Kit Review: Dragon Models Limited 1/72 Armor Series Kit No. 7256; E-100 Heavy
Tank; (96 parts (86 in grey styrene, 6 etched brass, 2 in tan vinyl, 2 in grey
vinyl); price about $8.95
Advantages: first kit of this vehicle in this scale in styrene; inclusion of
brass and crew figures nice touches
Disadvantages: "Panzer 46" tanks always a tough call on finishing and marking
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: for all small-scale German fans
While there are still those that consider DML an "also-ran" to Tamiya, most of
them are pretty much silent these days. DML was the first to come out with some
kits that the Big T was never interested in doing, and did a respectable if not
excellent job with those kits. Among them were the ones usually called "Panzer
46" in model shows, as the tanks were either never built or never entered
service in time to see combat (e.g. they would have been the tanks in service
in 1946, hence the name; aircraft modelers refer to their equivalents as
"Luftwaffe 46" for the same reason.)
They are not really "fantasy" armor as some have called them, as the designers
had completed all major work and the blueprints were found for the vehicles
where they were not completed. But since they never got into service, colors,
markings and units of assignment are pure speculation.
Such is the case here, where DML has matched its nice 1/35 scale effort of
producing a kit of the E-100 super-heavy tank with a 1/72 scale version. From
the parts breakdown, it appears that DML may have originally intended this kit
to use a diecast hull, but this is not present and in its place comes a nice
two-piece hull form. All of the rest of the parts attach to this form, such as
the suspension units that consist of one piece per side with all suspension
arms and components cast together.
The hull carries all of the details seen on the captured prototype hull, so
the modeler does have the choice of mounting the skirts (parts D1 and D2) or
leaving them off. Brass screens are provided for the engine deck.
One of the nicer touches is the inclusion of two vinyl figures for the crew,
one commander with peaked cap and one crew member with side cap. While the
directions suggest using the camouflage pattern on them, in this scale you are
on your own! A nice marking sheet is included, along with suggested paint
schemes for a completed tank. (Note that Soviet markings are also included if
you want to show the model as "captured." )
Overall this is a nice effort and will fit in well with most small scale
collections, albeit it is the size of a 1/35 scale light tank.
Thanks to Freddie Leung of DML for the review sample.
17 years ago