Building the Hetzer

Tamiya #35285 1/35 scale

by Patricio Delfosse  © 2013 Modeler Site

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Until this Tamiya release, other companies offered us the Hetzer in 1/35 scale. The oldest mold comes from Italeri and leaves much to be desired Later Dragon flooded the market with different early and late versions among them the flamethrower and command ones which though they were a step ahead of Italeri, they still had details to be corrected. A few years ago, Eduard offered us a kit with complete interiors, but excessively pricey considering its quality. Now, I can say without a doubt that this new Tamiya kit in the ever popular 1/35 scale, is far superior to them all, a fantastic kit which includes many additional parts and markings to make it quite special.


This kit features more "early" features than what Tamiya call "middle, so we might infer this is an early version but with some modifications typical of the mid production. Anyway, this is great since it is ideal for any scenery from mid 1944 on, up to the end of the War. It also gives us the option of different paint schemes.

Although this is not a perfect kit (does perfect kits exist?), its typical Tamiya quality lets you build it straight from the box needing no aftermarket. At first, I thought to add a Voyager PE but finally, I decided to accomplish an assembly as easy and fast as possible, spending more time on painting.

Step 1 & 2

Prior to assembling everything according to instructions, the tow hooks were sanded to remove the visible ejector pin marks (parts D68 and D69)

The return rollers (parts A11) were not glued yet, to make the painting stage easier.

Output gear housing already mounted.

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