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First Look: Sd.Kfz.184 Elefant PE Update (DML6126)

by: Pawel Krupowicz [ VODNIK ]


Originally published on:
Armorama

The set is designed for Dragon's large Sd.Kfz. 184 Elefant model. This set in addition to photo-etched parts contains also copper cable and resin pieces.

In the Voyager's usual black and orange box card we get three brass photo-etched frets, one steel (?) fret, a length of copper cable, a small zip-bag with resin parts and instruction sheet plus supplement. Instructions are printed on both sides of a single A-4 sized sheet and there is additional tiny piece of paper added with instructions of making embossed stiffeners on brass parts. Instructions are clear and show assembly on exploded diagrams, but no information is given regarding installation of some included resin parts. Also there are errors in instructions - according to instructions the clamp for hammer should be assembled from parts 2, 5 and 7 from "WW2 German Clamps & Clasp" fret, but this fret is not included in this set! In fact the clamp has to be assembled from parts 61, 62 and... 61 again (error in parts numbering) from fret B. Another problem in instructions can be found where the installation of front fender wire spring is shown. No wire is given in the set for this spring and the only description given for shown part in instructions is given... in Chinese...

Sizes of photo-etched frets are:
A - 64 mm x 95 mm / 0.15 mm thick brass
B - 64 mm x 95 mm / 0.15 mm thick brass
C - 48 mm x 95 mm / 0.15 mm thick brass
Zimmerit Coating Applicator - three sizes of PE tool on a small steel fret.

Unusually for Voyager all brass frets in the set are the same thickness.

Resin parts included are:
- four tow cable end loops,
- muzzle brake inner rings,
- a hammer,
- 36 conical bolt heads - their locations on the hull are not quite clearly shown in instructions,
- 3 bell-shaped pieces which I'm sure every German armor modeler can immediately identify, but I have no clue what they could be... they are not shown in instructions.

There is also 200 mm (0.9 mm diameter) of copper cable included for tow cable.

Some of included PE parts are:
- non-skid plates for fenders,
- holding brackets for spare tracks,
- complete storage box for hull rear,
- plenty of other small brackets, handles and other fittings (see instructions scans).

There is unfortunately one serious problem with the set. According to instructions we should attach four locking clips (assembled from parts 20, 21 and 22) to storage box and a long tubular container (?), but no such clips can be found on frets included in the set!... Parts 20, 21 and 22 simply do not exist.

The quality of etched parts is very high and resin parts are also cleanly cast. Typically for Voyager sets also this one includes lots of tiny parts, so modelers less experienced in work with PE can find the assembly difficult.

This is not the best Voyager set - while parts included in the set should nicely enhance the Dragon model, errors in instructions and omission of some parts seriously decreases the value of the product.

Many thanks to Voyager Model for the review sample!
SUMMARY
The set for Elefant is not Voyager's best - while parts included in the set should nicely enhance the Dragon model, errors in instructions and omission of some parts seriously decreases the value of the product.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: PE35024
  Related Link: Voyager Models
  PUBLISHED: Jun 13, 2005
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 82.20%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 87.70%

About Pawel Krupowicz (Vodnik)
FROM: WARSZAWA, POLAND

As first lines of this bio appear under all my reviews, I feel it is important that I start with this information: In March 2005 I ventured into the other side of modeling "industry" - I was not only building model kits, but also helping design them as a consultant for Dragon Models Ltd.. These days...

Copyright 2019 text by Pawel Krupowicz [ VODNIK ]. 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.


   

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  • PE35024_00
  • PE35024_01
    Contents of the set.
  • PE35024_03
    First page of instructions.
  • PE35024_04
    Second page of instructions.
  • PE35024_06
    Photo-etched fret A.
  • PE35024_07
    Photo-etched fret B.
  • PE35024_05
    Fret C, Zimmerit tools, copper cable and instruction supplement.
  • PE35024_02
    Resin parts.