by: Darren Baker [ ]
When AFV Club released their IDF Sho’t Kal Gimel there was very little highlighted as needing work. Legend Productions has now released a detailing set for this model in resin and photo etch. In this review we take a look at what Legend Productions felt needed special attention.
Inside the typical Legend Productions box you will find 2 Ziploc plastic bags, inside of these you will find;
47 resin parts
1 photo etched fret
2 sizes of wire
An instruction sheet
A look over the contents of the box tells you from the off what a good job AFV Club did with this release, I have that opinion because of how few parts are in this set. The resin castings look good and free of problems such as air bubbles or warped parts. The main parts replaced in the set are the tank mantlet and its canvas water proofing, into this Legend Productions has supplied a sagged barrel cover which sits right at the base of the barrel. It is these two parts that make the biggest improvements visually to the model, however the mantlet does require some pretty radical surgery takes place to the front of the turret, if you are worried about cutting models up this will concern you.
The covered smoke dischargers/launchers for the turret are a nice inclusion and do provide an interesting looking option. Legend Productions has supplied replacement brackets for the engine deck, these are the sort of parts that I cannot make a decision if they are worth the effort or not. The machine gun ammunition boxes and storage bins are a very good addition to the set, the sort of improvement a modeller notices even if no one else does.
There are two 5 gallon water containers included in this set; these are very nicely moulded with just a little flash need to be dealt with inside the handles, these are further enhanced via the use of photo etched strapping and retainers. As resin parts go the last real addition is a resin stretcher folded as stored and retained with photo etch straps, this has also been supplied with separate handles which prevents upset modellers due to broken mouldings.
The photo etched parts are surprisingly minimal. The photo etched parts as is usual for Legend Productions are quite thin, this makes shaping easy regardless of the bending method you use, but it does mean you need to take care when removing parts from the fret. In addition to the photo etched parts already mentioned you do get the chance to make some improvements to the bustle rack in the form of the mesh. There are 4 sets of 3 casting numbers for you to use, but I do not know if these are random numbers or researched.
This is for the most part a very good upgrade/detailing set for the AFV Club IDF Sho’t Kal Gimel and I suspect the Dalet as well. Legend Productions has provided what I as a modeller consider a thoughtful product; one of the things I am not keen on is the sets that change things for the sake of it, presenting modellers with smaller and smaller parts that just make the modeller struggle. This set does not do that and offers parts that look to me to genuinely improve the parts they replace. Legend Productions has supplied a single sheet of pictures to work as instructions and while better than nothing it could be much better and easier to follow.