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StuG III Ausf.B PE Set

by: Vinnie Branigan [ TEACHER ]


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introduction
Last year seen one of Tamiya's infrequent 1/35th scale releases in the form of the Sturmgeschutz III Ausf. B. The kit was widely praised..............and also widely panned for it's poor fit in places. As with all 1/35th injection moulded kits though, the limitations of the moulding process mean that there are lot's of parts hat could be better represented by the use of photo-etch. Aber to the rescue!


the set
As with all Aber sets, this is definitely not one for the beginner. It's a real challenge to use all of the set usually, and this one will be no different. Included are 3 frets of photo etch, one large one, and two much smaller ones.

One look at the complicated Aber instructions contained on two sides will give you some indication of the complexity of this set. Aber really pack the parts on there frets.......there is no spare room whatsoever! Not only that, but Aber parts are notoriously small, which means you'll need a good magnifying lens!

So what do you actually get in the set? Well, first off the main gun assembly gets some attention. Aber provide a cover for the gun, which looks fine, except of course, that's it's photo etch, and I was always under the impression that gun covers were fabric based?

There is an absolute plethora of small fittings, fixtures, brackets, and replacements to be fitted to the outside of the vehicle. Nearly all of them are tiny, and will no doubt look absolutely amazing once they're all fitted. New horn, mudguard brackets, tool clamps (early), light brackets, inside for the Notek light, brackets for the antennae trough, extinguisher bracket, working hinged headlight covers, (Tamiya provide etched ones that don't work), the list goes on and on. Without an extensive reference library on the StuG III it's impossible to say whether or not all these tiny details are correct, so I'll assume Aber have done their homework, and if they haven't there are those of you that will correct them I've no doubt!

Aber provide two very nice engine grills, and although Tamiya themselves provide these, I have to say that the Aber ones look far better! They have a much finer pattern, and don't contain the cut-outs that Tamiya engineered into theirs for the antennae trough brackets.

It's impossible for me to list all the parts that Aber supply, so I can only recommend careful study of the photographs. The most extensively re-worked part of the Tamiya kit is the smoke candle rack, but this requires extensive thinning of the Tamiya supplied part, and then the assembly itself looks complicated.


in conclusion
This set is typically Aber, in that if you do somehow manage to use it all, you'll have a show stopper! Having said that, if you don't have experience of photo etch, then this probably isn't the set you should start with unless you're incredibly patient! Highly recommended.


My thanks to Aber for the review sample.
SUMMARY
An incredibly complicated set of photo etched parts from Aber that if all used will result in a show stopper, replacing or improving as it does, nearly everything on the outside of the vehicle. Not one for the photo etch beginner!
  DIFFICULTY OF USE:85%
  PARTS INCLUDED:90%
  IMPROVEMENT POTENTIAL:95%
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35197
  Suggested Retail: Unknown
  Related Link: Aber
  PUBLISHED: Oct 13, 2006
  NATIONALITY: Germany
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.97%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.73%

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About Vinnie Branigan (Teacher)
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Copyright 2019 text by Vinnie Branigan [ TEACHER ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Model Shipwrights. All rights reserved.



Comments

Vinnie, i have seen early StuG's with solid gun caps.......they look like a piece of tube that has a slightly larger diameter than the gun barrel and have a retaining strap. The cloth covers were used later on, no doubt to save on the material forthe solid covers. Regards from the Swamp Eth
OCT 12, 2006 - 11:02 PM
Thanks Eth! I knew we could rely on Aber! Vinnie
OCT 13, 2006 - 12:03 AM
Thanks Vinnie I've just completed a Stug III A using an Aber set 35 021 for the Ausf B,C and D, Complicated,Yes!! but worth it The instructions are clearer on this set for the fitting of parts behind the gun mantlet. The smoke rack is complex,I'm not 100% sure this is the right one for an Ausf B ,as my copy of Achtung Panzer#5 shows this type fitted to the Ausf C onwards? where as the B had the same earlier type as the A? (please correct me if you know different!!) It's nice to see the gun cap included ,with retaining strap,the real ones were ,I belive made of leather Cheers Andy
OCT 13, 2006 - 12:35 PM
   

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