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Griffon Models WW2 German 5cm PaK 38 L/60 with Bonus

Griffon Models offers an useful set to upgrade the DML 5cm PaK L/60.

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The set consists of the metal barrel parts and a fret of pe to mount this barrel to the DML PaK. As a bonus there is a second pe fret of double thickness to build an ammo box for the 5cm grenades plus a decal sheet to detail this box.

The barrel can be assembled very easy with the muzzle brake broken down in four parts plus a length of wire to be glued on top of the muzzle brake.

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The barrel itself shows the rifling of the original one.

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The parts for the barrel all have very fine details and no cleanup is needed so that the assembly goes on straightforward without any problem.

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This set is designed for the DML 5cm L/60 PaK but with slight modifications this barrel can also be mounted on the italeri PaK from their Demag kit:

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the ammobox build is easy and quick but has some very tiny parts for the hinges! Griffon offers you two options for them - workable and non workable!

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Conclusion: This set designed for the DML PaK 5cm L/60 is easy to work with and has crisp details! The instructions are easy to understand so any modeller can handle this Upgrade and add fine details to the original kit! Although not designed for it this set can also be used for the Italeri 5cm L/60 PaK with a little bit modification done to the cradle!

Highly Recommended!

Thanks to Griffon Model for the review sample!

 

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Griffon Model Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf. G Interior

This detail set for the DML #6290 Panzer 38(t) Ausf. G consists of five pe frets with the C fret for the ammo boxes being included twice, a film for the speedometers, two 5cm lengths of plastic rods of 1mm and 0,5mm diameter, two lengths of 0,3mm copper wire (5cm and 10cm) and one length of 0,2mm copper wire (5cm)!

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The amount of details is impressive! Almost every part of the two seats for driver and RO are replaced with pe, the gearshift can be build moveable (!), the floor has a nice pattern and is provided with all securing fillets, the box for the spare MG barrel can either be built with the pe provided or if the original kit part is wanted to be used this can be detailed with clasps, the shutters on the firewall, the fusebox on the RHS sidewall, gas mask holder, the interior for the glacis plate, a new cover for the transmission shaft, additional details for the MG main body, almost the complete main gun cradle and as a special highlight the radios together with the holding frame are included!

The radio front panels are two layer sandwiched for better depth and can be even more detailed with the two frequency selection knobs - the knobs only have four respectively five parts (!) - a small instruction about the cabling helps to give the radios a further realistic touch!

The ammo boxes are really easy to assemble and are best soldered together! In total there are 21 boxes to assemble for the 37mm main armament ammunition and thanks to the Griffon design allowing straightforward assembly this task to not be that mind numbing as one may fear.

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Conclusion:

This comprehensive interior set really IS an interior set leaving only minor parts respectively basic remains of the original parts from the kit! This set is very highly recommended for any Pz. 38(t) fan who wants to depict their model with lifted turret in a field workshop setting free all the wonderful details Griffon covers with this detail set!

To complete the interior Griffon offers a separate set for the Praga-Wilson gearbox which will also be reviewed here shortly!

Thanks to Griffon for the review sample!

 

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Griffon Panzer 38(t) Exterior

Griffon offers this highly detailed set to improve the exterior of the DML Panzer 38(t) Ausf. G! Included are five frets of PE, a length of 0,3mm copper wire (10cm), a length of 0,2mm copper wire (5cm), a length of 0,5mm plastic rod (5cm) and the main barrel of the Panzer 38(t)!

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Griffon Model WW2 Praga-Wilson Gearbox & Steering levers for Panzer 38(t)

This set for the DML Panzer 38(t) covers the Gearbox & Steering Levers included in the kit. It consists of one PE fret measuring 66mmx64mm, a length of 0,3mm copper wire (50mm), a length of 0,5mm plastic rod (100mm), a length of 1mm copper tube (31mm) and a resin part.

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This set is very comprehensive and once assembled the original DML gearbox is is lifted to another league of details! The PE thickness is optimal; thin enough for easy bends combined with stability!

Although at first sight some parts do look delicate and difficult to handle, the assembly of this set is straightforward for any advanced modeller! The only precarious step would be to evaluate the correct length of the two rods which are connected to the steering levers on one side and the brake drums in the chassis on the other. However, with enough care this assembly will go on easily and without further problems! Careful study of the instructions to distinguish which part has to be glued where is mandatory though!

The metal covers for the gearbox itself are best annealed before being bent and glued in place!

A full build of a DML Panzer 38(t) with Griffon's updates will follow here on Tanks and Things!

Conclusion:

This set upgrades the kit's original item and will resemble an actual gearbox with all details the original one has! The only points to consider are trimming the original kit's gearbox and the above addressed steering rods!

Highly recommended!

Thanks to Griffon Model for the review sample!

 

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Painting and weathering a white washed AFV

Hello everybody, in my first sbs I would like to display my approach on a winter camoflague, the often feared "white wash". The following pictures will hopefully illustrate my efforts on a 1/48th scale StuG III Ausf. B. I did last year. It's the Tamiya kit and I used all kinds of bits and pieces, to get the highest possible level of detail (at least according to my skills and patience lol! ).

Now lets me start a few pictures of the unpainted model:
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