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Hetzer Exhaust (Early/Mid)
Hetzer Exhaust (Early/Mid Type)
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by: Bill Cross [ BILL_C ]

introduction

The Hetzer was a nasty little tank destroyer mounting a 75mm PAK 39 on a Pz. 38(t) chassis. There were basically two versions of it: an Early/Mid one, and a later one with a different exhaust system. Like many German AFV exhausts, the Hetzer's was a muffler with a curved pipe on the back of the vehicle. Most styrene versions involve gluing two halves of the muffler cylinder together, with the inevitable seam lines, filling and cursing.

Both Tamiya, Dragon, Eduard and Italeri all have kits in various states of availability, so Czech manufacturer CMK's decision to offer a reasonably-priced resin upgrade is welcome. The company has been branching out recently with a budget series of resin fixes they call the "Blitz Line" designed to allow modelers to fix up their kits without spending a bloody fortune.

what you get

In a poly bag from a hang tag you get a single sprue of resin with a sheet showing how to mount the three pieces.

the review

The casting on this piece is crisp, the detailing (mounting brackets) is sharp, and my only reservation might be that the muffler may end up lost beneath the perforated screen found on many kits. That would be a shame, since CMK has included some dents in the muffler that bring a prosaic piece of equipment some needed character. You could, of course, build yours without the protective screen, but the improved exhaust pipe is probably worth the cost of the upgrade - unless you like twirling a sharp hobby knife while opening up a styrene exhaust (hoping all the while you don't poke through, both ruining the pipe and perhaps one or more of your fingers).

Painting, etc. is straightforward: a nice rust color with some rust pigment overlay.

conclusion

I'm always glad to see new options that don't involve spending more on the upgrades than on the kit itself. As you can see here, the old DML kit builds up nicely, though mine benefited from a Voyager PE set. Improving the exhaust system is a good move for any plastic kit, and the only reservation I might have on this item is its final retail price.

Thanks to CMK for providing the review sample. Please mention you saw them here on Armorama when ordering.
SUMMARY
Highs: Crisp casting, not much clean-up.
Lows: A bit targeted and specific.
Verdict: Recommended.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: B-35-077
  Suggested Retail: NA
  PUBLISHED: Apr 14, 2011
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 90.08%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.89%

Our Thanks to CMK!
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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 ]. All rights reserved.



Comments

Thanks Bill For the review much appreciate Cheers Seb
APR 15, 2011 - 08:25 AM
You're welcome, Seb. I think this could be a nice addition to one of the Hetzer kits, even for someone on a budget.
APR 15, 2011 - 10:37 AM
Thanks for the review. I am going to have to get this for the Italeri hetzer sitting in my stash.
APR 20, 2011 - 01:17 PM
   

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