Test fitting the frames against the kit part to check the angles, looks good.

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Now you can use CA as your bonding agent, should work fine, remember to score the surface on both sides of the brass before gluing, give the CA a little something more to grip. I like to solder PE parts of this size using solder past and my trusty microtorch. Alcohol bath before soldering with solder paste, clamps use to hold part in place. Apply heat and watch those finger tips!

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And the result.

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A little cleaning with the wire brush and there you go. Be sure to clean as you go because it's far easier to do that than when the build is nearly complete.

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Turned out nicely if I say so myself. Griffon brass is sturdy and takes solder with no problem. Some manufactures coat their metal (not always brass) with an agent that makes soldering nearly impossible without striping all of the coating and cleaning the part. The weight and thickness of the Griffon parts feels good in your fingers as you are working with them. I found that annealing was not necessary with the rest of the folds as the scoring for the fold lines were etched just enough to make the bend and fold clean and easy with just my smooth mouth pliers and finger pressure. The thickness of the armor feels and looks more to scale than the plastic kit part.

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The forward right side of the Gun Shield and moving on...

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Finished product. The kit has some more bolt, rivet and bracket detail will be added but you can see the overall result is a well produced replacement for the Dragon Gun Shield.



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Notice how much more pronounced and well define the screw head detail is with the Griffon PE when compared to the original kit part. This will be really pronounced when you paint and highlight the details on your kit.

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The Finely turned 75mm barrel does not come in this kit, that is a future review is coming up shortly. What is included in the kit is the two frets of parts and one .5mm * 5 mm plastic rod for making a quick release lock on part of the gun mount. Also there are replacements for some other parts not directly connected to the gun shield but attaches to the gun mount itself. Behind the shield will be the mount for the telescopic sighting system.

Conclusion, I found the Griffon 75mm Gun Shield a great little addition to the 75mm GMC. Over all it took about 1.5 hour total to complete this build and I believe you will find that it would be time well spent for the detail added to your 75mm GMC. Using CA would cut that time down I am sure. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to add that something special to the 75mm GMC, a subject that is not often seen modeled till now.

I would like to thank Griffon Models for this great review sample. Thanks to Jenny and crew for the encouragement and guidance for my first review. Now let's go build a Half Track!

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