Accessory, Cyberhobby 3832, Upgrade & Conversion Kit for StuG.III Ausf.G Early Production,
December 30 2006 at 5:37 PM
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3832, Upgrade & Conversion Kit for StuG.III Ausf.G Early Production, Set 1. Contains two etched brass frets, two stamped/etched brass parts, six turned brass parts and single-page instruction sheet.
This set will allow the detail fanatic to construct entirely new fender units in etched brass for the recently-released DML StuG.III Ausf.G Early Production “Smart Kit”. Also provided are turned brass smoke candle launchers and stamp/etched brass mounting brackets for them.
The fenders come as one large part for each side with several smaller parts for details provided. Styrene and etched brass parts from the base kit will also be needed for upper and lower braces. The brass fenders are a bit thicker than normal, but perfectly adequate for scale appearance. They have very finely-etched details on both upper and lower faces, indicating that they have been well-designed for maximum realism.
The fenders will both require a dedicated etched brass bending tool; I used a 6.5-inch long type, which was necessary due to the length of the parts. In most cases, the bends are in easy-to-access places and are indicated by engraved lines. However, the one that folded up around the kit’s air intake grills was difficult to bend since a normal tool will not reach; I used small flat pliers to “inch” it into the proper place. The instructions are adequate for this procedure, but the locations of some items, especially MB-1 and MB-8, will need to be finalized by using the styrene parts to check fit. A “dry” fit test indicated the fenders will go into place without any problem.
The exhaust deflector panel will need to have the proper curve imparted; this is indicated in the instructions; to help get it right, use the styrene part in the kit as a guide. Next up are the triple smoke candle dispenser tubes and their mounting brackets. They are a “no-brainer” and simply replace styrene parts in the kit.
In conclusion, although this is a useful set, it will require some skill in bending etched brass, as well as a specialized bending tool, for maximum “enjoyment”. This, necessarily, may take it out of the reach of the novice modeler. Indeed in most cases, what’s provided in the base kit is more than adequate for a well-done finished model, making this set “nice to have” but not necessary.
Frank V. “Curley the Stooge” De Sisto
Cyberhobby products are available at retail and mail order shops, or direct from the manufacturer at: www.cyber-hobby.com.
Reviewer’s note: Since May of 2005, I have been working on books for Concord Publications, a sister company to DML and Cyberhobby. The reader may wish to take this into consideration. For my part, I will attempt to maintain an objective viewpoint when writing these reviews.