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German Anti-Tank Mines
German Anti-Tank Mines WW II
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]


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Armorama

introduction

Mines are an important, if despised component of modern warfare, and so CMK's decision to release a set of German anti-tank mines in its economical "Blitz" line is a welcome development for diorama builders and figure modelers alike.

The set includes two variants: the Tellermine 35 (T.mi.35) and later 42 version (T.mi.43 Pilz or "mushroom"). Both contained approximately 5.5 kilos of TNT, a pressure fuse and two anti-handling detonators to prevent easy removal. Estimates show the Nazis setting out upwards of 4,000,000 mines along the Atlantic Wall alone. Rommel's minefields of El Alamein were five miles deep. You get the picture: these were everywhere in WW 2.

the set

In a blister pack you get:

two resin sprues of mines four mines each (the website says only three each, but that's wrong)
A sheet showing how to scratch-build the handles

the review

There's not a lot to be said about this set: it has some fine casting that captures the look of these simple, but deadly devices. However, there are no handles (you have to scratch-build them yourself). The casting looks very crisp with the mines set off from the pour plug with diaphanous bits of flash instead of a heavy "nipple" effect.

But there is no painting guide, so you're on your own there. Photos of surviving examples are a variety of colors from red oxide to Panzer Gray.

conclusion

CMK has been sloppy in not including at least some suggestions on color. The lack of handles annoys me, too. Scratching them in this tiny size will be a challenge. But I'm happy to see that the set has been released at all.
SUMMARY
Highs: That they exist at all. Good casting details.
Lows: No handles. While not a huge headache, it's still a headache.
Verdict: A valuable addition to any group of German figures or in a diorama.
Percentage Rating
75%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: B-35-082
  Suggested Retail: 4.80 Euros
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  PUBLISHED: May 04, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.89%

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About Bill Cross (bill_c)
FROM: NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES

Self-proclaimed rivet counter who gleefully builds tanks, planes and has three subs in the stash.

Copyright 2019 text by Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

Not too cool leaving parts out like handles, or decals, instructions on painting. When I buy a model or accessory, I want the whole thing to be there. If I have to scratch build the handle, I might as well scratch build the whole thing.
MAY 04, 2011 - 05:27 AM
its not like bending a tiny peice of wire is too difficult?! thanks for the review, good stuff
MAY 05, 2011 - 06:20 AM
   

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