Cyber-hobby 1/35 VK.45.02(P)V
| KIT #: || 6133 |
| PRICE: || $72.00 SRP |
| DECALS: || Two options |
| REVIEWER: || Scott Van Aken |
| NOTES: || One production run |
There really isn't a ton of information on the Internet about this vehicle. Safe to say that this is a prototype for what became the King Tiger or Tiger II tank, differing mostly in details as this version is pretty close to what was eventually produced. The P means it was the Porsche input.
Much about the earlier VK.45.02(P)H can be said about this one. Previously, Cyber-hobby released the VK.45.02 V kit in their limited run series. This is not the same kit, but does use some parts from that kit as well as the more updated bits from Dragon's Elefant and Ferdinand kits. There are a few areas of this kit that are noteworthy. First of all, it comes with a nicely done aluminum barrel. It also has the superb DS deformable styrene tracks that not only look very good, but are easy to glue and paint. Finally, this one has a more comprehensive etched fret than with most Dragon kits. Thanks to the DS tracks as much as anything else, the parts count is relatively low at a bit over 300.
From Cyber-hobby's press release, here is a full list of features. I've also shown an image of the nicely done etched brass set farther down the page;
- Delicate muzzle brake
- Bonus aluminum gun barrel
- Photo-etched engine deck grills
- Interlocking plates realistically rendered on both hull and turret
- Newly tooled slide-molded lower hull w/bolt details
- Detailed hull side molded w/weld seams
- Loader's hatch upgraded w/interior details
- Multi-direction slide-molded cupola
- Cupola w/fine interior details head pad and clear parts
- Separate commander's hatch swivel arm
- Photo-etched parts for additional plates on turret sides
- Newly tooled upper hull w/details
- Pistol port on rear turret hatch can be assembled open/closed
- Pistol port comes w/chain when assembled open
- Rear turret hatch can be modeled open/closed
- Photo-etched parts for details of the rear turret hatch interior
- Upgraded frontal MG can rotate
- Set of on-vehicle tools comes without clamps
- Photo-etched on-vehicle tool clamps
- One-piece DS tracks
- Delicate suspension system
A set of generic insignia are provided for two painting options. One is as shown on the box art while the other is in the very nice striped camouflage that was used late in the war.
Cyber-hobby is well known for its one shot kits and this one falls into that category. If you are really into German tanks in general and prototypes in particular, then this is one you should not let slip by.
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