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Cracking the Box: 38(t) Hetzer STARR

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About Jim Starkweather (staff_Jim)

I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom...


Hello,Jim. Better review. Perhaps a bit of a format, What's included. Quality of molding ( sinkholes / flash). And a rough view of gaps like you showed, if possible. If you can take the time to set up a "set" to place the sprues, then start recording, you may be able to have them properly framed. I am surprised, Trumpeter did not make the front fenders PE, and yet gad other small pieces as PE. The engine compartment is nice, I hope they can guesstimate what a Starr interior would look like.
DEC 12, 2011 - 01:46 PM
Thanks for the review Jim; the Hetzer is my fave panzer (actually a panzerjager) too. This looks like another quality kit from Trumpy. See you in March. Matt
DEC 12, 2011 - 02:03 PM
It's certainly time for a newer Hetzer model. Dragon's wasn't bad, but had it's faults. I would have preferred Trumpeter released a standard early, mid, or late production vehicle, rather than the rarer Starr version. Maybe this will make Dragon release an improved version to trump ( ) Trumpeter.
DEC 13, 2011 - 04:22 AM
So, are we completely ignoring the very nice and much praised Tamiya released variant that came out a few years ago then........
DEC 13, 2011 - 04:54 AM
Did I see that the roadwheels in the video were the earlier bolted ones rather than the later riveted wheels that you'd expect to see on the Starr? FYI, the whole roadwheel thing came to light on the forum when the preview of this kit showed up on Armorama a few months ago. And...wasn't the Starr pretty much a 'paper panzer'? Wasn't there only something like less that 10 produced, and some question as to whether any of 'em saw combat? Perhaps some of the more well versed Hetzer folks can weigh in here. Also, are there any aftermarket 'late' riveted roadwheels available in this scale? Thanks. 86
DEC 13, 2011 - 04:46 PM